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Color Mixing Game

Today’s easy play idea uses simply colored water. Kids activities using just a few simple materials usually seem to  provide the best kind of entertainment for the kids. This activity did not disappoint us! It was an exciting game and my 4 year and I played quite a few rounds of the age-old tic-tac-toe game with a colorful twist. For a scientific twist on color mixing see our fizzing color mixing activity.

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  • 9 clear cups
  • 3 squeeze bottles/ cups
  • 3 empty containers
  • Water in primary colors


Fill up the squeeze bottles with red, blue and yellow colored water.

Fill up the containers with red, blue and yellow colored water.

You don’t have to use squeeze bottles and can easily switch to any cup/container. Squeeze bottles are handy while playing and it gives the child more control on the amount of colored water being dispensed.

Easy water play idea using just one color.

This water play idea is simple – make 2 secondary colors using the primary color game board. Your x’s are red and 0’s are blue. Each player chooses a primary color and the game proceeds like regular tic-tac-toe

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Just in case you are not familiar with the game, here is a short video.

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Draw a tic tac toe game board and place a clear cup in each box. Fill all the 9 cups with the same color water. We chose yellow.

I asked “ what colors can you make with yellow?” Orange!!

Please note that it is easy for kids to answer “ what makes red and yellow?” but the question” how do you make orange with yellow” takes a bit of processing. ( Yeah, they have to find the addend!)

She picked the red colored water and I used the blue colored water and we started playing color mixing tic tac toe!

Just start playing like regular tic tac toe while each player makes a different secondary color – here my 4 year was making orange and I was making green.