Frozen Color Mixing

Primary colors (red, blue, and yellow) are the source of all other colors. Secondary colors (green, purple, and orange) are created when two primary colors mix. If you freeze up colored ice cubes, you can experiment with color mixing as they melt. Combine cubes to make secondary colors, and if you’re feeling really creative, see if you can make tertiary colors (yellow-orange, red-orange, red-violet, blue-violet, blue-green, and yellow-green)! Heads up: This project will dye your little ones’ hands. We recommend using gloves or putting the colored ice cubes in plastic bags for mixing.

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    Assemble your ingredients.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    Pour water into the ice cube trays.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    Add 1-2 drops of food coloring into each ice cube container. Place the ice cube tray in the freezer and let freeze for at least 1 hour.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Done!

    Take the ice cube tray out of the freezer. And separate the cubes by color onto your plates. Then mix and match different colors to see what new colors you create!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

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