This no mess color mixing activity was a great way to engage my kids in some color science. They got to select paint colors to mix together and observe the resulting colors. Plus, they got a lot of exercise with this activity as well!
Note: For more fun ideas to help kids learn their colors, see my Teaching Colors to Kids page.
Although we normally drink tap water, we recently took home a ton of left over bottled water after a party we attended.
As we drank the water, I realized we could use the empty bottles for some color mixing fun! So on a recent morning I got out our paints, and my husband I had the kids select two colors. The kids squeezed a little of each color into the bottles (with supervision, of course – this was the only part of the process that occasionally got a bit messy if the kids missed the bottle opening when they started squeezing).
After squeezing in their paint, the kids screwed the lids back on. My husband and I doubled checked that this had been done well before we let the kids move on to the next step, for reasons that should soon be quite apparent. 🙂
Once the cap was on, the kids started shaking the bottles as hard as they could to mix the colors together.
Of course, this was more fun to do standing up rather than sitting down. The kids were so active that my camera was not able to catch a non-blurry photo of them. 🙂
After shaking the bottles, the kids checked out the new colors they had made. Here, QBoy saw what happened when he mixed red and orange paint together.
And here QBoy decided to mix blue and yellow paint to make green.
XGirl discovered that mixing black and orange paint makes brown.
The end result of all their mixing was a very pretty array of bottles. And, fortunately, virtually no mess. 🙂
More resources for teaching colors
More posts about colors from Gift of Curiosity:
- Teaching colors through play
- Rainbow do-a-dot printable
- Color matching with household objects
- Color theory activity
- Ideas for teaching colors
- Color mixing rainbow challenge
- Color mixing science