Walking Water

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In this activity, learners will be working with a sort of scientific magic, capillary action! They will set up 3 cups of water of different colors, connect them with paper towels and wait. Included in this activity is a step by step guide with information on capillary action and quick extensions and adaptions. This activity requires patience however!

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 11

Resource Type:


Materials List (per group of students)

  • 3 Clear Cups of Equal Height
  • 2 Half-Sheet of Paper Towel
  • Water,
  • Various Food Coloring
  • 1 Spoon


  • Physical Sciences
    • Structure and Properties of Matter


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


Source Collection

  • Life and Science at Home


  • Public domain, Museum of Life and Science, 2021