Preschool Science Experiments: Color Mixing

We’re capping off rainbow week with a hands-on exploration of color mixing.

I set up outdoor stations, one per paddling pool, dressed the kids in their swimsuits and let them loose.

Two Ways To Teach Color Mixing, Preschool Science Experiments from Suzy Homeschooler (2)
The first station had 12 shot glasses of red/yellow/blue colored water, and two pitchers of clear water.

Two Ways To Teach Color Mixing, Preschool Science Experiments from Suzy Homeschooler (1)
The second station had a large pile of shaving cream, two sponges, and three squirts of red/yellow/blue paint.

I had intended to set up a third station with something similar to the iceboats I posted about last week, however I unfortunately miscalculated the amount of time required for the water to fully freeze.
Melting Ice With Salt from Suzy Homeschooler
In lieu of a 3rd color mixing activity, I settled for clearing some space out of my freezer by using up these large ice cubes left over after our butterfly tea party. I offered them in a bowl, next to another bowl with ice cream salt and a couple measuring spoons. While LittleMan and Tink were busy being loud and making messes, SunnyGirl was quite content to sit alone, quietly spooning salt onto ice for nearly 15 minutes.

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If you’re looking for a mess-free way of exploring color mixing, here’s something I did with LittleMan about a year ago:
Mess Free Finger Painting and Coloring Mixing from Suzy Homeschooler
Put a squit of two primary colors into a Ziploc freezer baggie, then tape the bag shut and tape it to your table over a sheet of white paper. As the child manipulates the bag, the paint will mix, slowly forming a new color. I found this idea at The Hippy Housewife.

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