Mixing Colors on the Window

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Take advantage of a sunny day for this no-mess color mixing lesson, a great idea spotted over on Hands on as We Grow!

We had a new set of paints that came in silly scents – think red strawberry, yellow pineapple, and blue blueberry – so Veronika couldn’t wait to test them out.

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I poured each of the three primary colors into a small zip-top plastic bag and sealed tightly, then showed Veronika the magic that could happen when we held them against a sunny window. Red alone was just red…

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…but if we held the yellow and red together, we saw orange!

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The effect is best when the paint layers aren’t too thick, so you can see both paints and the sunlight pouring through, creating the color mixing effect. Veronika especially loved when we made her favorite color, purple!

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Chances are your toddler will delight in using these as squishy bags for a while, too, which means we fit in our learning and our sensory play!

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