When I saw this activity, of mixing coloured water, over at Confessions of a Homeschooler, I knew our boys would love it! Thanks so much, Confessions of a Homeschooler, for sharing!
Basically, mixing coloured water involves bottles of coloured water (water & food colouring) and a whole pile of empty vessels (e.g., jugs, measuring cups and spoons, etc.).
We added in a large bottle of plain water just for fun. It meant the boys could dilute the coloured water if they wanted to.
I loved this activity as it’s very open-ended. There’s no right or wrong way to do it. Children are free to mix as little or as much of the colours as their hearts desire.
Experimentation leads to discoveries of how to make secondary colours (e.g., orange, green and purple) from primary colours (e.g., red, yellow and blue).
More experimentation ends up with much darker colours as everything is mixed together.
I also love the way that this is a very easy activity to organise and clean up. As for the grass, it all received a good watering.
We’ve also been giving the boys bottles of coloured water to carry off to the bath with them for more colour mixing experiments on a larger scale.
A great activity for children of all ages! So simple yet educational and fun!
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