Okay, so am I alone in having a almost-three-year-old who is a super dork about colors and which colors combine to make other colors and who in the family loves what color…? Basically, Jax is a color nerd. I like it because I also enjoy colors and I’m way more comfortable teaching him about color than math! Anyway, it all started when he saw this video from Sesame Street–if your kid is a color nerd like Jax, you should get to know it. There’s nothing like a rambunctious preschooler yelling, “Red and yellow make ORANGE!” in a grocery store. From there I found a very cool idea on Pinterest–of course–and hence this very fun (and very messy) idea was born.
Here’s what you need.
Clear plastics cups, ice cube tray, red/yellow/blue food coloring
Here’s what you do:
First, you freeze ice cubes with one drop of red, yellow, and blue food coloring each. Go easy on the food coloring because that stuff with stain your fingers like crazy when you take them out in a couple hours.
Just so happen to have cute heart-shaped ice cube trays from my melted crayon Valentine experiment ($1, IKEA). I’m practically Donna Reed over here.
While they’re freezing, pour six cups of water into the clear plastic cups. Two red, two yellow, two blue. One cup will be for the primary color, the other one will be for mixing.
Then you and your kids can do this however you choose. Make hypotheses to figure out how to create orange, green, and purple. Just go in order and see what happens. It’s up to you and how Type A your personality is. I am very Type A and so is Jax (gee, I wonder why?). A couple of days earlier, we finger painted and Jax insisted we create something like this–
–color nerd in full effect–and since I am also a nerd, it has been hanging on our fridge ever since. Mostly so I can direct him to it when he incessantly asks me what color such and such make. So Jax used our fingerpainting as a launching point and helped me make the color spectrum in order. Because we’re both dorks like that.
So you take the colored ice cubes out and add them to one of your primary colors. Be sure to leave a primary color undisturbed so you will have your red, yellow, and blue for the rainbow.
When the ice cubes melt it looks very cool and tie-dye-ish. Your kids will appreciate it. Then just make sure you have every color of the rainbow. Have fun!
And when you’re done, you get to the kids’ favorite part–mixing every color together to create…
It’s hilarious how beloved brown can be when they get to mix it themselves!
Have fun with this one, and remember, keep some wipes nearby–this is a messy one, but worth it! Color dorks unite!