Water Drop Races

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In this activity, learners will explore the physics of liquids and gas by playing with both! Learners of any age use their own breath to move drops of water across a smooth wax paper surface. Activity includes step-by-step instructions.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

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

Age Range:
Ages 4 - adult

Resource Type:


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Water
  • Drinking straw
  • Wax paper
  • Colored tape
  • Food coloring (optional)


  • Physical Sciences
    • States of Matter

Informal Categories

  • Games
  • Physical Activity


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  • Free access


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  • Discovery At Home


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