Online Science Class for Preschoolers: Color Intro

Another note:  Week 2 has two lessons on color: one will go up now and another will go up tomorrow.  I had a fantastic set of pictures for this week, but have lost them all.  I have another copy of them, but I cannot get to the copy until the end of the month.  (insert very sad face!)  I considered waiting to post the lessons until I had made a new set, but decided to just continue posting anyways.  I hope you enjoy these, even without the awesome pictures!

Overview:  Day 7 lets your preschooler experiment with colors.  Children predict, experiment, and create. The lesson appeals to the Verbal-Linguistic, Visual-Spatial, Bodily-Kinesthetic, and Intrapersonal intelligences.

  • food coloring
  • 5-8 cups
  • milk
  • dishsoap
  • toothpicks
  • eye-dropper or spoons
  • pie tin or bowl
  • Science Journals.  

  • Gather supplies

Science Time!
  • Colors change when you mix them together.  Let's make three cups of colored water and see what happens when you mix them.  Let your child pour 1-2 drops of blue, red, and yellow food coloring into three different cups.  Then let her use an eye-dropper or spoon to transfer some of the water into a new cup.  Talk about the colors she creates and how she changes them.  When she is ready, pour the water she has mixed out and let her experiment again.
  • There's lots of ways to mix colors.  Pour about an inch of milk into a bowl or pie tin.  Let your child choose two colors to experiment with.  Place 2 drops of each color in different spots in the bowl.  You should have four drops of color in the milk.  Make a magic toothpick by dipping it in the dishsoap.  Let your child stick the magic toothpick into the middle of one of the colors (prepare for ooohs! and ahhhhs!).  Repeat it as many times as you like, talking about how the colors change.  Your child will probably want to end by stirring all the colors together with the toothpick.  
  • Let your child choose 2 food coloring colors and put one drop of each on an ice cube.  Talk about what colors mix to form which colors, and let her repeat it with two different colors on a different ice cube.  Repeat as many times as you both like! 
  • Science Notebooks:  Draw or write about what we did today.


Char June 19, 2011 at 7:43 AM  

I am looking forward to doing your science activities we've been super busy lately and haven't had the chance.

Jansen Family June 19, 2011 at 10:10 PM  

Char, I hope you have as much fun as we have! Right now, I plan on leaving them up indefinitely. ;)