Hidden Color Chemistry

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In this activity, learners will discover what colors are in different markers, and may be surprised at the results. This activity includes step-by-step instructions with pictures and a "What's Happening?" section explaining how the activity worked.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • Coffee Filters
  • Cups
  • Pencil
  • Sponge
  • Washable Markers (red, blue, yellow)
  • Black Washable Markers (different brands)
  • Scissors
  • Water


  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
    • Structure and Properties of Matter

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Nature and Environment


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