Experimenting with colour – #minicreations

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Recently it’s been mostly dry and sunny enough to go out in the garden or to the park after Joel’s afternoon nap. Yesterday, however, it was pouring with rain, so I had to think of something we could do indoors other than the usual toys that Andrew had been playing with whilst little brother was asleep. We’d done baking recently, and so had Granny so we have an abundance of cakes/biscuits, so that was less appealing. The other day when I was browsing Pinterest for something, I can’t even remember what exactly, I came across a cool science experiment to teach kids about colour mixing (it certainly was nothing to do with what I’d searched for at least). I didn’t pin it at the time, but remembered the concept, and recalled it just at the right moment.

When searching for it again last night, I found the pin! As you can see, the simple experiment involves filling two glasses with water and putting a small amount of different colour food colourings in each one, then sticking a piece of kitchen roll into each glass and the other end of each piece into a third glass. Over time the coloured water seeps up into the kitchen roll and down into the empty glass, where the colours mix and create a new colour.

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The two colours that I could find in the cupboard were red and blue. The boys were fascinated to see what I was doing during the setting up, and to see that the colours were soaking up into the kitchen roll. We talked about odours and Andrew heaped me position the glasses whilst Joel flapped his arms in the high chair. It was quite a wait, however, until there was any sign of a new colour in the third glass, so we left it and went back to playing, and it had even stopped raining enough to go in the garden for a bit.

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By tea time there was enough coloured water in the third glass to see its colour, and by bedtime it was a lovely deep purple, which I dipped a piece of kitchen roll into and it came out an almost Cadbury colour (purple is on my brain at the moment 😉 ) This morning when I shows him at breakfast what had happened, Andrew was very impressed! The magic of colour mixing.

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This was an educational activity to spend some time on during a rainy afternoon. I’ve since started a ‘rainy days activities’ board on Pinterest, and will look for some more fun activities to pin. Give me a shout if you have any on Pinterest that I could add.

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Linking up with the fab mini creations linky over at KidGLloves blog
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‘Wiggly wiggly’ car racing track – #minicreations

I found out via twitter this morning that there’s a linky running on KidGLloves blog called Mini Creations.

By the end of most days in which we spend any time at home, there’s some sort of mini creation. It might be something arty or something edible, but more likely it’s a train track or a Duplo sculpture. Over the past few months, Andrew has got into building in a big way, even though Joel does his best to destroy (or ” ‘stroy” in Andrew’s words) his creation – bless him – though I do remind him that he used to destroy Daddy’s creations when he was Joel’s current age. I usually try and take Joel into another room or suggest Andrew continues the building process when Joel’s asleep.

So I really have no excuse not to join in when I get a spare moment.

Here’s today’s offering: a racing car track (the V-Tech Toot Toot Driver’s track). He built it all himself whilst I was dressing Joel this morning. I had to resort to putting Joel in the playpen temporarily as I filmed the video, took pictures, and Andrew explained it to me. So please excuse the squealing and random noises in the background (he’s playing with a toy cooker). The track was actually Joel’s Christmas present, but Andrew loves building with it at the moment, and he likes coming up with various designs – for example the ‘wiggly wiggly’.

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