Magic Marker Color Experiment

This is an interesting experiment--for kids and adults alike--using basic supplies. Watch how the colors slowly creep up the paper towel strips, like magic!

  1. Ages: 3 - 11

  2. 1 hour - 2 hours

  3. Messy

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    Cut the paper towel into ~1 inch strips.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    Draw a line towards the bottom of the strip, about 1 inch from the end. Use different colors for each strip.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    Add some water to the cups.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

    Carefully place the paper strip into the water. The end with the color line should be in the water, but only the tip of the paper towel should touch the water.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Done!

    Watch what happens as the color moves up the paper towel.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

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