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April 7, 2011

Water: Wonderful Colour Mixing Activity

Filed under: Mama * Earth * Kids — Tags: , — charndra @ 7:00 am
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In this activity we took down a collection of pretty glass bottles I have spend years collecting (I love how pretty they are in the light) and finally got around to adding coloured water to them so they look good up on the shelf.

My original plan was to have them on a high shelf in the bathroom so the sunlight could shine through them, but kids – well, that seems a silly thing to do for a few years!

I turned it into an activity and the kids had a great time mixing food colouring into the water with pipettes and syringes and watching it disperse and mix, making different colours, comparing and adding more until it was ‘just right’.

I was inspired to turn this into a science-like activity from a suggestion on the blog “Science @ Home’, such as ‘10 Things to do with Water’ one I regularly visit for ideas to turn everyday observations into a science experiment! Being an art teacher myself, I look at things from an arty-crafty angle, but loved science at school, so am enjoying all the new ideas I am getting from Deb’s blog. Go check it out! She has a great (and free) e-book you can download to give you a running leap into seeing your child’s world in terms of science. It’s called ‘Young Scientists’.

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1 Comment »

  1. That looks like so much fun! And very clever not to end up with lots of ‘preschool grey.’ I think it would take us lots of attempts or very strict rules not to have it all mixed together.

    I love that it’s permanent. Most of our activities are ephemeral, packed up at the end or slowly disintegrating. It would be nice to do one that stays with us.

    Comment by Deb — April 12, 2011 @ 1:41 pm

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