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Published on March 17, 2020

ice cube tray

Boredom Breakers: Mixing Colors

Here is an easy and inexpensive way to give your child some fine motor practice while having fun.

You will need:

  • An ice cube tray
  • Food coloring
  • A plastic medicine dropper (you might be able to get this free from your pharmacist)
  • Water

Cover the table with a towel. Put water in some of the ice tray compartments and add a drop of food coloring to each. Leave some compartments empty. Let your child use the medicine dropper to move water from one compartment to another.

What your child will learn:
Squeezing the medicine dropper exercises the small muscles in the hand. This group of muscles will be needed to write or cut with a scissors. Your child may also learn about color mixing (blue plus yellow makes green) but be prepared for them to first mix all the colors together to get that muddy greenish-brown hue. They may do this many times before they actually try mixing true colors. Two and three year olds will probably be more interested in simply moving the water around.

Safety precautions:
The plastic bulb on the medicine dropper comes off and is a choking hazard. Supervise this activity.

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