The science of color is one of my all time favorites. Even as a preschooler I loved playing with color, so sharing this with my own preschoolers is fun for me. Combining water and food coloring, you can explore a ton of different color combinations, watch colors mix right before your eyes and discover super fun science.
For this project we used small mason jars filled with water and food coloring gel. You can use food color in the liquid form, but watching the colors combine will be a much quicker process. The gel is a little easier for preschoolers to handle as it doesn’t squeeze out quite as fast either.
Start with clear containers filled with water. We filled our jars about 1/3 of the way. You don’t need a ton of water to watch the colors combine.
Add more color to see how the colors combine. If you use the gel food color, you’ll be able to watch as the color slowly spreads through the water and combines with whatever other colors you have in the jar. Do not stir.
What I love most about playing with food color and water is watching all the color in action. It’s fun to see the color more through the water and watch new colors created when adding more than one color to the water.
Do you have your own favorite color activities?