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Learning about Primary and Secondary Colors

This is a easy experiment for kids using just a few materials to learn about colors. Fun for kids 3+ with adult supervision. Great for homeschool or as a classroom activity too.

primary and secondary colors DESCRIPTION

Great hands on experiment for young children.


  • Ziplock Freezer Bags (quart size) recommended or other strong clear bag
  • Food Colors Red, Yellow and Blue
  • Light corn syrup

  • Damp Paper Towels or wipes

  • STEPS primary colors experiment

    1. Fold back the top of the ziplock. This keeps the bag from getting sticky on the outside.
    2. Pour about an inch high of light corn syrup on the bottom of the bag.
    3. Drop a couple drops of one yellow on the left and blue on the right. We used two yellow drops and one blue drop.
    4. Unroll zip lock and if young kids are doing this experiment, zip it shut to avoid leaks.
    5. Squeeze the bag gently to mix the yellow and the blue drops together.
    6. Repeat with red and yellow and red and blue.

    primary colors experiment


  • Use freezer bags. They are easier to fold top down and keep open while pouring and the bag doesn't fold into the syrup and make a mess.
  • A little goes a long way. We used only two drops of yellow and one of the blue. Use less of the darker shade.

  • Take pictures of the steps, print and glue onto card stock. Have children place the cards in sequential order it in sequential order.
  • Print out a color wheel and fill in using crayons and markers.
  • Take pictures and write a label for each and make into a book.


  • Seeing Pictures in a book or online.
  • Hearing and listening to directions given.
  • Feeling Feeling the corn syrup through the bag
  • Communication

  • Oral Explaining the experiment.
  • Pictorial Borrow a book or look online and showing pictures before your nature walk to help identify different items found

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