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Milky Marble Dye Prints

Duration: short

Age: toddler, child, parent

Skill for Bub: Just for fun, Mind builder


Looking for a new indoor activity? Try this clever and easy way of marble dying. Not only is it fun to do, it is amazing to watch and can lead to so many other decorating ideas. All you need is a plate, milk and food colouring!

Zachary (aged 2) loved this craft/fun activity to do on a cold day - Natasha, WA. 


  • 1 large dinner plate
  • Milk
  • Food colouring, 2 or more colours are best.


  1. IMPORTANT – Cover work surface well as this has the potential to get a bit messy.
  2. Get a large dinner plate. Pour enough milk to cover base of plate.
  3. Using two (or more) different food dyes, place one drop of colouring on one side of milk and one drop on the other.
  4. As the dye starts to spread, the milk tries to repel the dye and it’s fun to watch what happens.
  5. You can also try using more than two colours, to make your plate look more colourful.
  6. We then took pictures of the plate, printed the pictures and decorated the print outs.
  7. If you’re feeling adventurous you could even try traditional marble dye tecniques. To do this gently lay either a piece of paper or calico fabric on top of the food colouring, making sure you only leave it there for a short amount of time. It needs to stay afloat and not sink. For best results roll the paper down slightly as you lay it down. Then gently roll it back up off the milk. Lay it down flat, dyed side up, and wait for it to dry. Then cut this up and turn it into collage or gift cards, etc.
  8. This was a great activity! Zachary had a lot of fun doing this and ‘talked’ to Daddy about it later that night.


  • Remember though, that food dye is involved. So be sure to either have your child in clothes that are able to be ‘accidentally’ stained or use an art smock. Also cover the floor where you are doing this.