Montags mit Mama: Color Mixing

Hippo has been so interested in colors lately, so I thought we would do some coloring mixing this morning.

Last night, I prepared the “experiment”. I filled an ice cube tray with water and then added food coloring in red, yellow, and blue. A few drops in each cube was enough to make our three colors.

This morning, we set up our table with the tablecloth, a plate, a fork*, and the colored cubes. I also drew up a quick sheet to see what Hippo thought would happen when we mixed the colors. He was pretty off! But that’s part of the fun 🙂

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First he guessed what each mixture of colors would make. Then we put one cube of each color on the plate and let him play with them. As they melted, the two primary colors combined to make the new secondary color. Magic! Then we filled in the Ergebnis circle with the correct answer. In the end, he mixed ALL of the colors together. You can imagine what happened then … a nice, muddy mess of colors 🙂

*He started out using his fingers to move the colored ice cubes around. Of course, his fingers turned red and yellow and blue, too! So we got out a fork for mixing the color cubes instead.

Here’s a blank form you can download in PDF: farben-mischen-gita. It looks like this:

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Olympic Games: LEGO World Flags

Earlier this month, I wrote a post about making Lego flags during the Olympics. Froggy not only enjoyed making the flags, but he was eager for me to create instructions for all the flags he made!

Once we got the hang of it, the basic striped flags were really easy. The hardest part was finding enough pieces in all the colors. We also managed to create some flags with plus-shapes, like Switzerland, Sweden, and Finland.

The flags are a great opportunity to practice geography and colors. But as I was creating the instructions, I realized you could also turn this into a math game. For the striped flags, we made them 12 across and 2 rows for each stripe. Challenge your little one to see how many ways s/he can make the row of 12 using pieces in different sizes! Froggy already made a change to the Germany flag, making it with just 15 pieces.

Or you can follow our patterns (click to download the PDF files):

 

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Here are 8 of the 10 flags. Froggy is going to rebuild France & Austria!

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We have loved Eric Carle’s book about the hungry caterpillar for years! I wanted to share it with Froggy’s class last week. So I created some picture cards to introduce the words. For this set, I added cards with words and numbers, too.

Included in this set are:

  • image cards
  • images with numbers, 1-5
  • images with words (fruit in both singular and plural)
  • words only

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Print them full-size for wall posters or to have large images to introduce to a class. Or print them 6-to-a-page for flashcards or a memory or matching game.

If you want to use them for Memory, be sure to use a thicker cardstock, so that the images don’t show through 🙂

I’d love to hear how you use the cards!

Click here to download: kleine Raupe Posters  (PDF file)

In addition to the posters, there is also a coloring page with the caterpillar and the five different fruits, labeled with colors and numbers. Download here: kleine Raupe Essen Farben Zahlen Malvorlage (PDF file)

 

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