Magic Colored Milk

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In this chemistry activity (page 5 of the PDF), learners will use milk and a few other basic ingredients to create a chemical change to make a color wheel. Although this is a previsit activity for a workshop about cooking with chemistry, it also makes an excellent stand alone activity!

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$10 - $20 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity


Materials List (per group of students)

  • 2% or whole milk
  • Food coloring (use 4 colors)
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Cotton swabs
  • Plate (not paper)


  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
      • Chemical Reactions

Informal Categories

  • Food and Cooking


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

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Access Rights:

  • Free access


Source Collection

  • Student Workshops


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