Online Science Class for Preschoolers: More Color

Today is our last class for Week 2!  Week 3 will be reserved for a Museum Visit and making up any classes you would like to.  Week 4 will conclude my Online Science Class for Preschoolers with an Oceans theme.

Overview:  Day 8 lets your preschooler experiment with colors.  Children learn by repetition and experience.  Children predict, experiment, and create. The lesson appeals to the Verbal-Linguistic, Visual-Spatial, Bodily-Kinesthetic, and Intrapersonal intelligences.

Supplies
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  • red, yellow, and blue paints
  • paper to paint on
  • paintbrush (optional)
  • jar for rinsing paintbrush (optional)
  • water-based markers
  • water
  • coffee filter or paper towel
  • eye-dropper or spoon
  • pie tin 
  • Science Journals.  

Prep
  • Gather supplies

Science Time!
  • Today we're going to experiment more with colors!  Let's start by looking at what colors are inside markers.  Let your child use a black or purple marker to draw a big, quarter-sized dot in the middle of the coffee filter or paper towel.  Then pour a spoonful or dropperful of water into the middle of the dot.  Watch the colors move and separate on the paper towel.  If it is taking too long for your child, move on to the next activity and return to look at the results later.  If your child is enjoying the activity, let her repeat it with different colors.  What happens if she uses more than one color to make her dot?
  • Our last activity with color uses paints.  Let's put red, yellow, and blue paint on the pie tin for you to use.  Give your child a paper to paint on.  Older children may prefer to use a paintbrush.  Explain that after she creates her painting, you will help her fold it in half to finish mixing the colors.  Let her paint.  After she is done, help her fold the paper in half.  Older children can talk about symmetry.  See if she can point out the parts of the painting where colors mixed.  Let her make as many paintings as she likes.  
  • Younger children (and older!) may enjoy "painting" in the pie tin with their fingers.  When your child is done, place the paper on top of the painting and press down to make a print of her work.  
  • Science Notebooks:  Draw or write about what we did today.

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