Saturday, 25 February 2012

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Montessori Activity: Fun with Mixing Colours

Full set

Simple set
Yellow + Blue = Green

Purple + Orange = Brown

Age: From 3 years old

Activity Duration: 15 - 30 minutes

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Objectives:
1. To teach colours.
2. To train the child's fine motor skills.

Materials:
1. 1 large clear transparent bowl
2. 2 clear transparent glasses or bowls filled with water.
3. 4 different food colouring
4. 6 plastic colour toy plates (yellow, red, blue, green, orange and purple) for benchmark (optional)
5. 1 jug for pouring water (optional, but Joshua found this fun)
6. 1 stick for stiring (optional)

Directions:
1. Pour the colour you want to mix into the glasses.

2. Ask your child to pour water into the glasses.

3. Ask your child to pour the first colour solution from the glass into the big transparent bowl.

4. Before asking your child to pour the second colour solution the big bowl, ask your child to guess what the colour in the big bowl would become. Use the colour plates and ask, "Does it turn into this green colour? Does it turn into red colour?" Encourage your child to guess.

5. Instruct your child to pour the second colour solution from the other glass into the big transparent bowl and watch the colour transformation.

6. Pour away the water from the big bowl, and repeat with other colour mixing.

Additional Information:
Joshua (2Y11M20D) played with this yesterday and this morning. He enjoyed it a lot and played for 30 minutes. He was curious what colour he would get. if he mix in blue and orange, or purple and orange. He found it funny and kept laughing when I said, it gave dirty colour, which he mixed and saw the dirty colour for himself.

Yellow + Blue = Green
Red + Blue = Purple
Red + Yellow = Orange
Orange + Blue = Dirty Green
Green + Blue = Green

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