How to Make Color Bursts

Ages: 3-5, 6-8
Location: Indoors
Skills: Art, Thinking

What you'll need:
Paper towels or other porous paper
Food coloring in dropper bottles, or water-based paints

Background:
Children can combine colors to create intense and beautiful new colors.

Settings:
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.

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