Does It Mix Well?

Contributor: Kaitlyn Zimmerman. Lesson ID: 12678

Admit it: You've played in the mud before! What makes mud? Water and dirt! What takes off mud? Soapy water! What do dirt and soap have in common? Check in with Flo to learn about solutes and solvents!


Chemistry, Earth Science

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Golden Retriever
Grade Level
Primary (K-2)
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Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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Imagine mixing up a nice cup of lemonade, only to find out that the dry lemonade mix and the water will not mix. To your surprise, the chunky lemonade mix will do nothing but sit on top of the water.

How disappointing!

  • What is going wrong here?

Have you ever seen a boat floating on the ocean?

Oceans and seas allow boats to travel for miles across the earth.

Most of the water in the world is salt water, such as the ocean water. As you may have guessed by now, saltwater is a mixture of salt and water.

Ever since the beginning of the earth, a lot of mixtures have been made with a variety of materials and water. Here are a few examples.

When you take a bubble bath, you mix soap with water to make big, foamy bubbles.

When you make something like Jell-O or lemonade, you must dissolve or mix the powder in the water.

When adults make coffee or tea, they mix coffee grounds or tea bags (or leaves) with water.

  • Can you name anything made by mixing a material with water?

Think about construction sites and restaurants and other places.

Water seems like part of some of the most common mixtures in the world. Think about what would happen if something DIDN’T mix with water.

Join Flo to find out when this might happen.

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Thanks, Flo!

As you saw in the experiment, water can create solutions with certain items. This is because water is considered a solvent — something that can dissolve other materials.

Components that can dissolve in water are called solutes. When you combine water (the solvent) with a dissolvable material (the solute), they can create a solution!

The materials from the experiment that mixed well with the water to make a new solution were the food coloring and the sand. However, not everything can dissolve in water.

  • Do you remember what two materials from the lesson did not mix well with water?

Move along to the Got It? section to explain what you have learned so far.

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