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4th of July Magic Glitter Science Experiment

Are you looking for simple science experiments for your kids? This 4th of July Magic Glitter Science Experiment is an easy activity that can be done with young scientists in preschool and kindergarten. You only need a few supplies that you probably already have in your classroom or at home. 

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4th of July Magic Glitter Science Experiment:

Through interactive science experiments like this one, your kids can learn many important skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, and decision making.

They can also practice asking questions, observing, recording data, analyzing the results, drawing conclusions, and much more. 

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Getting Ready To Do The 4th of July Magic Glitter Science Experiment:

What’s Needed:

  • Red, Blue, and Silver Glitter 
  • Large Dinner Plate
  • 1-2 Cups of Water
  • ½ Teaspoon of Dish Soap 
  • Cotton Swab
  • Star-Shaped Confetti 

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If you are doing this science activity with a group of children, gather enough supplies so your kids can work in pairs or small groups.

For this experiment, we used red, blue, and silver glitter and star-shaped confetti, but you can use any color glitter and confetti. You can try it just using glitter too.

Next, pre-pour the soap into a tiny plastic cup so it is easier for your children to dip the cotton swab into it. 

How To Do The 4th of July Magic Glitter Science Experiment:

To begin this simple science experiment, pour water onto the large dinner plate but be careful not to overfill it. 

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Next, sprinkle some red, blue, and silver glitter in the middle of the plate on top of the water. Then, add star-shaped confetti carefully on top of the glitter.

Some of the glitter and confetti may begin to move around a bit and go towards the sides of the plate. 

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After adding the glitter and confetti, dip the cotton swab into the dish soap. Next, place the cotton swab into the center of the glitter and confetti.

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Finally, watch as the glitter and confetti quickly move to the sides of the plate! 

The Science Behind The Experiment:

The Magic Glitter Science Experiment isn’t really magic! It is actually an activity that demonstrates surface tension.

Surface tension is caused when the molecules in the water are attracted to each other and make the surface of the liquid strong.

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In this experiment, the glitter and confetti are light and float in the center of the water because of the surface tension.

When you add the dish soap, the surface tension is broken which makes the glitter and confetti scatter. 

This 4th of July Magic Glitter Science Experiment is an easy STEAM activity to teach your young learners about surface tension. Hope your young scientists have fun with this hands-on learning activity! 

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Magic Glitter Science Experiment

Magic Glitter Science Experiment

This Magic Glitter Science Experiment is an easy STEAM activity to teach your young learners about surface tension.

Materials

  • Red, Blue, and Silver Glitter
  • Large Dinner Plate
  • 1-2 Cups of Water
  • ½ Teaspoon of Dish Soap
  • Cotton Swab
  • Star Shaped Confetti

Instructions

To begin this simple science experiment, pour water onto the large dinner plate but be careful not to overfill it. 

Next, sprinkle some red, blue and silver glitter in the middle of the plate on top of the water. Then, add star shaped confetti carefully on top of the glitter.

Some of the glitter and confetti may begin to move around a bit and go towards the sides of the plate. 

After adding the glitter and confetti, dip the cotton swab into the dish soap. Next, place the cotton swab into the center of the glitter and confetti.

Finally, watch as the glitter and confetti quickly move to the sides of the plate! 

Notes

The Magic Glitter Science Experiment isn’t really magic! It is actually an activity that demonstrates surface tension.

Surface tension is caused when the molecules in the water are attracted to each other and make the surface of the liquid strong.

In this experiment, the glitter and confetti are light and float in the center of the water because of the surface tension.

When you add the dish soap, the surface tension is broken which makes the glitter and confetti scatter. 

 

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