How to Create the Northern Lights in a Bowl

Learn about mixtures and solutions in science class, and create the northern lights effect!

How to Create the Northern Lights in a Bowl
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Gather your supplies.  This will get messy!

Gather your supplies. This will get messy!

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Any food coloring will work, but if you can find "neon" food coloring that will be great.  The "eerie" green is best in this pack!

Any food coloring will work, but if you can find "neon" food coloring that will be great. The "eerie" green is best in this pack!

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Mark each plate with a name - they will be hard to tell apart without it!!

Mark each plate with a name - they will be hard to tell apart without it!!

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Put Q-Tips in a cup with dish soap - you will need several

Put Q-Tips in a cup with dish soap - you will need several

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For the final effect, pour white glue in a plastic bowl

For the final effect, pour white glue in a plastic bowl

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Kids love this part!

Kids love this part!

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Lab coats for science class are a must!

Lab coats for science class are a must!

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Add water - about 90% glue and 10% water is fine

Add water - about 90% glue and 10% water is fine

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Add food coloring in dots in the center of each bowl or plate

Add food coloring in dots in the center of each bowl or plate

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This gets messy - have a plate for the food coloring with lids off

This gets messy - have a plate for the food coloring with lids off

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Have fun!

Have fun!

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Touch the Q-Tip with the soap on the end to the top of the food coloring and watch the northern lights emerge!

Touch the Q-Tip with the soap on the end to the top of the food coloring and watch the northern lights emerge!

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Safety first!

Safety first!

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Don't swirl!  Let the magic happen!

Don't swirl! Let the magic happen!

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The neon colors really look like the northern lights!

The neon colors really look like the northern lights!

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Wow!  In the glue mixture, the colors will continue to spread

Wow! In the glue mixture, the colors will continue to spread

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Repeat and have fun!

Repeat and have fun!

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Wow!

Wow!

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The white parts will dry clear and make great sun catchers!

The white parts will dry clear and make great sun catchers!

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Find a good spot for them to dry!  It will take a week to dry and remove from the plate.

Find a good spot for them to dry! It will take a week to dry and remove from the plate.

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Hold it up to the sun and see the northern lights!  Punch a little hole and put a string through it and hang it in a window.

Hold it up to the sun and see the northern lights! Punch a little hole and put a string through it and hang it in a window.

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Continue the experiment and try it on all the types of milk and the water.  What happens in each bowl?  Research on Steve Spangler Science to find out.  Have fun!

Continue the experiment and try it on all the types of milk and the water. What happens in each bowl? Research on Steve Spangler Science to find out. Have fun!

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