Welcome to our semi-educational summer science boredom busters! Today we’re experimenting with mystery potions and color mixing!





  • Plastic measuring containers, bowls etc
  • Safety glasses, you know for effect and all.
  • Water
  • Food Coloring
  • Optional: Eye droppers, measuring spoons
  • A few willing scientists

I found this Liquid Measuring Kit from Lakeshore Learning, but you can really use any variety of containers you have on hand.


Directions: Mix containers with different color water. Set up the containers on a table outside, and let kids have at it. See what colors they can create, and then go grab a lemonade and that book you’ve been meaning to read!



As you can see, the Teeny Tot is taking her mixing quite seriously! She played until all of the water was gone, then asked for some more. The good news is that this activity is super easy to set up, VERY cheap, and fun for the kids!



If you’d like your children to follow some recipes, try out my color mixing cards to measure and mix new colors!

colormixingcards1 copy


Hope you enjoy your summer science lab!


  1. Thank you so much for posting this idea! I did this today with my 4 year old. Once she got going, I was able to get out the computer and get some work done. She was occupied for an hour and half next to me while I worked. She had so much fun and was learning a lot about volume and measuring.
    Thanks again for all your hard work!


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