Water Transfer Experiment

By | March 15, 2013

Really there are so many fun science experiments out there to try and I was really looking forward to trying this one out.  Of course this one takes a little time which means my girls were a little disappointed that nothing happened instantaneously but the next morning when they woke up and saw their experiment it was worth the wait!

They both had fun setting the water transfer experiment up and we decided to use five glasses instead of the normal three because my oldest could not decide if she wanted to make orange or purple so we did both.  Because this experiment is not only a great science experiment it also shows color changing, so if you have little ones learning colors this would be great!

What is happening with this experiment? The water from the full glass moves up your paper towel into your empty glass, this process is called  Capillary Action.  The water will continue to move until each glass has an equal amount of water in them.  Then by adding the food color, the water from each glass mixes together to make the new color.

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5 glasses (could use just 3)
Food Color
Paper Towels


 Fill each glass half full or more with water.  Then add Blue, Red, & Yellow food color to three of the glasses
 Stir up the water to disperse the color.
 Rip a paper towel in half and the fold or twist it
Put your paper towles going from the full glasses to the empty glasses (the girls ready for something to happen, must learn patients)
After time the empty glasses will fill with water transferred from the paper towels. (this was the next morning)
 My little one woke up first and the first thing we had to do was check our experiment.
 She is showing me the water in the empty glass, and I pointed out to her it was a different color.
My oldest just thought it was the coolest thing that the water filled the empty glasses but it was much cooler because we made new colors purple & orange

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35 thoughts on “Water Transfer Experiment

  1. 2Momma2

    Hi! I’m new to your blog (and blogging in general, I just started 2 of my own last week). I love this idea! I’ve done something similar when I used to work with kiddos with autism, but I love this idea of transferring to empty bowls!

    1. Tracey Kite

      Thanks! And welcome to the blogging world, I am glad you like this one and that is really cool that you have done it before and use to work with kids with Autism. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Sarah

    Visiting through the Kids in the Kitchen linky…I bet the kids thought this was really cool. My kids will love this…thanks!

  3. Frosted Fingers

    This is an awesome experiment! If I wasn’t afraid my cats would knock all the glasses over we’d try it. Thanks for linking up!

    1. Tracey Kite

      We have three cats and I was surprised that they did not touch this at all. Some of our other experiments we have to hide from the cats but this one they just were not interested in. Good Luck, I hope your furry friends let you do give this a try!

  4. Anne Kimball

    Hi Tracey, I’m Anne from Life on the Funny Farm (http://annesfunnyfarm.blogspot.com), and I’m visiting from the Creative Home Acre Blog Hop.

    What a fantastic experiment! Would have been interesting enough without the dye, just to see the water transfer, but the cye made it extra special!

    Anyway, thanks for posting this. If you ever get a chance, stop over to my blog to say hi! Have a great day…

  5. Heather May

    This is so cute! Tanks for linking up at FrugalFitFamily.com! My kids will LOVE this and is a cold spring break here so a fun project is definitely needed!!!

  6. Hannah White

    LOVE this idea!! I am pinning it to do with my little ones and the playschool children! And I am featuring it next week at the Link-Up!

    Thanks for sharing with us! I hope you stop by again next week at Eco-Kids Tuesday!

  7. Carrie

    Oh, how neat!! We definitely will have to try this. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

  8. Allison

    We love the water transfer experiment! It’s so much fun! I’m featuring this on The Sunday Showcase tomorrow.

  9. Jessica @ A Humble Creation

    Your daughters are right! This is very cool! I’m definitely pinning many of your science experiments for our summer at home enrichment and fun! Thanks for sharing at A New Creation!

  10. Tracy

    cool experiment. would have been neat to have set up a sixth glass between the yellow and blue in a triangle pattern to make green also.

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  12. lydia larae

    I love this idea so much! We’ve played with colored water a lot…including the one with the piece of celery in the water over night to watch it absorb the color through capillary action, but this activity that incorporates color blending is so cool! thanks for sharing.

    my blog is http://lydiashandmadelife.blogspot.com if you want to check us out and follow back.


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