Water Absorption Science Activity

water absorption activity

This is a fun activity that not only teaches the science concept of water absorption but also lets children use their fine motor skills in an engaging way!

What you will need:

  • A tray or plate
  • Eye dropper or syringe
  • Water
  • Blue Food Coloring
  • Cotton Balls (I used makeup wipes)


First, add the food coloring to the water. Then let your child use the eye dropper or syringe to put a few droplets on whatever surface you are using. I used a plate as mine.



Allow your child to use the cotton balls (make up wipes) to absorb the moisture. They will probably want to go back and forth dropping the moisture and then absorbing it with the cotton balls. Try having your child use the same cotton ball to absorb so much of the liquid that he/she can, and then try to squeeze it out. Explain that this is how it works when it rains. When it rains, the clouds then absorb or suck up all of the rain and moisture from the ground and air and when they have collected so much of it that they can’t hold anymore, that is when it rains.


Thanks for following along! As always, I would love to hear how this activity went for you if you tried it!



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