Wiggly Water

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This is a simple and fun activity for learners to explore water and colors. The activity includes a time and age recommendation, a materials list, step-by-step set up instructions, recommendations for things to try and to notice, tips for adults, learning and skills connections, a "what's going on" section, and a note about doing STEAM with kids.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

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

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 11

Resource Type:


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Water
  • Food coloring
  • White paper or other similar material
  • Wax paper
  • A baking sheet, tray, or similar item with rimmed sides
  • Smalls jars or containers - one for each color of food coloring
  • Straws
  • Droppers (or straws, or spoons)


  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
    • Structure and Properties of Matter

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Nature and Environment


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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