Name of the activity: Glow in the dark Magic Milk (chemistry)
Age group: Kindergarten (age 3-5)
Duration: 20 – 30 mins
Materials: Blacklight, milk, dish soap, toothpicks/Q-tips, neon & glow in the dark paints, plastic plates, bowls
This is an extension of Activity #2. Magic Milk. Instead of regular colorings, the students will create glow in the dark coloring base using neon and glow in the dark paints. The students will pour the milk on the plate, turn all the lights off and turn the black light on. Using the dropper or other tools, they will drop the colors into the milk. The colors will glow in the dark. Then they will drop a drop of dish soap into the milk using a toothpick or a Q-tip and observe how the colors react in the milk! The video does not specify, but in each attempt (take 1, 2, 3), the teacher can ask the students questions such as “What should we do to make the colors spread out?” or “What can we do to make the paints more watery?” The students will be encouraged to observe other students’ plates and share their ideas about their work.
Skills that students will enhance through the activity: analysis skills, observation skills, co-operation/discussion skills, hypothesis skills.