Grade: all
Subject: Science

#2383. Primary and Secondary Color Mixing

Science, level: all
Posted Thu Sep 20 16:42:45 PDT 2001 by Michele Owsley (
Children's House Montessori Preschool, Nashville, TN, USA
Concepts Taught: mixing colors

The following materials are needed:
3 clear salt and pepper size containers (no lids) 3 eyedroppers, preferably with a red, yellow, and
blue blub to squeeze at the top.
3 very small clear bowls.
1 small glass pitcher
1 sponge
1 tray with color coded dots below the small
clear bowls.
Food coloring and water

*below each bowl will be the following information

red star yellow star blue star
yellow star blue star red star

The children will take a drop of each of the colors indicated by the stars. The two primary colors will mix to make a secondary color. When completed the children will pour the water from the small bowls into a small pitcher and empty the pitcher into the sink. The child will then clean the bowls and pitcher with a small sponge. I use this lesson over and over again with my 3,4,and 5 year old mixed age preschool. They love it. I hope it is understandable.