Celebrate the 4th of July for kids with really fun and simple 4th of July science experiments. This fourth of July activity is a fun twist on the classic magic milk experiments to make it feel like your toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd graders are creating fireworks. In this red white and blue science project kids will learn some basic chemistry for kids with an independence day activity.
4th of July Science Experiments
Looking for a quick, easy, but WOW activity to celebrate the 4th of July? This fourth of july science experiments allows kids to have with a magic milk experiment that makes fireworks out of red, white and blue as kids explore a simple chemical reaction. This 4th of July Science Experiment is perfect for toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners, grade 1, and grade 2 students. Whether you add it to your 4th of July theme, as an Independence Day activity for kids.
All you need to try this Fourth of July activity are a few simple materials you probably already have in your kitchen:
- baking dish or pie pan
- star cookie cutters (optional)
- food coloring – red and blue
- liquid dish soap
- full fat milk
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The set-up for this 4th of July science experiment is super simple. Pour milk to form a thin layer in your dish – just enough to cover the bottom. Now place a couple star cookie cutters in the milk.
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Drip 2 drops of red and 2 blue food coloring inside the stars.
4th of July Activities for Preschoolers
Now drop of liquid dish soap right in the center of the star and colors scatter, just like Fourth of July fireworks!
Fourth of July Activities
Repeat with the other stars to make your own patriotic science experiment recreating fireworks in the colors of our American flag – red, white, and blue.
I love that this activity takes less than 5 minutes, but is super engaging with a great WOW effect that will keep kids curious and excited to explore and learn! The goal of early science is to keep kids inquisitive, wondering, and exploring! Learning is FUN!
You can always do the project without the cookie cutters – it will make a lovely pattern that is as fun to experiment with as it is mesmorizing to watch.
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So let’s get to the educational part of this fun preschool science experiment.
This kitchen science experient uses milk. Milk is made up of minerals, proteins, and fats – which is why we used whole fat milk. When we add dish soap to the milk, the dish soap molecules move around to try and attach to the fat molecules in the milk. The food coloring allows us to see this in a way that we couldn’t in the white milk. The food coloring gets shoved out of the way and makes it look like fireworks! When all the dish soap that you introduce has attached itself to the fat, the show is over. Try adding some more and see what happens!
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