"Ocean in a Bottle" – Creative Outdoor Science

It’s summer again and the perfect time for outdoor activities. Ocean in a Bottle captivates children and leads the way to science discoveries. Simply add Colorations® Liquid Watercolor and BioColor Shimmer Powder to plain water in any clear plastic bottle. Cap tightly and shake it up vigorously. You’ll immediately discover your bottle is full of swirling “oceans” of shimmery colored waves that stay in motion long after you’ve stopped shaking your bottle.

What’s happening here? What principle of science does this exciting project illustrate? Water molecules, or H20, are invisible to the eye. If you shake up a water bottle, the water molecules begin swirling around quickly but you can’t see them move because they’re invisible to the eye. In this project you are “tagging” the water molecules with color and shimmer powder (a non-toxic micro glitter) which enables you to see the water and how it is set in motion as you shake it up. There is so much to the world around us that we cannot see without a microscope. Welcome to the fascinating world of earth science!

Complete directions are outlined in the Smart Art Lesson Plan attached. Instead of Colorations® Sticker Glue, use Self Adhesive Art Foam Shapes to decorate each bottle. Enjoy your summer!

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