Color mixing

A few days ago, I showed you how we used our donated egg cartons for art.  Today, I’d like to show you how we used those same egg cartons for a simple, yet engaging, color mixing activity…

Color mixing by Teach Preschool

For this activity, we set out cups filled with watered down water color paints, pipettes, and egg cartons.  We set all of these out on a table, along with a few paper towels to help soak up our drips and spills.  The children each got their own empty egg carton and went to work on creating their own beautiful set of colors…

Color mixing by Teach Preschool

We’ve explored color mixing many different ways in the past, but I think this is one of my very favorite ways to let the children explore this process…

Color mixing by Teach Preschool

Essentially, the children take on the role of little scientists, experimenting with different color combinations.  And while it may seem like a rather simple process to us grown-ups, the skills that the children are gaining are quite complex…

Color mixing by Teach Preschool

First, the children must figure out how to get the colored water into the pipettes.  This requires some fine motor skills and quite a bit of coordination to know when to squeeze and let go of the bulb.  This, alone, always takes some practice for our children even if they’ve used the pipettes before…

Color mixing by Teach Preschool

Then the children must use their critical thinking skills to determine how much liquid to put into each individual cup and when to stop before it overflows…

Color mixing by Teach Preschool

And then there is the whole color mixing process.  Some children will carefully consider what colors they want to mix together.  They may already know that red and yellow make orange, but they test out their theory just to be sure.  And it’s so much fun to listen to them squeal in delight as they discover a new color combination that is to their liking…

Color mixing by Teach Preschool

Inevitably, you will have the children who just love the process so much that they don’t really care about the final product and their colors eventually become a brown muddled mess.  That’s okay, too, because those children are just as engaged, sometimes more so, in this wonderfully creative scientific process…

Color mixing by Teach Preschool

Cleaning up after a color mixing activity like this one is really half the fun.  Because almost always there is beauty to be found in the spills and messes…

Color mixing by Teach Preschool

Sometimes when you have such a fantastic response to an activity, you simply can’t discard the product.  Stick around because tomorrow I will be sharing what we did with our fabulous color mixing creations.  You won’t want to miss it!

Ice gems by Teach Preschool

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By |2014-02-07T06:00:41+00:00February 7th, 2014|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Kate_Laughing Kids Learn February 7, 2014 at 7:38 am - Reply

    What a simple idea that kids would love to do and learn so much from. Thanks. I’m going to try this out.

  2. jeanette February 7, 2014 at 12:46 pm - Reply

    Love this! Love all your ideas! Thanks for sharing what you do!

  3. Clarissa Hooper February 7, 2014 at 1:57 pm - Reply

    Color mixing is always such a popular activity with kids of any age! It’s like magic to them 🙂 I love how you recycle products in your classroom (the egg cartons is a great idea for this project)
    I cant help but save these things for my kids too (even if my hubby thinks I’m somewhat of a hoarder sometimes!) I’ve been wanting droppers like the ones you have but haven’t bought them yet. I think I will just recycle the medicine droppers from my infants gas drops, they should work similarly 😉

  4. Rhythm February 7, 2014 at 5:27 pm - Reply

    That little girl has on the perfect dress for this project!! i can’t wait to see the fabulous creations!

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