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Felt Pen Chromatography
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Find out what dyes are used in your felt-tip pens using water and blotting paper

Felt pen chromatography strips

Experiments in the kitchen are really good fun. This experiment shows what dyes are used to make the colours in childrenís felt-tip pens. Itís a very quick fun experiment which is actually highly scientific. The experiment can be used as a basis for some interesting discussions about colour and the fact that even dye molecules have different weights (or mass, if you want to go there), using something that kids use every day, a felt tip pen. It will reinforce, in a very practical way, things your kids will be learning at school at some point, and the resulting strips can be dried out and kept in the booklet provided with the lovely download sheet.
. . . I donít believe in dumbing down things for children too much. They are learning machines and hungry for any interesting bits of information. As long as you use words that they understand, youíll find that kids of any age readily grasp new concepts. Discuss the experiment with your kids as you are doing it. But make sure you listen to what they are saying, when they are relaxed and having fun the things they talk about are a good window on how they are thinking and feeling.
. . . Keep any discussion about the experiment brief and to the point in hand so that they donít lose interest. On the project sheet (and below) you'll find an experimental discussion outline. This is just a few key interesting facts about the experiment, designed to help you fire up your children's interest, and help you explain simply what's going on in the experiment if they ask.



What makes the water go up the blotting paper?
The attraction of the water molecules to the blotting paper molecules is stronger than the forces holding the water molecules to each other (this is called capillary action).

Why do the colours separate out?
The different dyes used to make up the felt-tip colours are made of molecules of different weights (mass), the water can carry the less heavy dye molecules further up.

What are the primary colours (in dye)?
Red, Blue and Yellow. These are colours that canít be mixed using other colours. Any two of the primary colours mixed together makes a secondary colour. These are the reflective primary colours. The primary colours of light (transmissive colours) are Red, Blue and Green.

How is chromatography used in the real world?
Scientists using a range of solvents (like the water that you used), find out what molecules are in chemicals. DNA is separated out using a similar process of molecular dye markers in a gel.



The dadcando felt tip chromatography experiment project download is available in both Both A4 and US Letter size, just click on the one that you want, and will automatically download. Print out both pages of the Instruction Download. Youíll find that page two has been designed as a neat little fold up book, which can be filled in, and is something nice to keep as a record of the experiment you did together.

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Life is an experiment
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Do you remember when you were a kid and you mixed things up to see what would happen? When you're a kid, inquiring is what you do. In the words of Uncle Buckís nephew, "itís my job". Kids really love to experiment and are always on the look out for new information, itís how they learn so much about the world around them.

As their dad, you are the perfect person to dust off the kid in you and get down to some serious fun experimentation

Kitchen Chemistry, Crystalography, Electricity, Chromatography and truly mind bending adventures in Topology are just a few of the experiments youíll find here. Most of them have a special printer downloadable booklet that will allow you to record and keep your results.

Most of the experiments here will be covered by your children's school at one time or another, so why not give them a head start in class and get them excited about learning. But in any case doing kitchen top experiments together with your children, following easy to use plans, is incredibly rewarding for dad and kid alike.

Some of the experiments (like the Mobius Strip Experiment) will only take a few minutes, but theyíre be no less amazing and thought provoking. Others will take up the whole afternoon. And you donít have to be a chemist to do any of these experiments either. All the experiments are fully described and illustrated with easy to follow step by step instructions, and most have a few questions and answers to help you stimulate discussion. Kids love learning if theyíre interested in something, so set their imagination on fire with a science experiment; I guarantee that they will remember it until they're doing it with kids of their own.


The world is an interesting place, and you are one of the best people to show your children just how interesting it is


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