Thursday, May 1, 2014

Just Kiddin' Juice


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!




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16 comments:

  1. Wow looks refreshing! I might have to try this too. I am sure sure my kids would be amazed..:)

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    1. Thank you, MIllie! :) And it's so easy to prepare, too! And my cat wanted to try it! Speaking of... I forgot to post his picture! I'll do that now. :) Enjoy despite the heat!

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  2. My son loves ice. I am sure he will be amazed with this! :)

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  3. Does he like to hold ice on his palm? My now-13-year-old sister used to like to do that and we always wonder how she does it!

    Enjoy! :)

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    1. He holds, then he eats them! Just like his Papa. Haha! :D

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    2. Haha! Ice is everyone's best friend these days, yes? :)

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    3. Yes! And more than usual! Good luck with our electric bills!

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  4. So cool!!!! From the top shot it could also look like Earth :D

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  5. You're right, Toni! :-) I see it too now! Now there's another idea :-)

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  6. I just found your blog and I am such a fan! (I think I missed my calling as a Montessori teacher). Such a coincidence, I just wrote about all the colour mixing activities we do -- going to add this one to the list. Fantastic!

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    1. Thank you! :) I just visited your blog too and I already love some of the ideas I saw there--top of mind is the leave-behind play trays! :) Very Montessori! For all its worth, I'm sure you'll make a great Montessori teacher!

      Thank you for adding this one to the list! I've long been dreaming to be part of a list!!! I wrote about another color mixing activity, incidentally. It's more Montessori: http://montessoriinmars.blogspot.com/2014/03/discover-this-summer-montessori.html

      See you more! :)

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  7. I love this idea! Will definitely try this soon. :)

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    1. Thank you, Arvi! I hope you and Ava enjoy this activity! :-)

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  8. My daughter will surely enjoy this activity :) thanks!

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    1. Thank you, Donna! :-) Enjoy despite the heat! :-)

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