A great opportunity to practice the senses and identify colours, all you need is some milk and food colouring.
You will need
- Shallow bowl
- Food colouring
What to do
- Fill the bottom of the shallow tray/bowl with milk, just enough to cover the bottom- no need to fill it.
- Place droplets of food colouring at different distances around the tray. Use contrasting colours for the best effect.
- Use something (cotton buds, spoons, or even your finger) to stir the milk and mix the colours slowly - what changes can you see?
- Develop your language skills by explaining what you see, and making conclusions - for example what happens when blue and yellow are mixed?
If you have more milk, why not make this into a predictions activity, where you choose the colours, predict what will happen, and then check if your prediction is correct. This is a vital part of sequencing and even storytelling.
- Develops fine motor skills as the child uses their grip or their finger to mix the colours.
- Scientific understanding- particularly about how 2 liquids can mix, and the mixture of colours.
- Counting skills (as the child counts the number of food colouring droplets you put in the milk).
- Cause and effect and prediction abilities - a key scientific concept that can aid further learning by encouraging fore-thought.
Ask your child
- What can you see?
- What happens to the colour when you first drop it in?
- What happens when you mix these colours?
- Why do you think the colours have changed?