Colouring without brushes or crayons

Yes, we did a colouring project without using brushes or crayons or sketch pens.

How? We simply used food colour, water and craft sticks (ice cream sticks). The project also doubled up as a science experiment – capillary action. No, I didn’t tell P the scientific name, else we would have been stuck at the word all day! P has a habit of repeating difficult words till he gets it right.

We started off by dissolving food color in water – red, blue, yellow. I explained to P these are the primary colours from which all other colours originate. Then we took our craft sticks and let P stick one in each of the colours.

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Almost instantly the coloured water started rising up, colouring the stick. When it was half way, we turned the stick and stuck it into a different colour.

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Again instantly the colour began rising. But this time where the two colours met, it mixed and gave a third colour. Red and blue became purple, yellow and blue became green and red and yellow became orange.

P was delighted too see the colour mixing and he kept putting more sticks and trying out other combinations.

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Once the sticks were dry, we made a nice photo frame and put a snap of P. It now stands proudly in his train bookshelf.

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