Kids will love watching the interplay between coloured water and oil and floating objects.
They’re also observing some everyday chemistry whether they know it or not!

Suitable for ages:
2 years and up
Time required:
30 mins
2 out of 5
Related Programs: Mini Mariners / Kids On Deck

Enjoying science play and simple experiments with young children is a fun and easy opportunity to foster their curiosity and problem solving skills.

How to make curiosity jars 

What You'll Need:
  • 1 cup clear baby oil
  • A few drops of coloured food dye
  • 2-3 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon glitter or sequins
  • Plastic toy sea creatures or ships
  • An empty clear plastic bottle with the labels removed

To Make:

Step 1.
Pour the baby oil into your plastic bottle, then add cold water to fill to 2/3 full.

Step 2.
Add a few drops of food colouring, the sequins or glitter and the plastic creatures/ ship.

Step 3.
Secure the lid with extra sticky tape/gaff tape (and craft glue as well if needed) to avoid any keen little scientists tipping the contents out!

And there you have your fun new curiosity jar!

We’d love to see your creations! 
Please send us photos either by email to: or tag us on Instagram - just tag the photo with our username

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