The Magic Milk Experiment

I saw the magic milk experiment a while back and filed it for future reference. Then the weather here reached stupid temperatures coupled with a bout of bronchiolitis for Baby Boy meant I was desperately thinking of quick wins to do in the house.

And so I pulled the magic milk experiment out. If you don’t know what it is then you’ve come to the right place, it’s where the milk magically swirls the colours. All by itself.


And to do is fairly simple and inexpensive. All you need is some full fat milk, some food colouring, a bit of the old fairy liquid and a cotton bud.

1. Pour a shallow layer of milk on a plate


2. Drop some food colouring into the milk. TIP use liquid food colouring not the posh Wilton gel colour.

milk food colouring

3. Dip the cotton bud in the fairy liquid the dip it in the milk.

4. The milk will start to swirl the colours of its own accord.

Milk swirl food colouring




  1. June 23, 2015 / 1:00 pm

    Oh wow this looks so pretty. I didn’t even guess that this would happen. I’m going to try this at home this week. What a fun party trick! šŸ˜€



    • Laura
      June 23, 2015 / 1:32 pm

      Clever isn’t it! There is the science but about molecules and stuff, changing and breaking bonds or something x

  2. June 23, 2015 / 3:01 pm

    Wow I never knew about this! Must try it! #toddlerapprovedtuesday

    • Laura
      June 23, 2015 / 5:26 pm

      It’s one of those things you don’t believe until you see it!

  3. June 23, 2015 / 5:08 pm

    That looks a fun thing to try! Simple but effective. Thanks for sharing #ToddlerApprovedTuesday

    • Laura
      June 23, 2015 / 5:27 pm

      It’s easy as everything is in the house normally!

  4. June 23, 2015 / 7:50 pm

    Ohhhhh I saw this on pinterest a while ago and wondered if it really worked! I shall add it to an #afterschoolmat (check out the hashtag on Instagram) one day soon, the monsters will love it!


  5. June 24, 2015 / 12:25 am

    I have heard of this before, but never tried it and have now put it on my rainy day to do list! Fab idea! šŸ™‚ x

    • Laura
      June 24, 2015 / 7:26 am

      It’s was on our too sunny list ha! It’s really fun to watch x

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