Tuesday, September 8, 2009

color mixing I

There's always a little magic in the air
when a little one watches
two primary colors mix together...

This is one of the lessons
I would do on repeat
if I were 4. :)

Color mixing on the shelf:

What you'll need:
  • 3 eyedropper bottles filled with red, yellow, and blue (diluted food coloring or liquid water color both work well)
  • toothpicks for mixing
  • white paper towels
  • laminated color mixing cards
  • a damp sponge for cleaning up
This is my best picture of the color mixing cards! Hopefully, you can kind of get the gist of them through the glare! First, I drew circles on sheets of computer paper (cut down to squares). I used stickers to mark the color quantities, wrote the numerals next to each quantity, and then ran everything through the laminator. Don't worry, the quantities do not have to be exact - just keep in mind that one card should make shades of orange, one shades of purple, and one shades of green.
red and yellow make orange
red and blue make purple
blue and yellow make green

The child selects the color she needs,
and droppers the appropriate
amount onto the card.

Then, she mixes the colors together with a toothpick.

Finally, she lays a white paper towel over the mixed colors
and presses down gently.

ta da!

The primary colors have been replaced by
different shades of a secondary color!


Of course, I don't say this or anything at all, really.

I hold my tongue and let the child have her
in color mixing.

I'll share photos of color mixing II (the spectrum) tomorrow!


  1. I was hoping you would expound on this activity! Thank you!

  2. What a GREAT idea! You ideas are so inspiring.

  3. Awesome activity!! Thank you so much for sharing.

    Gotta run - gotta go make this right now!!!


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