Mad Scientist : Color Creation Experiment : Mixing Color Fun

Mad Scientist – Color Creation Experiment – Mixing Color Fun

Color mixing can be a science. What a fun way to explore colors and what happens when you mix colors! Children feel like they have made the color and it gives them a sense of success. Great for a preschool or daycare water center or science play. If only I could have found them a couple of white lab coats.

Time for some fun color science dramatic play time!

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All you need are small bottles that look like test tubes, food coloring, water, a cup, and a pan.

We picked these little tubes up in a small science set but you can use spice bottles, baby food jars, or even empty yogurt cups.

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STEP 1:

Put a small amount of water in your “test tubes”. Let the kids drop a couple of drops of food coloring in each tube. Try to encourage them to use different colors each time to see what happens.

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STEP 2:

Put a small cup in the middle of a cake pan or other container.

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STEP 3:

Allow them to pour the colors in one at a time. Ask questions before they add the next color.

Questions:

What do you think will happen?

What color do you think it will make?

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STEP 4:

Allow them to pour the colors into the larger pan each time as a secondary color experiment.

Ask more questions!

What color would make this turn green?

What will happen if we add ALL the colors together?

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STEP 5:

Keep going. Allow them to lead in the color choices.

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STEP 6:

Another good thing that just happens over time is the cup will start to float.

Questions:

What made the cup start to float?

Why do you think it didn’t float in the beginning?

How much liquid will it take to keep the cup from floating?

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STEP 7:

Clean up. Even MAD scientist have to clean up their messes.

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