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Color Theory Outdoor Water Play

Updated: Jun 29, 2023

Color theory and water play is one of the best ways to explore color. It comes so naturally to children to play and explore with water. When you add a dash of color it makes it such an exciting way to enhance their water play experience. Colorations® liquid water colors, bicolor, and tempera paint, have so many options for children to create new color combinations. When you set up color theory invitations you can explore primary colors (red, yellow, blue), the rainbow, cool colors (blue, green, purple), warm colors (red, orange, yellow).

We recently upgraded our outdoor mud kitchen and water play area just in time for summer with some new water jugs, pails, beakers, bowls, cups, labels, whisks, cylinders and these #gifted rainbow buckets. You can purchase these items at Discount School Supply, Target, Dollar Tree, TJ Maxx/Ross/Marshall/Homegoods, Thrift Stores, or your own kitchen cabinets.

When children engage in water play children begin to understand & investigate with ideas such as more/less, same/different, many/few, empty/full, before/after, greater than/less than.

This enhances their mathematical and science skills through pouring, mixing, and measuring. Their cognitive skills are built through cause and effect when experimenting with color combinations, ratios, and when they concentrate on mastering their hand eye coordination when pouring the water.

The social learnings from water play include collaboration, concentration, turn taking, problem solving, perseverance, self-regulation, & more. Exploring water combined with colors is captivating, engaging, engrossing & absorbing to almost all children.

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