Color Grading Experiment With Food Coloring

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Color Grading Experiment With Food Coloring

This week, I worked on color grading with my preschooler using food coloring and water. This is a great sensorial exercise to teach your child differences in color. For this color grading demonstration, we used the following materials from home.

The Materials:
  • eye dropper
  • food coloring
  • water
  • 2 mixing palettes

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Red and Blue Color Grading

First, we put a few drops of blue coloring and a few drops of red food coloring in the two spaces on the top of the first palette to make blue and red colored water. Then, WJ added water with the eye dropper to fill the spaces.

Next, I had WJ use the eye dropper to put one drop of blue water in each of the seven spaces below. To create a grading effect, WJ added one drop of red water to the first space, two drops to the second space, three drops to the third space and so on, with the last space having seven drops of red water.

Yellow and Green Color Grading

We did the same thing with the second mixing palette, but this time we used yellow and green colored water. For this mixing palette, we added one drop of yellow to each of the seven spaces and then added one drop of green to the first space and an additional drop to each space, with the last space having seven drops of green water.

When we were done grading, I asked WJ about the colors we made and then I asked him to describe what happened when we added in more red coloring in the first palette or green coloring in second palette.  He loves making new colors!

Science Terms To Discuss With Your Child

Here are some science terms you can discuss with your child when you’re doing this experiment:

  • Colors
  • Making New Colors
  • Mixing
  • Light/Dark
  • Lighter/Darker
  • Lightest/Darkest
  • Grading

Have fun experimenting!

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  1. says

    Love this! What a great idea to have them add the drops – provided they have the fine motor skill to do it, of course! 🙂 I’d love to try this with my kids and see how it goes. Getting them to do just the right number of drops might be challenging, but hopefully a good challenge!

    • says

      Yes, this is also a great way to work on fine motor skills! My son did require a little assistance with the drops but he did great. Hope you and your kids enjoy this experiment.

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