This Jack Skellington refraction experiment is going to blow your kids minds! When you submerge it in water – half of the color will disappear but the outlines will stay.
This is a great way to teach your kids about refraction (details below).
It’s a classic science experiment with a Halloween twist – I thought I would share with everyone!
Here is what you’ll need:
- Sheet of white paper cut into a square
- Black sharpie
- Pink washable marker (any color works)
- Large container of water
- Zip lock baggie
- Take your sheet of white paper and draw Jack Skellington. If drawing isn’t your thing you can google search an image and trace it 🙂
2. Color in Jack’s face with a pink marker – or any color you’d like!
3. Put your drawing into a zip lock baggie. Make sure it is sealed tight.
4. Use your black sharpie and trace the black parts of Jack on the outside of the ziplock bag. Make sure to color in the eyes.
5. Now the fun part! Slowly dunk your drawing into a container of water watch the pink on Jack’s face disappear!
6. When you pull the drawing back out the pink returns – my kids were shocked!
Here is the science behind it:
When we look at the water from the top of the container the total reflection will occur and the light will not enter our eyes, so the part written on the paper in the ziplock bag cannot be seen while the part written on the ziplock bag is not totally refracted so you can still see it. When we lifted the ziplock bag out of the water we can see two parts!
Here is a short video of us doing our Jack Skellington Refraction Experiment:
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