what happens when you mix different colors of play dough?
We are continuing to celebrate our gift of sight as we learn about all the different colors we can make as we mix primary colors.
During our opening activity, we played with play dough and discovered what happens when we are intentional about the colors that we mix together.
First, I made some homemade play dough at home with my kids to bring into class. Here is the recipe I followed:
1 cup flour
1 Tbs cream of tartar
1/2 cup of salt
2 Tbs. of oil
1 cup of water
1. Mix all the ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat.
2. Mix continually over the medium heat until the play dough begins to pull away from the saucepan.
3. Place on some wax paper to cool a little before kneading it. Place it in the refrigerator to store for months of fun.
NOTE: I repeated this three times for each of the primary colors, red, blue and yellow.
During class, I had them turn to their PlayDoh Color Mixing Mat in their Five Gifts book . We took yellow and red first and mixed them together to see what color they would make. To document their results, I had them color in their play doh mat.
When we were all done mixing the different colors, I had them mix all the play doh together. I asked them whether they thought the colors together would be darker or lighter. They all thought the colors together would be darker.
I love how this student left behind a sample of each of her different colors of play dough that we made and then put her mixed up play dough in the middle. So organized and a great way to visualize what made the big color in the middle!
The answer to our question of if the colors of play dough would be darker or lighter were answered. The colors were darker when combined together.
This book is very fun to present to children. It will invite them in to participate in some 'pretend' mixing of colors on the pages. It teaches them which colors of paint make which colors.
I loved all the participation in this book reading. The author had us tap dots of color, tilt the book to the right, and smoosh colors together. All the students enjoyed.
mixing primary colors of light
For our second investigation, we wanted to see if mixing colors of light would be the same as mixing colors of play dough.
What you will need are three flashlights each covered with a different color cellophane; green, blue and red and the Mixing Primary Colors of Light sheet.
Taking your respective flashlights, you would shine them on the Primary Colors of Light sheet.
Remember when I asked the students what they thought would happen when we mixed all the colors of play dough together?
I asked them what they thought when we mixed these colors of light together. They thought that the light would also get darker.
However, as you can see from the picture, when you mix red, green and blue light together, the light gets closer to white and lighter in the middle where the colors are mixing. Amazing!! See how this parallels with a characteristic of our Creator God.
1 John 1:5 - "God is light and in Him is no darkness at all"
Jesus is the Light of the world and there is absolutely no darkness in His light. This is even clearly seen in our physical world.
stained glass tissue art
Remember from last week's lesson, we learned that we cannot see color without light and that Jesus is the Light. Without Jesus, we can't see color.
Today, we get to make a stained glass Redeemer Jesus tissue art where we can place pieces of red, blue and yellow tissue paper to make other colors in our stained glass art.
You will want to cut out the inside of the Jesus template and then cover the template with contact paper. Place your tissue paper on the sticky part and then place on your window to remind you of the Light of men and that Jesus makes everything beautiful.
Five Gifts Science Curriculum
If you do not want to commit to buying a whole curriculum, here is a Lesson 3 bundle with all the components here as well as some painting components as well.
We will have so many more adventures. Here is the link to the whole curriculum
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Welcome! My name is Nicole Fleming and I have been leading science learning in the Bryan/College Station homeschool community for over 10 years.