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Magic Color Breakdown Experiment
 
Separating Colors
Materials you will need:

Water
Blotting paper (letter size or smaller)
Bread Baking tin (small) or a dish with an edge
4-8 different colored markers (felt tip pens)
• Tape

This is a color changing experiment !

 
Steps

1. Line up your blotting paper and the lids of the marker pens that you will use this experiment.

                    

2. Leaving around half a inch from the bottom of the blotting paper; press each color marker pen down on the blotting paper gently so that a dot can be formed.

                    

3. Tape your blotting paper to the top of your baking tin making sure that there is a bit of space left at the bottom so that you can pour some water in. Leave about half an inch from the bottom edge of the tin.

                    

4. Slowly pour in some water until it just reaches the bottom of the blotting paper - making sure that the colored markings (dots) do not dip into the water.

                    

5. Watch to see what happens to all the colors as the water is absorbed by the blotting paper.
         

                              

                    Have a good look at all the colors being broken down below:

                              

                             

                             

                                  

                                             

                    

How many different colors can you see?

You may think that your marker is green, but when you see the break down you can actually see the different colors that make up the color green.

Which color marker has the most colors in it?

NOTE: Blotting paper works best on this experiment. You can usually find this paper at a stationery shop. 

This is also called Chromatography. 

Chromatography is to separate the components of a mixture or the separation of mixtures.

 
 
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