Food Coloring Fun

What You Need:

  • Flour
  • Water
  • Bowl
  • Food coloring

What You Do:

  1. Mix a good amount of flour and water in a bowl until the consistency resembles pizza dough. If it’s too wet, it will be sticky, and if it’s too dry it will crumble. Help the kids adjust the water and flour levels until it is pliable and easy to knead.
  2. Let the kids mix and knead the dough to the right consistency. When they each have several balls of dough formed, have them place them on a plastic placemat. (You may want to cover the surface of the placemat with flour as the dough can stick to the mat.)
  3. Remove the colored tops from the food coloring so the kids can't tell which color is which in the bottles. Have them carefully place a drop of food coloring in each of the balls of dough. Ask the kids to guess what color the dough will be. Since the food coloring is so dense, they shouldn’t be able to tell what color it is until they start kneading the dough.
  4. Once they start kneading the dough, the color will start to emerge and they can now call out the name of the color. Try adding two drops and see if the dough gets darker (it should!) or fewer drops so they can see the difference.
  5. After you repeat this process with several colors, let the kids play with the dough and make fun creations. They will see how easy it is to take only a few small ingredients and turn it into a great activity, all by themselves.

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