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 homeschooling or as a classroom activity too.
- Ziplock Freezer Bags (quart size) recommended or other strong, clear freezer bag
- Food Colors Red, Yellow and Blue
- Light corn syrup
- Damp Paper Towels or wipes.
- Fold back the top of the ziplock. This keeps the bag from getting sticky on the outside.
- Pour about an inch high of light corn syrup on the bottom of the bag.
- Drop a couple drops of one yellow on the left and blue on the right. We used two yellow drops and one blue drop.
- Unroll zip lock and if young kids are doing this experiment, zip it shut to avoid leaks.
- Squeeze the bag gently to mix the yellow and the blue drops together.
- Repeat with red and yellow and red and blue.
Tips and Suggestions
- 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.
Scientific Processes Used
- Seeing: Pictures in a book or online.
- Hearing: and listening to directions given.
- Feeling: Feeling the corn syrup through the bag
- Oral" Explaining the experiment.
- Pictorial: Borrow a book or look online and showing pictures before your nature walk to help identify different items found
Little Blue and Little Yellow Book Activity
Crafts are a great way to motivate children to develop an interest in books and improve fine motor skills. It is also a fun way to spend time with your kids to create their own works of art. Watercolors are a great medium to use especially with young children. It is easy to use and clean up after. Read Little Blue and Little Yellow by Lio Lionni and use our free printable to make your own Little Blue and Little Yellow. Ages 3+
- Glue Stick
- Container to rinse brushes with water
- Newspaper to work on
- Read Little Blue and Yellow
- Discuss what happened in the book. Review using the pictures in the book
- Talk about their favorite part of the story.
- Print our free printable circles or draw your own Venn Diagram.
- Paint the circles.
- Print out our page and fill in the blanks together. Cut into strips and glue onto correct page.
- Bind into a mini book or post on a bulletin board.
Tips and Suggestions
- We found the best results with a set of Crayola Watercolor. We tried two different brands of tube paint and it just didn't blend as easily for the girls.