Color Science


Materials Needed: red, yellow, blue food coloring a can of white icing paper plates (for each child) pretzel sticks

Activity: 1. You give each child 3 spoonfuls of icing on their plates. 2. You put a drop of blue food coloring on one spoonful, a drop of red food coloring on one spoonful, and a drop of yellow food coloring on the last spoonful. 3. Give the children 3 pretzel sticks. 4. Allow them to experiment with mixing the colors together with their pretzel sticks. You can even let them create and name new colors. 5. They love it! Of course they get to sample the treat when they are finished.


Rainbow Window: Cover a window with colored cellophane. Invite your children to look out of the window and see how the color changes the view. Set up a stool nearby, if necessary, so that your children can see through the window better. Each day cut out cellophane shapes to add to the window. Point out the new color and shape and invite your children to see how the corners of cellophane overlap to make even more colors.


I have found that the book Mouse Paint is a fun way to show children what happens to primary colors when they become mixed. I have the colored mice which go with the story, but I use peanut butter jars. I have all the peanut butter jars covered with construction paper. For example, the red mouse is in the jar covered with the red construction paper and so on. After we have read the story and the children think I have performed magic we then use a long piece of white paper to reenact dip one side of the stem in undiluted red food coloring and the other side of the stem in yellow food coloring, after a few days you will see that the carnation will begin to turn orange. Repeat the process using yellow and blue food coloring and red and blue food coloring.


Take 3 zip-lock bags. In the first one put a dollop of red and a dollop of yellow paint. Zip up bag. In the second one, put blue and yellow paint. In the third one put blue and red. Have children squeeze each bag and watch the colors mix! No mess! Neat result!


During “Color” week, we added a different coloring to water each day. Along with the say, green water, we had green equipment (spoons, funnels, etc) to work with and to add another sense to the equation, we added peppermint extract to the water too. We had lemon extract for yellow, cinnamon for red, etc. Made the room smell great too!


We use the white Styrofoam egg cartons for color mixing. Each little cup is filled with water. the children are provided with the primary colors (food coloring) in lg. paint cups with droppers. The children add drops of each color and are totally amazed at the colors they create! We do this at least two times a month.


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