Wednesday, January 27, 2010



Jan24_ColorMixing1_SM

This experiment was a leftover from the last week, and I saw it on many blogs before. We froze 12 cubes of ice with blue, green, yellow and red food coloring added to the water. Then we put ice cubes into plastic food jars and added some hot water to help it melt faster. Anna predicted (correctly in most cases) what color we are going to get and mixed colors some more once experiment Jan24_ColorMixing_SM was done. She enjoys color mixing while painting a lot more than actual painting. The best part of this experiment, apparently, was freeing her beads that we froze with water and poking the ice to make it melt faster. I realized pretty quickly that I need some surface protection before everything is covered in colored water. I found out from previous experiments that those stains don’t come off easily :)

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7 comments:

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

That really does look like fun, one of these days we're going to have to try it too.

Ticia said...

I saved all of those baby food containers too. In theory I'm going to do something with them some day.....
I've found that the table pad on my kitchen table works great for different experiments and such stuff because it protects the surface underneath and is slightly padded, which can be helpful sometimes.
It's really cool that the water froze before all of the colors had mixed. I didn't realize it would do that.

MaryAnne said...

Food coloring really does stain, doesn't it!

Looks like a great activity. I think I'll save it for when Johnny's a little older - or summertime, when we can do it outside!

Debbie said...

Neat idea! I always liked to try to freeze both hot and cold water and watch to see which one froze first.

Thank you for the heads up about the mess, I probably wouldn't have thought about that.

Anna is sure having fun!

Susana said...

This is really, really fun Natalie!

I have loads of old baby food jars--we will be trying this.

That last picture of Anna is adorable!

Diana said...

I have this activity on my "to do" list for the penguin unit. Hopefully we can get to it next week.

Kim said...

Looking forward to trying this.