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Color Mixing Activity-a Montessori Services product review

By Anitra

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I received a free product from Montessori Services valued under $50 to provide an honest review of this product.  All opinions expressed are my own.  This post may contain affiliate links, please see disclosure policy for more information.

Over the years, I have ordered various Montessori materials and supplies from Montessori Services for my classroom. They have a great selection of products for your classroom, and if you are a parent interested in implementing Montessori materials and Methods at home, For Small Hands has great products as well.  They have a large selection of Montessori materials and products, from the traditional areas of a Montessori classroom; like Practical Life, Language, and Math; to supplemental products such as books, music & movement and art.   I have in the past constructed a color mixing activity as a Practical Life work in my classroom, so I was more than excited when I received the Color Mixing Activity Set from Montessori Services!

 

The Work:

Color Mixing Activity Item # Y30The Color Mixing Activity Set Item# Y30

Includes: (everything is pictured below)

(Photo courtesy of Montessori Services, used by permission)

 

 

Set Up and Steps:

The setup:

Using the Presentation Suggestions, I prepared the work as instructed.  I filled the clear glass bottles with water up to the neck of the bottle.  I added a few drops of red, blue, and yellow food coloring into each glass bottle, put the caps on, and shook up.  Next, I set up the tray as instructed; following the Presentation Suggestions.

 

 

After I gave the initial lesson to the children in circle time, it was then available for them to use.  During the initial lesson, I reviewed how to use an eye dropper.  Here is one of my older friends completing the Color Mixing Activity step by step.

 

Get an apron.  I prefer to provide aprons for the children in my class to use when they do water works.  It is a personal preference, and it not mandatory.

 

Next, here she is using the eye dropper to mix red and yellow.  Using the tiny spoon, she mixed up both colors and got orange.

 

 

Next up, she used the eye droppers to mix red and blue together, getting purple.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lastly, she used the eyedroppers to mix yellow and blue, getting green

 

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

The fourth small bowl is used for experimenting.  She chose to make purple again, since it is her favorite color!

 

 

 

 

 The Clean Up:

Pour all of the contents from each of the small glass bowls into the larger glass bowl.

 

 

Use the sponge to wipe out each of the small glass bowls, and the tray, if needed.

 

 

Pour out contents of the larger glass bowl.  Using the sponge, wipe it clean.  The work is complete!

 

                   

 

This work was so fun!  I had fun introducing it, and the children had a blast using it.  It was SO popular, I had to limit the number of times they could do it today.  I had quite a few friends cry that they were not able to do this work today, as we ran out of time during Montessori Work Time!  I really liked how EVERYTHING that I needed came with the work.  I didn’t have to purchase anything else to go with it; (I already had the aprons), and the convenience of that is a huge time and money saver.  The work is durable, and I like that most of the items used in the work are glass.  If you’ve been following my other posts, you know how much of a fan I am of using glass in my classroom.  This complete Color Mixing Activity is a good work for use in a classroom, home school, or for a parent looking to incorporate Montessori materials in their home!

I hope that you enjoy this work as much as my class and I did!

Anitra

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  • Josh Woods

    August 14, 2017

    Love this! We will have to try it with our kids!

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  • Lisa

    August 13, 2017

    Oh my goodness! How fun is this! I know that my kids would definitely love this. But I would also make them wear aprons like you suggested.

    reply to Lisa
  • Carmen

    August 12, 2017

    Sounds like fun. Could this also be done with food coloring?

    reply to Carmen
    • Anitra

      August 12, 2017

      Hi Carmen! That’s exactly what this is…a few drops of food coloring and water. The activity kit comes with food coloring so you don’t have to buy any!

      reply to Anitra
  • Joanne

    August 12, 2017

    I love this, my son has always learned best when it was hands on.

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  • Christy

    August 12, 2017

    This was always one of our favorite activities in my preschool classrooms. It’s also really fun to float shaving cream on top of a glass jar of water and use eye droppers to make it “rain” different colors through the “clouds”

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  • Kourtney

    August 12, 2017

    This is so neat! My kids would love doing this. Thank you for sharing!

    reply to Kourtney
    • Anitra

      August 12, 2017

      Hi Kourtney! I’m all about making sure the children in my class have fun while learning!

      reply to Anitra
  • Melissa

    August 11, 2017

    This looks like a fun thing for the kids! All kids love experimenting, right! Lol

    reply to Melissa
    • Anitra

      August 11, 2017

      Hi Melissa! Yes, hands on experimenting is how they learn best!

      reply to Anitra
  • Emily

    August 11, 2017

    This is such a great activity! Love it!

    reply to Emily
    • Anitra

      August 11, 2017

      Thanks Emily! It is a fun science activity that also teaches something important!

      reply to Anitra
  • Kamie Berry

    August 11, 2017

    This looks like fun! I even think my 9 year old would enjoy it.

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    • Anitra

      August 11, 2017

      Hi Kamie! I had so much fun with this too! Sometimes the simple activites are the most fun!

      reply to Anitra
  • Courtney

    August 11, 2017

    Cute! Fun for kids a little older than mine 🙂

    reply to Courtney
    • Anitra

      August 11, 2017

      Hi Courtney! I have kids in my class that are 2 1/2 that did this work just fine! For a younger child, you could try only mixing red and yellow and removing all the other items from the work.

      reply to Anitra
  • Katie

    August 11, 2017

    What a great way for them to learn about colors!

    reply to Katie
    • Anitra

      August 11, 2017

      Hi Katie! Yes, it’s great for introducing primary and secondary colors and the vocabulary too.

      reply to Anitra
  • Sheree | Healthy Life, Happier Life

    August 11, 2017

    This is a great way to teach children about mixing colors! Very clever!

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    • Anitra

      August 11, 2017

      Hi Sheree! You have to have clever ways to get the attention of younger children.

      reply to Anitra
  • Nicole

    August 11, 2017

    this looks like alot of fun and my kids would love it!

    reply to Nicole
    • Anitra

      August 11, 2017

      Hi Nicole! The children really enjoyed the hands on aspect of this activity!

      reply to Anitra
  • Shelanda

    August 11, 2017

    Looks like so much fun!

    reply to Shelanda
    • Anitra

      August 11, 2017

      Hi Shelanda! It was fun, I enjoyed it just as much as they did!

      reply to Anitra
  • Stacey Billingsley

    August 11, 2017

    What a great activity! I kind of want to do it, too. 🙂 It’s great when you can get kids really interested in something. I teach high school, and half of the battle is getting their attention. In fact, I’m heading back to school Monday. Where did summer go?

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    • Anitra

      August 11, 2017

      Hi Stacey! That is why I love teaching the younger ones! It’s easier to get and keep their attention.

      reply to Anitra
  • Rachel

    August 11, 2017

    This is great! My girls love anything with mixing colours. We usually stick to play-doh but we may have to try liquids.

    reply to Rachel
    • Anitra

      August 11, 2017

      Hi Rachel! It’s fun and it’s not permanent like mixing playdough!

      reply to Anitra
  • Lisa

    August 10, 2017

    This looks super fun…even for me! 😉

    reply to Lisa
    • Anitra

      August 10, 2017

      Hi Lisa! Trust me, I had so much fun introducing this lesson to the children in my class!

      reply to Anitra
  • Kelly

    August 10, 2017

    I love that you’re teaching colors this way, but I also love that the child is doing the cleanup! Two lessons in one!

    reply to Kelly
    • Anitra

      August 10, 2017

      Hi Kelly! Thanks, yes in a Montessori classroom, the children always participate in cleaning up, it is part of the philosophy.

      reply to Anitra
  • Cerin

    August 10, 2017

    Fun! How neat!

    reply to Cerin
    • Anitra

      August 10, 2017

      Hi Cerin! The children had so much fun with this activity, and so did I!

      reply to Anitra

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