Learning about color is fascinating for young children (and sometimes older folks like me too!). This color experiment for kids will engage your child’s young mind and build his visual skills. It will encourage experimentation, and give him hours of fun discovery!
I have to admit that the first time I tried this experiment it took a little bit of time to perfect and get the outcome I was looking for. The outcome may surprise your child, so it is definitely worth putting in the effort.
Tools You Need For This Color Experiment For Kids
Markers (purple, blue, green, yellow, orange, red)
String or yarn
Books To Learn About Color
1. Divide your plate into six even sections using your pencil and ruler.
2. Use your markers to color each section one of the colors of the rainbow.
3. Use your pencil to punch two small holes in your plate, each about 1cm from the center. Cut off the excess plate to leave just your colored circle. Lace your string or yard through the holes as shown.
4. Hold one end of the string in each hand so that the color disk is in the middle. Wind up your your disk by turning while you hold the string. You may need the assistance of another person. When the string is wound up tight pull both hands away from each other so that your colored disk spins quickly.
The color will begin to blur together and will eventually appear to disappear or turn white.
Why Does This Happen?
The disk need to be spun quickly in order to create the disappearing effect. At the fast rate of speed your eyes are not able to differentiate each individual color, you create a blurring effect with each color overlapping. Therefore, your brain perceives this combination of color as white light.
Try this again, but use only two primary colors on your disk. What do you think will happen?
Want more fun ideas for your kids? Try these fun math games!