In The Science Lab – Exploring Mixtures With Little Kids

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A huge thanks to Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) for providing us with their Experience Preschool curriculum for free in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. It’s been such a huge blessing to us! As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own.

Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best mama judgement when planning activities for your little kids. 

This month’s Science Lab curriculum kit from Mother Goose Time is definitely awesome! Even I’m lovin’ it! And of course the little guy is too! We spent some time today exploring mixtures and I assure you that lessons like these are every toddler’s dream. Feel free to ask me how I know this. Lol… Either way, I’m almost positive that the little guy would call today one of his favorites.

toddler painting on color mixing activity sheets
We started with the Color Mixing activity, which was a new twist on an old favorite. We got an awesome sheet that showed each of the primary colors. I seriously didn’t even get the opportunity to take a picture of it beforehand. As soon as it hit the table, he was all over it.

toddler exploring color mixing with paint and an activity sheet
I loved that he started with red, yellow, and blue and that the color mixing activity sheet showed him exactly how to make the secondary colors too. I literally just squeezed some tempera paint on his sheet and let him go.

Of course we talked about color mixing too.

toddler boy exploring color mixing with paint in clear zip bags
After that, we did the “tray play” from the Little Goose Teacher Guide. I put together a few Rainbow Sensory Bags using clear zipper bags and paint. I squeezed a little paint in each of the bags. In one, I added red + blue. In another, yellow + blue. And the last one was of course red + yellow.

toddler smooshing paint in clear zip bags
I put each of our rainbow sensory bags on a tray and set the tray on the floor so that he had the opportunity to explore them up close and personal. The Little Goose Teacher Guide tells you to “invite the child to select a bag then squeeze and twist it while smashing and mixing the paint around.”

paint in clear zip bags on tray
Don’t they look awesome? I’m so excited about how these turned out! I definitely want to do it again sometime. And based on the little guy’s reaction, it appears that he’s in agreement.

toddler squishing paint in clear zip bags
He had so much fun squishing the paint around and mixing it all together.

toddler mixing paint colors in clear zip bags
The hands-down favorite, though, was definitely the Inventing New Colors activity. We did this activity no less than three times within a matter of an hour or so. And each time we were finished he of course asked for “more water please.”

toddler exploring color mixing with plastic beakers full of colored water
This was so simple. I filled a few of the plastic beakers that came in our curriculum kit this month with water + food coloring and let the little guy explore pouring and inventing new colors all by himself. He mixed everything together one beaker at a time and ultimately dumped all of the colored water into the bin itself. Each time, he created a brand new color.

toddler pouring a beaker of blue water into one with yellow water
I even let him use a wooden spoon to help mix the food coloring with the water. The first time we did this activity, we ended up with brown.

toddler pouring red water into an empty beaker
The second time, we got a bluish-green. And the third time, we managed to make purple. Adding the food coloring to the water in the plastic beakers was actually totally random, so even I had absolutely no idea what color he’d end up with when it was all said and done.

toddler pouring beaker of green water into one with red water
This is another activity that was really quick and easy to put together and yet kept the little guy’s attention for quite a while. I’m fairly certain that he would’ve kept at it indefinitely had I continued to refill the beakers for him. We’ll definitely be doing this experiment a lot.

toddler exploring sensory bin filled with colored water and plastic beakers
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Thanks so much for visiting. See ya next week!


  1. The little guy loved it, Abby! Totally worth it! Thanks so much for visiting. Have an awesome week!

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