Paper Butterfly Pegs
We loved this simple colorful activity which also offers children an opportunity to see and discuss colors changing and making new colors. Kitchen paper towels are an excellent material to absorb the color from the food dye, when different colors meet, they mix to create new colors. This was a really valuable learning experience.
You will need:
Kitchen Paper Towels
Paints, glue and glitter to decorate pegs
You will also want to put newspaper or a table cloth down as this will get messy
A little food dye goes a long way. So to begin, mix a few drops of each color with water. Use the droppers to transfer the different colors to the paper towel. Watch the colors spread across the paper towel as they are absorbed. When different colors meet; new colors will be made. We made green from dropping blue food dye onto yellow, purple was made when blue touched red and an orange color appeared when red mixed with yellow. A great point of learning and discussion for ages 4+.
While the paper towels are drying, decorate some wooden pegs. We used acrylic paints and glitter paints, but you could choose to color with markers, use glitter and glue or simply leave natural. When both the paper and pegs are dry, simply pinch the paper towels in the middle and secure with a peg to create a pretty colorful butterfly effect.