Chromatography is a method of separating mixtures by using a moving solvent like water on filter paper. The solvent flows through the pores of the paper carrying the substances away. Some substances will move faster than others.
Explore the science of chromatography and make beautiful butterflies to celebrate Spring! You will need a coffee filter, markers, scissors, and a spray bottle of water. First, decorate the coffee filter with markers – the more color the better! Then, spray it with water and watch the marker ink flow through the filter – CHROMATOGRAPHY. Once it has dried, you can use the template below to cut out the butterfly wings and body.