The Terrific Colorific Experiment

Our first experiment of the year was inspired by the book Georgia’s Terrific, Colorific Experiment by Zoe Persico. In this book Georgia learns that science and art are connected as she works to create her own unique science experiment. In the Valley science lab students experimented with milk, soap, and food coloring to create their own colorific experiments. They practiced making predictions, observing closely, and asking scientific questions. 

This experiment can easily be recreated at home with wonderful results. In class students wondered, what would happen if we did the experiment with water instead of milk, could you use different types of milk and how long would it take the colors to stop swirling. To test these questions at home you’ll need…


Whole milk, dish soap, food coloring, Q-tips  


  1. Pour milk into a small plate or tray 
  2. Drop in food coloring
  3. Dip the Q-tip into dish soap 
  4. Touch the tip of the Q-tip to one of the food coloring dots and observe 

Don’t forget to make detailed observations and share your findings!