Fun Thanksgiving Milk Experiment

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INSIDE: Thanksgiving milk experiment is simple science project perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. Create unique turkey feathers in this fun STEAM activity.

Thanksgiving Milk Experiment

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How to Create your Turkey Bodies

  1. Cut the brown foam sheet in the shape of a turkey body.

2. Glue, eyes, beak and snoods to the head of the turkey. You can make one turkey body or several!

How to Set the Thanksgiving Milk Experiment

3. Pour enough milk in the baking dish to completely cover the bottom.

Thanksgiving Milk Experiment

4. Add one drop of each of the four colors of food coloring — red, yellow, blue, and green — to the milk. My toddler twins really wanted to add the colour so ours aren’t in the middle of the dish but if you can keep the drops together that is ideal so that the colour can combine.

Thanksgiving Milk Experiment

5. Add dish soap to a small dish and grab a clean cotton swab or feather. I asked my toddlers what they thought was going to happen next. I told them that we were going to mix the colours. One of my twins decided to start mixing them himself using his feather and combined the colours without using the dish soap. He definitely had the right idea, I told him but watch what happens when we add dish soap. We started again. I asked them to dip their feathers into the soap first and them to lightly dip them into the milk.

Thanksgiving Milk Experiment

6. I asked them to hold their feathers or cotton swab in the milk for 10 to 15 seconds. They were amazed by what happened. A burst of colour as their turkey feathers started to form. It was turkey feather fireworks!

7. We tried it both with feathers and cotton swabs and the best we got the best results with the swab because they could absorb more soap but the feathers were fun too.

Thanksgiving Milk Experiment

8. We added another drop of soap to the tip of the cotton swab or feather and tried it again. We experimented with placing the feather in different places in the milk.

What’s Happening

Want to know more about the science behind what is happening? Check out Cool Science Experiments HQ.

Thanksgiving Milk Experiment

My happy kids are 6 years and 2.5 years old.


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  • Brown construction foam sheets
  • Red and orange construction paper
  • Googley eyes
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Milk (whole or 2%)
  • Dinner plate or baking dish
  • Food coloring (red, yellow, green, blue)
  • Dishwashing soap
  • Cotton swabs or feathers


Thanksgiving Milk Experiment

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