3-6 Culture Album – Science – Mixing Colors

MIXING COLORS (individual presentation)

Purpose:
To explore the different colors which are created by combining the primary colors.

Age:
4+ years

Material:
Six beakers of the same size, three marked with two levels and three marked with one level, a large beaker or jug, a glass tumbler, tray, three stir sticks, blue, yellow and red food coloring and a drying cloth.

Presentation:
Invite a small group of children to join you and carry the material to a table.
Have a child fill the large beaker with water.
Set up three beakers on the color-coded tray, one on each color.
Place the other three beakers, with the two level markings, one between each pair of the beakers already in place.
Pour the water from the large beaker into the three beakers that have one level marking.
Fill the beakers up to the level marker.
Put a drop or two of food coloring corresponding to the color-coding.
Use a stir stick to mix the color with the water.
Take the beaker with the blue water and pour it into the beaker between it and the yellow one, filling it up to the first level.
Take the beaker with the yellow water and add it to the blue, pouring it up to the second level, creating a new color.
Repeat the procedure for yellow and red and then red and blue.
Admire the new colors. Pour all the colors together into the glass tumbler, creating another color.
To clean up, pour out the colored water, rinse and dry the materials.
Replace the materials.

Exercise 1:
As in presentation.
Children may record their results by coloring in circles showing which primary colors combine to make the secondary colors.