Can Water Walk? Intriguing isn’t it?

Water Experiments

Varun and I are continuing with our science explorations. First we did our volcanoes and then we watched what happens to the dishwater tablets. Next up, it was our turn to watch water walk.

Yup, when I read the title of Walking Water Science Experiment on Pinterest, I wanted to see it action right away. We set to it right away.

Water Experiments

First up, we got out 4 glasses of water and added food color to it. Varun stirred it all up.

Then I folded paper napkins into thirds (along the length) and we folded and added them to the glasses. See image below.

I asked Varun to touch the top of the napkins. They were dry.

As water started “walking up” the napkins ( ala capillary action), the tops got damp. When he touched them a few minutes later they were damp. And later they got the color.

Water Experiments

He was excited to show me how the color’s met towards the top of the napkins. We used tall glasses so this kindda took hours. It was a test of patience. But with shorter glasses and higher water levels it could be within an hour.

Next up was another variation of seeing water walking.

Walking Water

We stared with 2 glasses full of water. One was colored blue and other yellow. A third empty glass was placed in between them.I folded paper napkins and kept them such that one end dipped in colored water and other end rested in empty glass.

Over time, water rose up the napkins and collected in the empty glass in the middle.Ā The empty glass now had green water šŸ™‚

Walking Water

An excellent way to showcase color theoryĀ alongsideĀ some science!

I think Varun is too young to understand “capillary action” or at least I wasn’t sure how to explain it to him but I think when he learns the concept later on he will remember these fun experiments. It was fun for us grown up’s too : )

Would you try this? What else would you recommend we try as we explore Science at home?

Where Do The Dishwasher Tablets Go?


Varun has been in love with science. He doesn’t know it as science but as experiments. Say Experiments and his eyes light up!

I couldn’t believe it how simple baking soda + vinegar volcanoes have evolved into a love for experiments.

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We also did the “free” toys trapped in ice to learn about how water freezes into ice and then it slowly melts back into water. Instead of waiting for the ice to melt slowly, he took theĀ entire ice box under hot tap water to melt it in minutes. Talk about impatience!

We mixed different liquids (water, oil, vinegar and soap) to see if they dissolve into each other or separate out into different layers. He shook it and then kept it on the counter and was fascinated to see the liquids separate out.


He wants to measure, mix, stir and see what happens.He keeps asking for more.

More than the guided experiments that I try with him, what impressed me most about this is how he has taken this further. Today while helping me load the dishwasher, he wondered what happened to all the tablets that he puts in. Where do they go?

He asked me what happens to them? Where does the white part go? And what about the blue?

And what about the plastic wrapper?

I handed him a glass of water to see what happens. He dropped in a tablet and it immediately started bubbling up. It turned cloudy, the blue soap rose to the top slowly. He got a spoon to stir the water and then fish out the “plastic” and saw that it has disappeared a little bit.

Then he asked me for hot water. He said, will it disappear completely in hot water.

I gave him some and this time the whole thing melted quickly. A small plastic piece remained, which we have kept on the counter so we can check it out in the morning.

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I am excited to learn “science” with him again. Its fun. Its interactive and its simply amazing to see how he is learning.

If only he shared some of this excitement for reading and writing šŸ˜‰