What would happen if we put watercolors in shaving cream? What about vinegar ? Or oil? Great hands on science always begins with ” I wonder…” and this color lab science activity was no exception. We wondered what would happen if we mixed water colors and different household liquids. After we explored our set questions it was time for completely kid directed play. We used liquid watercolors made with plain old paint instead of food color to avoid staining. Food color will make much more vivid colors.
Time make a few predictions.
Grab your eye dropper and start adding colors. The eye dropper is important because it gives this activity an element of fine motor development as well, it takes a lot of coordination to make eye droppers work and works out the pincer grasp too.
She noted how slowly the colors floated down through the water.
The colors seems the same in the vinegar. I asked her if anything was different and she said the smell! Observing is a huge part of science!
The shaving cream was interesting because the color spread over it but didn’t mix much. She also discovered that if she pinched the eye dropper really hard the watercolor made a hole in the shaving cream.
The oil was rad. She had no previous experience with water in oil. She was amazed when they turned into little dots of color and slowly sank down to the bottom. I loved seeing her experience this for the first time.
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