Color Mixing and Math Lesson

We did a color mixing project today. I got the idea from The Pioneer Woman’s homeschooling blog. I provided them with Blue, Red and Yellow water, and then gave them ‘recipe’ cards to work from. Just because I don’t trust my kids with that large a quantity of water, I had them use smaller cups to do their measuring.

You can click here to download a copy of the color mixing cards I made I gave each child 2 colors to be in charge of to keep the craziness to a minimum. (Note: The only card that didn’t really work was the pink one)

I can’t explain how or why, but whenever we do color mixing my son’s colors are PERFECT, SPOT ON, EXACTLY as they should be…so weird…he was in charge of orange and Lime Green.

Anything involving water is usually lots of fun, but small tip from the trenches: LAMINATE your cards! I thought ahead and did do this, and was VERY glad that I did!

After we mixed the colors I had plans to use them to paint our coffee filters for our butterflies, however the colored water didn’t quite work as well as I’d hoped, so we ended up using water color on them. Ours aren’t as pretty as the ones on Kaboose, not sure why the colors aren’t brighter, any ideas? Guess this one goes into ‘failed craft heaven’ (aka trash!) I think I will try again only with regular coffee filters, these were large circle from a french press coffee maker I have.


  • Catherine May 10, 2010 at 11:26 am

    I've gotten really bright coffee filter butterflies by using regular Crayola markers on the coffee filter and then spritzing it with a water bottle. The water makes the marker bleed and it creates gorgeous results! 🙂 HTH!~Catherine

  • pink and green mama MaryLea August 15, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    We mix colored water ALL the time around here but it never occurred to me to make recipe cards for the girls to follow!! Genius! It makes the lesson that much better. Thank you : )

    • Lorry September 12, 2012 at 10:34 am

      …also, it isn’t about the “craft” — is it? Wonderful ideas to help direct the discovery! Thanks for sharing!

  • Growingtogether February 23, 2012 at 5:21 am

    Cute idea! I’ve made the coffee filter butterflies and other coffee filter projects with my kids. What I’ve found to work best is to have them color with markers and use spray bottles filled with water to make the colors bleed. They are very vibrant. Hope this helps.


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