Indoor Science Fun: Books for Kids GIVEAWAY

January 27, 2015

Indoor Science Fun for Kids: Color Changing Milk from

Week at a Glance:

  • Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes by Steve Spangler
  • Color Changing Milk Experiment with Step-by-Step Directions with Photos
  • Indoor Science Fun for Cold & Icy Days

Last week, I was full of proclamations about how I was back from the chaos of the Holiday Season and ready to get back to serious homeschooling and blogging. Well, well, well . . . nothing like the ugly old flu bug to take a week off of your life. I should have known better. About this time a week ago, I started coming to grips with the idea that I had something a little stronger going on than allergies. So after a week of the flu, I’m once again rebooting my new year. But bear with me . . . my brain is still a bit like mush.

Fun Science Experiments for Kids from

Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes by Steve Spangler

Why we love this book:

For many, this time of year means day after day of cold weather and many hours cooped up in doors. If you are looking for something a little bit different to keep your kiddos occupied for hours, look no further than Steve Spangler’s Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes. These experiments are science fun at it’s best. We are completing these hands-0n experiments as part of our homeschool curriculum; however, an unexpected plus is the activities keep the kids exploring long after the “experiment” is completed.

We have checked out both of Mr. Spangler’s science experiment books from our local library. Mr. Spangler is a science teacher who turns science time into a hands-on, incredibly fun time.  I like the Naked Eggs version because it has clear step-by-step directions with photos. Each science experiment also includes an in-depth kid friendly science explanation. Additionally, you can find most of the items in your pantry and around the house. My kiddos love this science book so much, we now own our own copy of the book.

Color Changing Milk

Indoor Science Fun: Color Changing Milk Experiment from


  • milk (whole or 2%)
  • dinner plate
  • food coloring
  • liquid dish-washing soap
  • cotton swabs

Indoor Science Fun: Color Changing Milk Experiment from

Step 1: Pour Milk into Plate

  • Pour enough milk in plate to completely cover the bottom.
  • Allow the milk to settle.

Indoor Science Fun: Color Changing Milk Experiment from

Step 2: Drop Food Coloring into Milk

  • Add one drop of each color.
  • Keep the drops close together in the center of the plate.

Indoor Science Fun: Color Changing Milk Experiment from

Step 3: Add Soap to Milk / Food Coloring Mixture

  • Touch the food coloring with a cotton swab.
  • What happens?
  • Place a drop of liquid soap on the other end of the cotton swab.
  • Touch the middle of the drops of food coloring with the soapy cotton swab.
  • What happens?
  • The food coloring burst like fireworks.

Indoor Science Fun: Color Changing Milk Experiment from

Step 4: Add More Soap

  • Add more soap to the cotton swab.
  • Dip the soap in the food coloring again.
  • What happens?

color changing milk experiment

Step 5: Continue Your Explorations

  • Place the soapy cotton swap in different places?
  • What happens?
  • Why does the milk and food coloring move around the plate?

Step 6: Repeat the Experiment with Water

  • What happens?

What’s Going On Here?

“The soap’s nonpolar, or hydrophilic (water-loving), end dissolves in the water, and its hydrophobic (water-fearing) end attaches to a fat globule in the milk . . . . The molecules of fat bend, roll, twist, and contort in all directions as the soap molecules race around to join up with the fat molecules.” * Steve Spangler

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We’re GIVING AWAY one copy of Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes by Steve Spangler

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Answer the following question in the comments section of this post.

How do you keep your kids occupied when they can’t play outside? (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)

The Rules:

No entries after 11:59 pm Central Time, Sunday, February 6, 2015

The winner must be a resident of The United States.

The winner will be selected at random and announced Monday, February 9, 2015. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Tiffany January 28, 2015 at 8:56 am

Usually Play-doh or Legos entertain the little ones.

Robin Guerra January 28, 2015 at 9:13 pm

Art materials… lots of it..

Emily Smith January 29, 2015 at 11:51 am

I have never seen quicksand and am totally ok with that! :)
My boys love to play with Legos. We have a huge bin full of them, that’s usually their go to activity when they can’t go outside.

Jeannine January 30, 2015 at 9:45 am

Thank goodness for Legos!

Shelley January 31, 2015 at 2:00 pm

Fortunately, with 4 kids, they find ways to entertain themselves, usually drawing, reading, imaginative games or board games.

Jeannine February 3, 2015 at 4:13 pm

Shelley, I love to hear about kids using their own imagination and creativity! It’s even better when they can work together to make their own fun.

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