My preschooler needs activities to keep him BUSY! He loves to play and run around, but also loves activities that help him use his motor skills. We have a bazillion eye droppers around our house from a science class I taught at our homeschool co-op. (you can buy 100 of them for under $5) I wanted to do something fun and educational with him using the eye droppers so the eye dropper dot counting activity came about. We have done eye dropper painting in the past, but this was different. This eye dropper dot counting activity combined colors, water, and counting!
I drew some different sized circles randomly around a piece of paper and laminated the paper. If you don’t have a laminator (one of my favorite homeschool tools!) you can use a sheet protector or even tape wax paper over your paper.
Then I prepared a few cups of colored water with water and food coloring. We just used the primary colors, then they can be mixed into any other color the kids want! I set the supplies in front of my son.
We started by counting how many drops of water to took to fill the dots. Since they were all different sizes, it was fun to compare them. Then he wanted to just play around with it. It turned into a fun color mixing activity for him, too!
By the end he was making potions! I love his creative thought process.
This activity is so fun and simple as well as inexpensive to put together. It is a good preschool and toddler activity, but the older kids were enjoying joining in on it, too!
Also check out my Water Drop Maze post!