Mixing Oil and Water

Some things just don’t get along well with each other. Take oil and water as an example, you can mix them together and shake as hard as you like but they’ll never become friends…..or will they? Take this fun experiment a step further and find out how bringing oil and water together can help you do your dishes.

  • Water
  • Food coloring
  • 2 tablespoons of cooking oil
  • Dishwashing liquid or detergent

Instructions:

  1. Add a few drops of food coloring to the water.
  2. Pour about 2 tablespoons of the colored water along with the 2 tablespoons of cooking oil into the small soft drink bottle.
  3. Screw the lid on tight and shake the bottle as hard as you can.
  4. Put the bottle back down and have a look, it may have seemed as though the liquids were mixing together but the oil will float back to the top.

What’s happening?

While water often mixes with other liquids to form solutions, oil and water does not. Water molecules are strongly attracted to each other, this is the same for oil because they are more attracted to their own molecules they just don’t mix together. They separate and the oil floats above the water because it has a lower density.

If you really think oil and water belong together then try adding some dishwashing liquid or detergent. Detergent is attracted to both water and oil helping them all join together and form something called an emulsion. This is extra handy when washing those greasy dishes, the detergent takes the oil and grime off the plates and into the water, yay!

Mixing Oil and Water

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Planting activities are one of our favorite things to do with preschoolers. They love being able to care for something that is real and to see firsthand the growth process!

As Maria Montessori said, “Nothing should be given to the brain that is not first given to the hand”. We embrace hands-on learning in our Montessori classroom. We are using every opportunity to make learning practical.
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Daily observation of a plant

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Martin Luther King Jr. was an activist who had a vision of America we have today. He believed that all citizens, regardless of the color of their skin, should enjoy the same rights, liberties, and freedoms that are granted to all Americans. Dr. King did not just “talk the talk.” He “walked the walk.” A firm believer in non-violent protest, King campaigned peacefully despite constant threats, jail-time, and beatings. He lived by example, remaining peaceful yet refusing to stop fighting against an unjust social and political system until his assassination in 1968.  He will always be remembered for his perseverance, vision and ultimate sacrifice.

Martin Luther King

 

 

 

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