Color mixing is an activity that you would find in most Montessori classrooms. I had not yet put it out this school year, however. Recently I came across this great little color wheel activity on Mama Jenn's blog and thought it would be awesome for setting up as an independent activity. First I copied the color wheel from Mama Jenn on white cardstock and laminated it. Then I added 3 eye dropper jars with red, yellow, and blue colored water, a jar of toothpicks, a sponge and sponge holder, a basket of paper towels, and a jar with a pencil. This work is set up on a table as shown below.
To do this work, the child first takes a paper towel and uses the pencil to write their name at the bottom. They then replace the paper towel in the basket to use later. Next, they use the eye droppers to transfer droplets of water onto the corresponding colored dots on the color wheel template as shown in the photo below.
After the water droplets are transferred, they use a toothpick to stir the drops together to mix the colors as shown below. Instead of using a new toothpick for each circle, I just showed them to wipe the toothpick on the sponge after each mixing.
Once all the colors have been stirred they carefully place the paper towel on top.
The result is a color wheel that they have created and that they may take home. How cool is that? I love this work and the children do too. A final step is to use the sponge to wipe all remaining water droplets off the template.