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A Recipe for Fun: Color Mixing at the Sink

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Containers of water, food coloring, spoons, eye droppers and maybe even a turkey baster make for hours of color mixing exploration. The swirling of food color as it drops into the water and the ability to make colors that will never exist in a box of crayons brings out the combination artist and mad scientist lurking in most children.

Could they be mixing a potion to tame dragons, a magic plant food to grow jellybean tress, or maybe a new paint color that magically glows when painted on paper? Imaginations will soar with just a few supplies and this will be an often-requested activity. Keep an eye on items in your recycling bin – you never know what could be the next best tool in the color-mixing laboratory.



Color Mixing at the Sink


  • containers
  • water
  • eye dropper, turkey baster, etc.
  • liquid food coloring
  • dish soap, optional
  1. Fill containers and add a few drops of food coloring. Let imaginations take it from there!



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