Looking for a fun and spooky way to get in the Halloween spirit?
This spooky dry erase floating ink experiment is perfect for anyone who loves science and wants to have a little bit of spookiness this Halloween.
The best part is that you can make your own floating ink! All you need are some simple household supplies. Plus, this project is perfect for kids of all ages.
To know more things to do this Halloween, check out my Fun Halloween Activities for Kids blog post.
Read the instructions below to learn how to make your own fun floating ink activity!
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Why does the ink from dry erase marker float in water?
Have you ever wondered why the ink from a dry erase marker floats in water? It’s actually pretty simple.
Dry erase markers use a type of ink that is soluble in water. This means that the ink particles will dissolve in water and spread out evenly throughout the liquid. When you add food coloring to the water, it creates a contrast that makes the floating ink more visible. Cool, huh?
Find out how easy it is to make a spooky dry erase floating ink experiment below.
Spooky Dry Erase Floating Ink Experiment
Now gather the things you need and let’s start the experiment.
- Dry erase markers
- White plate
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- Use the dry erase marker to draw creepy shapes on the plate.
2. Pour a small amount of water slowly onto the plate. The shapes should begin to lift when the water touches them. If they do not lift completely, tilt the plate slightly.
- Do not use too much water. If the shape doesn’t lift, try pouring off the water and pouring less.
- Use new dry erase markers.
- Always use a completely dry plate.
- A ceramic plate with an enamel glaze was used in this experiment. Paper plates will not work. This was not tested on glass or plastic (but that would be a fun variation to try to make the experience more scientific.)
- To expand the activity, touch a piece of paper or cotton swab to the floating shapes to see what happens when they touch a dry surface.
- Smaller shapes work best. Larger designs fall apart when they begin to float.
- The entire shape should touch. If dry lines cross the shape, the pieces will lift separately.
Homeschool families love science experiments! They are a relatively easy and low mess, which is a homeschool mom’s dream. Plus, kids are always fascinated by them.
So, the next time you’re looking for a fun homeschool science experiment, try the Spooky Dry Erase Floating Ink Experiment, and let me know how it turned out!
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Do you have a 1st grader? Try these fun Halloween activities for 1st graders! I’m sure your little one will have a blast this Halloween with these activities.
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