Oily Stuff

Oily Stuff Cotton Seed Oil

A science experiment that involves mixing oil, water and washing up liquid together. 

Materials Needed:

  • A Bowl (it doesn't matter on the size)
  • Washing up liquid
  • Cooking oil
  • Water

What to do:

  • Pour some water into a bowl.
  • Add some cooking oil.
  • Add a few drops of washing up liquid.
  • Mix together.

The Science Factor:

The drops of oil float on top of the water. They have a kind of stretchy skin around them and they like to stick together. When you add the washing up liquid it breaks the skin and helps the oil and water mix together.

Hints and Tips:

  • Did you know, birds have a sort of oil on their feathers. It keeps them waterproof from the rain or on a pond.


Additional Info

  • Appropriate Age: 4 year+
  • Number of Children: Individual (1), Couple (2), Few (3), Small Group (4)
  • Developmental Milestones:

    - has organized, continuous memory
    - follows and understands complex instructions (verbal and visual)

  • Play Based Learning: Sensory Play, Exploratory Play
  • Interest Areas: Cooking Area, Science and Nature, Sensory Play
  • Games Categories: Cognitive Development, Learning Games, Science Experiments, Sensory Games
  • EYLF Outcomes: Learning Outcome 4, Learning Outcome 5
  • Sub Outcomes:

    LO4 - Children Are Confident And Involved Learners

    4.3 Children transfer and adapt what they have learned from one context to another

    4.4 Children resource their own learning through connecting with people place technologies and natural and processed materials

    LO5 - Children Are Effective Communicators

    5.4 Children begin to understand how symbols and pattern systems work

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Last modified on Friday, February 6, 2015
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