Mixing two colors together makes….a third color! This activity invites your child to practice naming colors and discover what happens when they combine.
What You’ll Need to Play:
- Icing or shaving cream
- Food coloring
- Two small bowls
- Toothpick or spatula
- Large ziptop bag and tape OR cookie sheet (the cookie sheet option is more tactile, but opt for the bag if you’re looking for low-mess)
How to Play:
- Fill your ziptop bag with icing or shaving cream.
- Select two colors of food coloring.
- Add a few drops of each color into the bag and tape it down to a working surface.
- Have your child use their fingers to squish and mix the colors together.
- Put icing or shaving cream into two small bowls.
- Add 1-3 drops of a color into the bowl and fold the color into the icing/cream.
- Scoop the colored icing/cream into the bag or onto the cookie sheet and let your child mix the two colors.
- No food coloring? No problem! You can use paint instead. Just skip the shaving cream or icing and use a ziptop bag to contain the paint.
- Older kids can treat this activity like a mini-science experiment by answering the question, “What happens if…?” Even if they already know their color combinations, they’ll benefit from seeing the changes in action!
- If using food coloring, create a follow-up for this activity by making a colorful batch of cookies or a cup of milk!