I was going to name this color mixing activity "Joke Juice" because even if we end up with something with color, we really just have water. But then, I used blue and yellow to make green; and green "Joke Juice", I realized quickly, just wouldn't sound right on this part of the world.
WHAT WE NEED:
- Food coloring (I used blue and yellow here. I always like using those colors first for color mixing because they make such an obvious combination, easily seen by the children.)
- Ice tray and ice
- 3/4 cup water in a clear, transparent glass
Just fill the ice tray with water and add in the food coloring.
Put the ice tray in the freezer. We may even incorporate a science lesson here--how water freezes into ice; and later on, how ice melts back into water.
When the ice is ready, just take the glass of water, point out how this water does not have color, add in blue ice cubes and let the children see how the water will turn blue, then finally put in yellow ice cubes and watch the water turn green.
I like how you can distinctly see the yellow and blue ice cubes and the green water.
If you and your child enjoyed this color mixing activity that's just perfect for this warmer-than-usual summer, then go and try a more advanced Montessori color mixing work.
And look who wanted to try this Just Kiddin' Juice!