July is all about fireworks. Some kids love the colorful and loud explosions in the sky around the Fourth of July weekend. Other kiddos aren't so sure about this noisy annual tradition.
Regardless of whether or not your kids are fans of the real thing, you can work together to re-create the bursts of cascading color we see with fireworks displays by using a few basic ingredients you likely already have in your cabinets.
Use this project as an opportunity to talk science with your kids!
Why does the color seem to "fall" from the oil into the water? Food coloring dissolves in water but not in oil. Because the oil is less dense than the water, it will float at the top. The colored droplets will begin to sink because they are heavier than the oil.
Once they sink into the water, they will begin dissolving slowly-creating the tiny "explosions."