Walking Water Experiment

Walking Water Experiment
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Observe capillary action in action with this colorful experiment.

80 minutes
36 - 60 months
Group size
1 - 8 tots


  • 3 Small plastic bowls (Need to be the same size)
  • Food coloring
  • Water
  • Paper towels


  1. Place the three containers in a line on a flat surface.
  2. Fill the outer two containers about half full of water.
  3. Put 5 drops of red in one container of water.
  4. Put 5 drops of blue in the other container.
  5. Tear one paper towel in half. Fold each half in half.
  6. Place one end of a paper towel half in the red water. Place the other end of this paper towel in the empty container in the middle.
  7. Repeat Step 6 with the other paper towel and the blue water.
  8. Observe the containers over the next hour. The paper towels will absorb the water and transfer it into the center container. The water will continue to move until there is an equal amount of water in each of the three containers. The red water and blue water will combine in the center container to form purple water.

Developmental skills