Primary Colors

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Ingredients Required:

  • Food coloring
  • 12 section muffin tin
  • Small white tissues
  • Stirring utensil

What To Do:

  1. Using the food coloring combine any 2 colors into 1 spot in the muffin tin.
  2. Stir.
  3. Use the corner of a tissue to dip into the mixture. This will demonstrate vividly the color that was created.

Location and Appropriate Age Group:

  • This demonstration makes little mess and can be done inside or outside.
  • This demonstration works well for younger students (ages 5-7). Older students can benefit if lesson was expanded to secondary colors and hues.

General Comments:

  • I have found that using the muffin tin with younger students when demonstrating color mixing maintains a sense of mystery and therefore furthers their interest. They are unable to see what color a mixture is until the tissue is dipped in. The tissue is also a great way to show exactly what color was revealed because it absorbs so well. The tissues can be passed around to help maintain attention.
  • This demonstration goes quickly however, and having a back-up activity, such as the floating egg, is useful.