One of my daughter’s favorite things to do is play with water. She can spend hours just filling up different containers of water and transporting them all around the house. Sometimes it seems like her main mission in life is to fill up her toy teapot in the bathroom sink and run it over to her toy kitchen in our living room before mom or dad can stop her. She’s pretty fast now. Sometimes the only evidence that she’s brought water from the sink to her kitchen is the trail that she’s spilled on the way.
Now that it’s summer, we’ve brought the water play outside. I found this crazy cute post about creating your own rainbow colored jars of water on Instagram. My two year old loves water, playing games and guessing colors so I knew this would definitely be a hit with her. Playing with water while learning is always a winner in our book!
We were 100% inspired by Deborah Stewart from @teachpreschool. We took her idea of making our own DIY watercolor paint, and created a little matching game to play while creating these beautiful colors on our patio.
Here is the original post by Deborah Stewart from TeachPreschool.org: http://www.teachpreschool.org/2016/06/how-to-make-the-easiest-diy-liquid-watercolor-ever/
What you need:
- Craft popsicle sticks (colored)
- Ball jars
Step by step below:
Step 1 – Pick out your favorite colored craft popsicle sticks.
Step 2 – Fill the Ball jars about half way with warm water.
Step 3 – Place a few of the craft sticks into each of the jars.
Step 4 – Watch the color start to dissolve from the popsicle stick and into the water. Wait a few hours or days and the colors will become even more bold. If your colors are too pale, try adding more sticks to create bolder colors.
You could stick with all the same colors or mix different colored craft sticks to teach your little one how to make new colors. We spend so much time each day sitting outside playing with these jars. I ask her to match a colored stick (a dry one) to the color in the jar. She has fun placing the colored sticks into the matching color.
One piece of advice though, if you handle the wet colored popsicle sticks for too long it could stain your fingers. So, to avoid getting dye onto their little fingers, you could try matching small plastic objects (like buttons) to the appropriate color for a fun alternative!
If your child likes to paint these are fun to use as actual watercolor paints if your colors are bold enough. Try experimenting with different materials as canvases. For example, paper towel or an old white t-shirt might be exciting! Just be sure to use a drop cloth so you don’t stain the table surface.