Science Experiment for Kids: Exploring Color Theory

bubble wrap filled with colored water

I love activities that keep my kids’ attention for a time, and this rainbow bubble wrap stained glass project is among those. For a procedure that is unique, it utilizes substances that are basic, and better still, it is a means. This science experiment makes for a ribbon to hang at a window, when they’re completed. It looks gorgeous, after the sunlight shines through! For saving purposes, hang on the bubble wrap on the surface of your window it doesn’t stain your floor.

color concept Wikipedia page. Here’s the explanation that I gave to my kids that relate to this science experiment:

There are primary colors (yellow, red, and blue), where all colours stem. Primary colors can be combined in many ways to make  secondary colours, and colours. A cool way to find out about what happens when you combine colors is to see that it all happen at once, and for exploring color theory with bubble wrapping this science experiment does just the trick. We are spending the day combining the 3 main colors to find out what, and the number of colours we could produce.

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  • bubble wrapping, (the kind with large bubbles)*
  • scissors
  • tape
  • liquid watercolors or food colour at primary colours (red, yellow, and blue)
  • water
  • little cups
  • towel

*The small bubble bubble wrap will work, it requires gap snipping and accuracy . Small bubble wrapping is not advocated.


cutting bubble wrap

Step 1: Take the scissors and cut out a small hole at the top of every bubble onto the sheet. Be certain the cuts have been on precisely the aspect of bubbles.

Step two: Use tape to hang on the bubble wrap onto a window or on an outside surface.

tray of colored dyes

dropper with colored water into bubble wrap

Step 3: Fill out the bubble pockets with color together with all the pipettes. Note: You reuse the bubble sheet over and over and can rinse out the colours.

bubble wrap stained glass

Pretty simple, right? Below are a few suggestions to ensure success.

Water down the colours. Err on the side of too diluted colours. Shade tone doesn’t allow light through. And colors are made even by mixing tones. Stay light!

bubble wrap stained glass

Keep it simple for little hands. For the five and below crew, just fill out the bubbles with color, any which way they want. They will combine colors on their own to create new colours and love it. It is a good motor drill placing the pipettes in the holes and filling the pipettes.

rainbow bubble wrap

Teach an art lesson. For the  elderly group, this can be an exercise in rather basic color theory. Utilize only the main colours, yellow, red, and blue (recall, dilute them!) . With these colours, a lot colours can be created.

bubble wrap stained glass

Make an infinite number of shades. Fill out a row or 2 with red, a row or 2 with yellow, plus a row or 2 with blue. By incorporating drops of colours, colours and other tones can be created. Start with a drop or 2 at one bubble, and after that in another bubble attempt four drops.

Red + blue = reddish purple, magenta, jam, fuchsia, plum, purple, eggplant, purple, wine

Red + yellow = bittersweet orange, orange, golden orange, tangerine, marigold

Yellow + blue spring green, pea green, kelly, lime, chartreuse, shamrock, emerald

colorful bubble wrap

Just add water. Adding extra water to the bubbles will lighten the colours and fill out the bubbles more (making it seem really, really cool!) .

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