Drops of food colour swirl on the surface of milk when a toothpick
introduces a droplet of dishwashing liquid. The colours do
not mix with each other, but continue in separate in swirling
patterns. The toothpick can be dipped into the milk again
and will reactivate the swirling motion. Moving the toothpick
to a new spot can later result in mixing of the various colours.
A flat glass dish about 15 cm diameter and at least 2 cm deep.
Warm skim milk (cover the bottom of the dish to about 1 cm deep).
Several food colours (red, yellow, blue, and green work well).
A film canister filled with dishwashing liquid.
Place a dish containing milk onto the table and allow it to become
motionless. Then drop two drops of each food colour at separate
points around the edge of the dish (be careful not bump the table or do
anything that would mix the colours). Now dip the end of a
toothpick into the dishwashing liquid and touch it lightly in the
middle of the milk (hold it there for at least 30 seconds before
lifting the toothpick out).
Perform the experiment and show the children how the food colours swirl in
different patterns across the surface of the milk. It looks very
attractive, don't you think so? Each colour remains separate just
like you and I are different people.
If we love each other like Jesus loves us, then we will be like swirling
colours that attract our eyes. And others will then be attracted
to Jesus and come to know Him as their Saviour.
We are God's Children:
1 John 4:11 tells us that since God loves us, we also should love one
another. This is not some sort of soppy love. Real love is
where we care for one another, help each other and are kind to one
I know it's hard to love your brother or sister, especially when they annoy
you. It's also not easy to love people who you don't like, such as
kids who continually tease you, bully you or look down on you. But
Jesus told us to love our enemies by doing good to them. We are told
how to love others in 1 John 3:18, which says:
"Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and
Guided by God:
And so it's very important to think about how we treat other people and
how they see us. If we love each other like Jesus loves us, then
we will be like the colours swirling about in this milk. Others
will see this and just as the swirling colours attract our eyes, they
will be attracted to Jesus and come to know Him as their Best Friend
Will you ask God to help you love and care for others? If you do,
you will grow as a Christian and please our Lord Jesus Christ.
And you will be a beautiful coloured pattern in God's eyes!