Olympic Rings Taste Safe Sensory Activity
This activity is a great one for sensory water play. It is great for a hot day as well as learning colors and very easy to prep and set up.
For this activity you will need a muffin pan (or multiple muffin pans), food coloring, water, and a large bin or bowl. Begin by filling all of the spots in your muffin tray with water close to the top.
Add one drop of food coloring to each muffin tin in the colors red, blue, yellow, green, and black and stir each one. Continue to do this with all of the colors multiple times until the muffin pan is filled. Then stick muffin tray into the freezer and freeze until solid.
You may want to repeat this process a few times (or use multiple muffin tins) until you have many different ice chunks in each color. I repeated three different times for a combined totoal of 36 different ice chunks.
Take ice chunks out and have your little ones help set them up in the shape of the Olympic rings in a small pool, water table, or bin/bucket. The more ice chunks in each color you have the more Olympic rings you can make.
Then allow your little one to pour hot & cold water on top, melt with their hands (or mouth since it is taste safe), try using salt water, etc…to see if they can get them to melt. Allow them to explore and play with Olympic colored ice cubes freely.
You could also practice color recognition and have them sort them into like colors. Color mixing can be practiced by having them put two different colors in the same bowl and pouring water over top. The water will turn the mixed color and teach them what the combinations make.