Learning About Colors


This morning I was reading a story to Hula Girl about mixing colors. It’s called The Color Kittens. I was therefore inspired to do an activity with Hula Girl that showed her the same concept. Since it was so cold outside today, and I don’t yet have a nice winter coat for Hula Girl, we did a longer experiment than we normally would have done. This ate up about 40 minutes. Nice! (In Toddler Time, 40 minutes is like an eternity. Keeping her focused on one activity for this long was amazing.)

So this little activity is all over the internet in Mom Blog Land. Baking soda + food coloring + vinegar = fun foaming way to entertain and teach your toddler about colors. I was particularly fond of doing this “project*” in muffin tins as it really worked well to keep everything contained.

*Hula Girl refers to every single thing we do requiring supplies or materials of any sort as a “project.”

Anyway, we started out just learning what happened when we dropped vinegar in baking soda. Then we saw what happened when we added each of the colors separately. Finally, we used the second tin to do our color mixtures. She was STUNNED by the results! I had her make guesses to see what colors she thought would result from the mixtures. Her guess for red + yellow? Green. Surprise! How about blue + red? Pink? Surprise again! She was very excited to announce the color of the foam as soon as it appeared each time. We documented our color findings very carefully on a separate sheet of paper so we can use it again as reference when we’re mixing colors in the future. She will also be psyched to show Daddy her discoveries when he gets home!

But her very favorite part: squirting the vinegar out of the medicine syringe, of course. šŸ™‚









  1. Kristy said,

    October 5, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Ooh, how grown up a scientist she is. I love that she was so excited about the results.

    • WeeIrishFamily said,

      October 8, 2012 at 2:10 pm

      She almost jumped off her stepladder. It was a little too much excitement! šŸ™‚

  2. Jennie said,

    October 6, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Super cute! I’m going to try this withMJ. He loves colors. Hopefully he doesn’t want to throw the colors everywhere. šŸ™‚

    • WeeIrishFamily said,

      October 8, 2012 at 2:10 pm

      Jennie- It was a feat of epic proportions to maintain the uncolored state of my kitchen. I recommend insisting that “Mommy does the colors” and that “MJ does the vinegar.” šŸ™‚

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