Learn more about color theory and color mixing with this fun water activity for kids. The printable color mixing cards can be used as a worksheet or can be laminated if you would like to use it with water. The worksheet can act as a free printable color chart too. For more science experiments for kids check out these Best Science Fair Projects.
Color Mixing Water Activity For Kids
We previously did the walking water experiment for kids, and while that was visually beautiful.. my daughter wanted something more hands-on… and one that wouldn’t make her hands smell like vinegar, like the baking soda and vinegar experiment.
In this activity….children will learn about the primary colors first. These include red, yellow and blue. They will then create secondary colors: green, purple and orange.
I set up the water activity using one of our DIY sensory tables. Check out more sensory table ideas for more fun activities.
You can watch a video of my daughter doing this activity here. You can also show your children the video and have them do the activity alongside my daughter.
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- Hefty 40QT Storage bin
- Pyrex 3 piece measuring cups or plastic beakers
- Dry Erase Pockets
- Cupcake or paint cups if you would like to do the second activity.
- Food color gel
How to set up the color mixing activity
You do not need to use the table portion below the bin. You can place the bin on the floor.. or you can just use a table. The bin is not necessary.
For the first activity I put the worksheet / color cards into a dry erase pocket. I then set up the primary colors by using water and food coloring. The three primary colors are red, blue and yellow.
I then had my daughter use the color chart to create the secondary colors.
She then used the worksheet and pipette to mix the colors. She had to be careful so that she mixed equal parts of each color.
Once she was done with that I had her add some of her toys into the activity so that she would keep practicing her colors. I truly believe that at this age, children need to be taught playfully. They need to have fun and look at learning as a form of play time.
This color mixing activity was a lot of fun. When she was done she dumped all the water into the tub, removed all the extra cups and just used her toy figurines in with the water. She used Peppa Pig Figurines and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood friends.
Get the color mixing printable here:
You can get the printable by clicking the image above or by clicking here: Color Mixing Worksheet
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