Discovery Bottles

This is a project that is as fun as it is educational. Discovery bottles are also called science bottles and they allow your child to take on the role of a scientist. Kids are able to not only make a fun keepsake, but observe how different liquids interact with one another.

  1. Ages: 3 - 8

  2. <30 minutes

  3. A little messy


Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    Have your child make a hypothesis of how they think the oil and water will interact with one another. Will they mix? Will they swirl around one another? What about about the glitter--will it stay at the bottom or float to the top? First gather all your supplies for easy access, then add your glitter.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    Then, using a funnel, fill the bottle half way with water. Then add your food coloring. Add just a few drops and keep adding till you get the desired color.
    My girls had fun mixing the colors. They found out that the colors were very dark since there was not much water in the bottles.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    Fill the remainder of the bottle with baby oil. Then use a hot glue gun to secure the bottle lid (optional but makes it more secure).

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Done!

    Now have your child turn the bottle upside down and test their hypothesis. My kids thought it was very cool to observe how the oil and water resisted each other and how the glitter mixed with the oil.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

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