I love food coloring.
Today we took it outside and played with colorful water. Because I didn’t want my toddler (“J”) to squeeze an entire vial into a small cup and then immediately dump it on the ground, I put them up on our fence and was personally in charge of adding them as needed. This was a great way for him to practice the names of colors: “Green! Blue! Yellow!” For some reason, he never asked for red.
This was definitely messy and wet. I brought out the garden hose and turned it on very low so J could use it himself without getting very wet and we weren’t wasting a ton of water. To be honest, I think J would have been just as happy with the water alone, but the food coloring made for a fun change of pace.
Garden hose or other water source
Containers and spoons, etc., to play with (we used pots/pans and utensils from Goodwill)
- Dress yourself and your child for the possibility of getting wet. It’s best to do this on a relatively warm or hot day.
- Collect your containers and utensils, and set up a play area in a place that is accessible to your water source.
- Put some water in some of the containers, add a little food coloring, and have fun!