Milk Exploration (1 - 2 year olds)

A great opportunity to practice the senses and identify colours, all you need is some milk and food colouring.

Home Learning

You will need

  • Shallow bowl
  • Milk
  • Food colouring
  • Spoons

What to do

  1. Fill the bottom of the shallow tray/bowl with milk, just enough to cover the bottom- no need to fill it.
  2. Place droplets of food colouring at different distances around the tray. Use contrasting colours for the best effect.
  3. Use something (cotton buds, spoons, or even your finger) to stir the milk and mix the colours slowly - what changes can you see?
  4. Develop your language skills by explaining what you see, and making conclusions - for example what happens when blue and yellow are mixed?

If you have more milk, why not make this into a predictions activity, where you choose the colours, predict what will happen, and then check if your prediction is correct. This is a vital part of sequencing and even storytelling.

Learning outcomes

  • Develops fine motor skills as the child uses their grip or their finger to mix the colours.
  • Scientific understanding- particularly about how 2 liquids can mix, and the mixture of colours.
  • Counting skills (as the child counts the number of food colouring droplets you put in the milk).
  • Cause and effect and prediction abilities - a key scientific concept that can aid further learning by encouraging fore-thought.

Ask your child

  • What can you see?
  • What happens to the colour when you first drop it in?
  • What happens when you mix these colours?
  • Why do you think the colours have changed?