Oil + Water Chemistry

  1. Grades 3-5


Oil and water may not mix, but kids and chemistry definitely do! First, set up your own chemistry lab. Add fizzy tablets to oil and dyed water to make an underwater “volcano,” make colorful, swirly art, explore the concept of density when you build an oil-and-water-powered ship-in-a-bottle, and more!

Why it’s awesome

  1. 3 experiments

    Make an underwater volcano, bubble bottle, and underwater fireworks.

  2. Sailing ship-in-a-bottle

    Build an oil-and-water sailing scene toy.

  3. Swirly art

    Create colorful art with chemistry and share a postcard with a friend.

What’s included?

  • 3 food coloring bottles, each 0.5 fl oz (15 mL)

  • vegetable and baby oil, each 3.38 oz (100 mL)

  • 10 fizzy tablets

  • 5 beakers

  • 2 test tubes

  • 4 foam lab bases

  • 5 squeeze bulbs

  • funnel and tray

  • stir stick

  • 2 plastic cups

  • cotton balls

  • 5 watercolor sheets

  • 5 postcard frames

  • bottle with wood base

  • boat

  • foam clouds

  • pebbles

  • mess mat

  • illustrated lab book

Topics explored

  1. Scientific method

  2. Density experiments

  3. Mixing oil and water

From the desk of the product designer:

Behind the design

This crate is all about experimentation — with oil and water! Discover the molecular science behind oil with fun experiments like an underwater volcano and fireworks. Plus, turn science into art creating a one-of-a-kind postcard and a boat in a bottle.

- KiwiCo Product Designer

By the numbers


Milliliters of oil used in development


Boats tested


Experiments considered

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