Here’s a great idea for when you need just a few more minutes in the kitchen, but you’ve got a toddler who is ready to play!
It’s an easy tip, but one that I hadn’t thought about since I was a kid.
When your toddler has had his fun washing his hands and playing in the sink, but you still need a few more minutes to prepare dinner or clean up, it’s time to bring out the food coloring! Just a couple drops will transform your sink into a rainbow of colors.
We call the result “painting in the sink,” and my little boy loves it. When the first drops go in, they diffuse through the water in really striking patterns. Then he puts his little hands in the water and swirls it around, creating turbulence. It’s lots of fun to watch the water swirl around in new strings of color.
When the fun starts to diminish, add another color to the sink and watch it happen all over again.
Add a small plastic cup to the play for pouring action, or bubbles for some texture to the water. Bubbles will cause the colors to soften, but it’s a fun way to add white to the red, yellow, green, and blue colors in the sink.
This game can go on and on, as your child mixes the colors into new hues. Just periodically add another drop or two of food coloring, and it’s a whole new game!
Older kids can be prompted to experiment with the colors too. Try filling one glass with red water and another with yellow. . . can he make orange in the sink?
We love this game, because Widget gets to splash water, pour, pop bubbles, and paint all at the same time. And cleanup is easy, as it all goes down the drain!
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