Happy July 4th: In lieu of fireworks

July 4th fireworks (or rather art in lieu of fireworks) is what motivated this post. Combining the traditional blue, red and white we created fireworks on paper using paint and forks.

Here is the finished work.

Continuing on with the fireworks idea I decided to try an experiment with Milk and dish soap. The result was just like July 4th fireworks in a bowl of Milk. You will need some whole milk, food coloring and a few drops of dish soap.

Pour some milk in a dish…we started off with a clear dish however switched to a white one below. After putting a few drops of food coloring we took a ear bud and dipped it in dish soap.

Gently touched the center of the colored area and whoa…look at that burst.

Nadia spent a lot of time just oohing and aahing at the colors.

So what’s happening here? Milk has a lot of vitamins, minerals, proteins and fats. The secret to the burst of color is the tiny drop of soap. Dish soap is bipolar and it weakens the chemical bonds…the fat molecules, soap molecules and the food coloring molecules all race around resulting in the burst of colors.

Oh and this also works with almond milk.

Hope everyone had a happy 4th July.



Milk is mostly water but it also contains vitamins, minerals, proteins, and tiny droplets of fat suspended in solution. Fats and proteins are sensitive to changes in the surrounding solution (the milk). – See more at: http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments/milk-color-explosion#experiment-procedure

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