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Color Science For Children

Learning About Primary & Secondary Colors

Science for kids does not have to be made up of huge, elaborate experiments. This simple science experiment with color helps children observe how colors are created. This experiment will give you the opportunity to discuss primary and secondary colors with your child.

Using some household items your child can see how their favorite marker colors may just be made up of more than one color.


  • White coffee filter
  • Several colored markers (I found that Crayola brand works well)
  • Straw or eye dropper
  • Water


Use the markers to make colored spots on your coffee filter. Be sure there is plenty of space between each color. Use the straw or eye dropping to put a few drops of water on each color. Allow the coffee filter to dry for best results.

What's Happening?

The inks in some colored markers are made up of a mixture of colors. Observe the color spreading out and you will begin to see many of the secondary colors separate. Some colors spread out further than others, so if a marker is made of a mix of colors you will see those different colors spread out over the coffee filter.

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