Has a child every asked about why the
leaves change color? Leaves change color when plants stop producing
the green pigment, leaving the red or gold color. In this activity
kids will see how a single color can be made from different
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coffee filter paper
food coloring or markers
straws, eye dropper, or spoon
mix a few drops of food coloring (blue,
brown, & yellow; red & purple).
use an eye dropper or a straw to put one
drop in the center of each filter.
use a different straw or dropper to add
a drop of water to the color spot.
continue adding water and watch the
If you don't have food coloring, water
based markers will work. Color a spot in the center of the
filter paper, than add drops of water. Children should be able
to discover that purple markers actually have red and blue in the
To use a straw, cut into pieces about 3
inches or 8 cm long. Holding the straw upright, put one end in
the color or water. Use your finger to cover the top of the
straw, then lift it up. A small amount of color or water will
stay in the straw while you move it over the filter paper. When
it is in position, release your finger from the top of the straw and
the liquid will come out the bottom.
Ideas for the used filter
Use the finished papers to make
flowers. Kids could make a bouquet for their Mom. Cut the
paper in the shape of a flower and add a straw or pipe cleaner to make a
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