Ages: 3-5, 6-8
Skills: Art, Thinking
What you'll need:
Paper towels or other porous paper
Food coloring in dropper bottles, or water-based paints
Children can combine colors to create intense and beautiful new colors.
Choose a washable surface and assemble materials.
What to do:
Show children how to put drops of color on the paper to make designs and mix colors. Start with dry paper, where the color stays in a fairly limited area. Then try wet paper, where the color fans out. Tip the paper and watch the color spread even further. One drop goes a long way! Experiment -- mix colors, create designs or blend edges of the color bursts. Colors are most intense when they're wet, so catch a few photographs while your child plays scientific artist.