Oil and Water Experiment

Oil and water experiment

Turn art time into a science lesson with this Oil and Water Experiment! While dropping oil over colored drops of water, explain why oil and water can’t be mixed. In the end, your child will understand how different molecules interact and have some beautiful artwork to show off!


  • Drying Rack
  • Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Pipettes
  • Liquid Watercolor or Watered Down Food Coloring
  • Clear Shallow Pan
  • Cardstock Paper


  1. Use your pipettes to drop several colors of the watercolor or watered down food coloring into your pan.
  2. Use a clean pipette to drop oil around the colors in the pan.
  3. Lay a sheet of cardstock into the pan to soak up the oil and color.
  4. Lift the paper to reveal a beautiful print. Repeat the process to make more prints.
  5. Let the papers dry overnight.
  6. Once dry, use scissors to cut out petals, a stem, and leaves for a fun art extension.

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