Beautiful Science: Glowing Oil and Water Experiment

Oil and Water experiments have been around for a long while, but when you add glow in the dark paint in the mix, it becomes really interesting and way more memorable. Here is what you need:

  • Baby oil (is nice because it is clear) or vegetable oil
  • Colorful glowing water- you can use glow in the dark paint to make glow in the dark water or florescent paint to make water that glows under UV light. You could also make glow water using highlighters.
  • Pie pan or similar
  • Pipettes or straws

Fill a shallow container with the oil of your choice. I prefer to use baby oil because it is clear. Then, set out all the glowing water colors you wish to use.


Now it is time to PLAY! Have your child use a pipette or small straw to drop the colorful water into the pie pan of oil.


As kids drop the water in the oil it will bead up and create beautiful effects.


No matter how much colored water is added the oil and water will not mix.


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