A kindergarten science fair project idea about colors

This kindergarten science fair project idea about colors may have you seeing blue (ribbon that is!) It's fun, and you get to learn something. So...

...let's play with colors!

Time - Give yourself about two weeks to do this kindergarten science fair project idea.

Stuff List

You'll need...

1. Different colored items made of the same materials (such as several cotton tee-shirts, several pieces of paper, etc.
2. Thermometer
3. Sunny day
4. Several heavy items (to hold down the colored items)
5. Timer
6. Adult supervision
7. Graph paper
8. Camera
9. Cardboard for display (three sided)
10. Glue
11. Paper
12. Computer (optional)

Preparation

It's always important to ask questions. With your kindergarten science fair project idea it's important too. We'll use colors for this one. So...

...let's ask some questions about color.

Here are some great questions to get you started. These aren't the most important questions, though. We'll ask that one later.

See if you can add to this list for this kindergarten science fair project idea.

What's your favorite color?
How do some colors make you feel?
What colors do some animals come in?

Try to answer these as best you can.

Now...

We ask the most important question...

Which color feels warmest?

This is a good question because we can try it out in a sunny place in our backyard or in a warm, sunny room in our house. But don't try it yet. We need to answer our important question first!

Let's do that now.

What do you think the answer is to your important question?

Color the color you think is warmest on a piece of paper. Don't change it until you see what the colors do first. We call this guess our hypothesis.

Now it's time to get the stuff from the list above. Let's move to the next step.

Project

Now comes the fun part...

...test those colors! On a really sunny day, place your colored materials (tee-shirts, paper, etc.) in a sunny spot in your backyard. If it's cold where you are, a sunny window will do. Ask your parents for help if you aren't sure. Put heavy things on your colored objects to hold them down like this...

I like colors!



Now set a timer for one hour. You may want to use your mother's kitchen timer if she has one. But ask her before you borrow it. She'll like that!

After the timer goes off take a reading of the temperature around but not on the shirts. Next place the thermometer on each shirt for five minutes. After five minutes check what the thermometer says and write down what it says.

Carefully do this for each shirt. Don't let the thermometer sit directly in the sun. That may make it read incorrectly.

Also, don't forget to take lots of pictures of this part. Pictures show you did your own work.

Paper

Alright...

...let's make the chart!

Across the top write the name of each color. You may also just color each box a different color you used instead of writing the name. Just as long as you know which numbers go with which colors. Your chart should look something like this...



It's time to tell what you've noticed. Write a report about what you saw.

You should include...

1. What you guessed about the colors.
2. What you did with the colors.
3. Which color was the warmest.
4. If your guess was correct about the colors.

Be careful to obey all the school rules for your science fair report. Three or four sentences will do if you weren't given how long it should be.

Presentation

Now you get to make the display!

Carefully put three pieces of cardboard together so it looks like this...

Display!



If you want more information about displays click here.


You can also buy displays at many retail stores as well. However you do it, make sure you follow science fair rules!

Now, on a piece of paper neatly write your important question and your guess. If you would like, type it. You might get style points!

Now, just like you did your important question, write (or type) your supply (stuff) list on a separate piece of paper.

Paste your guess, supply list and report onto your display board along with any pictures you might have taken. Make sure you label each so the judges know what is what. Making sure everything looks good is important!

If you want to get some ideas for your display we have some examples for you. Just click here for examples of kindergarten science fair project idea displays.

Try playing with some of the displays for your kindergarten science fair project idea. You don't have to use the exact ones we use. Make them fun! Be creative!

And don't forget to name your project at the top of the display board. You may want to use your important question as the title. You may want to purchase stencils to make cutouts of letters. Or you may purchase already made letters. These can be found at many retail stores.

Whatever you do, have fun with this kindergarten science fair project idea!

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