Grade: Middle
Subject: Science

#2219. Capillary Action Experiment

Science, level: Middle
Posted Thu Apr 19 17:34:12 PDT 2001 by Mrs.Buldermore (

Elizabeth County Middle School, 8th grade science teacher, Elizabeth County Kansas, United States
Materials Required: water,beaker,food coloring, strips of paper towels, and a measuring device with cm.
Activity Time: 10-15 minutes

1.) Start with filling your beaker with water. Then drop a reasonable amount of food coloring in to the beaker full of water.
2.)Take 10 -15 strips of paper towels per "group" and have them place the towels right above the surface of the colored water. for 5-10 seconds.
3.) Have them clocly observe what happens with the water and the paper towels. The water will rise above within the towel....where does the colored water "drift to"
3. Have someone mesure the length of the watered area. in CENTIMETERS
4.)Have them tell you what happend or what they observed while doing this experiment!
5.) for further experimenting...use different liquids to test which liquid rises the most,, and so on!