Oil and Water


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Bible Connect: 2 Corinthians 6:14-18

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Stuff Per Group: A clear jar with a lid, vegetable
oil, food coloring, and water.

The Experiment:
Ask: Do you think liquids always mix?
Let’s find out.  
Fill the jar halfway with water. Put in two drops of food
coloring. Ask kids to guess what’ll happen when oil is added. Add
oil and screw on the lid tightly. Shake the jar, turn it upside
down, and observe how the oil and water react.
Scientific Facts: Oil and water won’t mix because their molecules
have different charges or polarity. The two stay separate with a
very clear boundary because they’re “polar opposites.” They’ll
never mix. That’s why it’s impossible to put out a grease fire with

Talk About It: Ask: Was your guess correct? What
did you observe about the oil and the water when you tried to mix
them? Do you think there’s ever a situation when water and oil will
mix? Explain. Read the Scripture. How is this experiment like or
unlike what happens when we hang out with people who don’t believe
in Jesus? Do you think it’s okay to hang out with people who have
different beliefs than you? Why or why not? What do you think God
would tell us about being friends with people who have different

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