As a Mum with two little ones who works full time, I always love to find those quick play setups that get a wow.

I think sometimes as parents we often forget that something simple in our minds isn't for our kids. Think back to when you were little making plastic cup telephones, gluing uncooked macaroni onto paper plates, cutting paper and making telescopes from toilet paper rolls. The opportunities were endless and the mind took you on a different journey each time.

A favourite here is "magic milk"- everytime we do it, it always ends up different. It also doesnt make me feel bad tipping out the last bits of unused milk past it's expiry.

For those that haven't heard of magic milk it's super simple. Here's the steps to create it yourself

☆ a deep dish or tray

☆ pour in some milk (full fat milk does work better)

☆ add a few drops of food colouring

☆ optional extras could be some dried flowers or glitter

☆ then add some dishwashing liquid (dish soap), either poured in or add onto a cotton tip or similar and drop into the milk

☆ watch the magic before your eyes

So how does this happen?

Milk is made up of minerals, proteins and fats. When the dish soap enters the milk the fat begins to break up. The soap molecules run around and try to attach to the fat molecules in the milk. Normally this process would be invisible to you, but the food coloring helps you to see all of the movement taking place.

So next time you have some expired milk how about you pour it into a bowl, add some food colouring and dish soap, and watch this fun experiment with your kids.

-Annie

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