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Make Marbled Cards Using Science!

Active Time
20-30 minutes
Total Project Time
20-30 minutes
Key Concepts
Chemistry, Surfactants, Miscibility, Hydrophobicity, Hydrophilicity
marbled paper

Introduction

Do you like both, arts and science? Then this is the perfect activity for you! You will create beautiful marbled paper cards and practice science at the same time! The only materials you need are shaving cream, food coloring, and sheets of paper. It might get a bit messy, but that is part of the fun!

Credits

Svenja Lohner, PhD, Science Buddies
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Materials

  • Two large plates
  • Shaving cream (not gel)
  • Liquid food coloring (at least two different colors)
  • White printer paper or cardstock paper
  • Medical dropper
  • Scissors
  • Spoon
  • Toothpick
  • Jumbo craft stick
  • Paper towels
  • Spray bottle
  • Water
    Materials for paper marbling

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Active Time
20-30 minutes
Total Project Time
20-30 minutes
Key Concepts
Chemistry, Surfactants, Miscibility, Hydrophobicity, Hydrophilicity