Coloring activities are important educational tools for toddlers. It prepares them for school. It is also one of the most favorite pastime activities of the kids. It sparks their imagination and gives them an opportunity to express themselves. Give your kids drawing sheets of their favorite cartoons, animals or film stars; they will spend hours coloring it.We have found three great activities that teach your kids about colour.
Bubble Wrap Painting and Printmaking
This is a great activity for some sensory play with texture and colour, and a nice introduction to printmaking. Roll some bubble wrap out onto the floor/table, squirt a few different colours (Crayola Washable paint or Tempura paint easily washes off) onto it and let the hands do the rest. Once happy with the painting, press a white sheet of paper down onto the bubble wrap for a unique print!
Mess-free finger painting
Looking for a less messy finger painting option? Try this instead… it’s a great way to learn about how colours mix and form new colours – without the mess! Squirt 2 – 3 separate blobs of colours into a zip-lock bag, zip it shut and sellotape it down (top and bottom) onto a table, or to a window where the light shines through. Get your kids to use their hands to squish the paint about and see how the colours mix together. Use fingers or a q-tip to draw pictures!
Milk, Food Colouring and Washing Up Liquid
This here is a fun activity to try in the kitchen – all you need is some milk, food colouring, washing up liquid, and a q-tip or toothpick.
Place milk in a shallow dish and add some drops of liquid food coloring, now grab a toothpick and dip the end part of the toothpick in dish soap and ask your kid to touch the milk with it.
The colors instantly shoot out at lightning speed creating a wake of rainbows! Try dipping the toothpick in the color first and then the milk and you’ll make rings. Do it a few more times and then just sit back and watch. As the soap disrupts the surface tension of the milk, the colors dance around all by themselves.