Monday, August 17, 2009

Art Time - Mixing with Yellow

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The Open Ended Art theme for this week was “mixing with yellow”.  You can check out other works of art here.

I am cheating a little with this post because it’s more of an activity than actual artwork.  And we did this as part of our Noah’s Ark theme for Sunday School on Friday this past weekend (the post about Noah’s Ark will be coming this Friday).  However, it includes yellow and there was plenty of mixing involved, so I am hoping it qualifies! :)

M had a great time with this.  It seriously kept him enthralled for an entire hour.  There was a higher than usual danger of messiness, so I had to stay right there with him, but I really enjoyed it too.  It could’ve (should’ve) been done outside; I was just too lazy to take everything out.  There’s a towel on the table for obvious reasons.

I set up several glasses and jars on our kitchen table and filled them about halfway with clear water.  We started with six and ended up adding one or two more as we went along.  I put red, yellow, and blue food coloring into an ice cube tray, gave M some pipettes, and he started mixing. 

Here he is with yellow in his pipette (it’s looking a little green; I think this is due to my camera for some reason):

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And… Yellow + Red = Orange:

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Then he filled 2 ice cube trays with the colored water so he can have more outside ice fun one of these days.

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This was such a fun activity for M, and it was fun for me to watch him be a little scientist.  I highly recommend doing this with your kids – just pick a day when you are feeling brave and very, very patient!  I had to remind M several times that this wasn’t an activity we could be silly with.  I didn’t want broken glass and food coloring all over my kitchen! 

Have a beautiful day! :)


  1. great job with the mixing. putting it into ice cube trays makes it easy to try a million different color mixes

  2. What a great idea! I need to find some pipettes or droppers...

  3. We love color mixing in any form! Fun!

  4. Looks like fun! :) The puzzles are by Crocodile Creek. Here's a link to them.

    Have a great week!

  5. Actually, I was thinking of doing the same for color mixing this week, but with all the prep for the travel we didn't get around to it. I think this color mixing experimeent is awesome for budding scientists - I am waiting to do it until Anna is just a tiny bit older.

  6. Looks fun! We did a "science experiment" for ours, too.


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