Viscosity Art STEAM Project for Kids

Art and science mix with this fun viscosity art STEAM project!

Learn how liquids move differently through liquids with different viscosity and make interesting color-mixing art at the same time.

Fun and easy viscosity art and science activity for kids.

Kids will love doing this project over and over!

It's easy enough to set up this engaging activity at home or in a classroom science center.

Viscosity Art STEAM Project

This is a fun project that is also a science experiment for kids.

While doing this activity, you can discuss the concept of viscosity.

What is viscosity?

Viscosity is the thickness of a liquid, or how much it resists being poured. A liquid with a thin viscosity, like water, flows easily.

A liquid with a higher viscosity is thicker and won't flow as easily, such as honey or corn syrup.

Young kids will understand that a liquid that has a higher viscosity, is denser, and it will be heavier and thicker.

If you’re doing this project with older kids, you can get into density versus mass and how they are different.

Viscosity Art Project Supplies:

Household supplies for viscosity activity for kids

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How to do the Viscosity Art STEAM Project

Fill the bottom of each paper plate with either oil, water, or corn syrup.

Step by step directions for viscosity kids experiment

Use pipettes to drop small drops of colored water onto each plate.

Using pipette to add food coloring in viscosity activity

Watch as the colors spread, or don’t spread, on the plates.

The plate with the oil will not turn colors, because oil and water do not mix.

Kid adding food coloring for viscosity activity

The water plate will mix the fastest, because water is less viscous than corn syrup.

Mixing colors for viscosity art activity

And on the corn syrup plate, the colors mix slowly and beautifully, creating color mixing patterns that are bright and colorful.

Viscosity art and science activity tutorial

Challenge the kids to see what colors they can make on their corn syrup plate.

Close up of color mixing in viscosity STEAM project for kids

Use the magnifying glass to get a closer look at the liquids too.

Viscosity Art Discussion Questions:

Here are some questions you can ask before, during, and after this viscosity activity for kids:

  • How do you think the colors will mix when added to water? Oil? Corn syrup?
  • Which one mixed fastest?
  • Which one mixed slowest?
  • Which one did not mix?
  • Which plate surprised you?

Once you are done, you can take pictures of the results or ask the kids to draw their results.

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