Blue and yellow make…what DOES blue and yellow make? Instead of just answering the kids questions today, let’s have a little tasty snack color mixing lesson that is so much fun they will never look at colors quite the same!

yellow plus blue snack for kids - Kids Activities Blog
Let’s celebrate that yellow + blue = green with this yummy snack activity!

Yellow And Blue Make…

In this fun snack time lesson, combine vanilla pudding with M&M candies for green goodness kids will love! This is such a fun way for a younger toddlers or preschoolers to learn about colors and color mixing.

Yellow Color Day + Blue Color Day = Green Color Day!

When we first started learning our colors, my kids and I had color days. 

  • Each color day was devoted to learning all about the specific color and finding items in the house and while we were out that matched that color.
  • For instance, yellow color day would be filled with finding yellow items, identifying yellow parts of things and making yellow food. 
  • Blue color day was the same.
  • And then I started planning a St. Patricks Day lesson and realized that we needed to combine yellow color day and blue color day to celebrate the ultimate green color day, St. Patrick’s Day. 

Obviously, you can use this celebration of the color green on any day of the year!

My kids love this easy color mixing snack because they like watching the colors change right before their eyes while mixing it with a spoon.

Simple Color Mixing Science Experiment for Kids

As a parent, you’ll love it too because your kids are learning about basic art principles  and science experimentation all in a yummy snack. Before adding the candy, you can encourage your kids to predict what will happen. For example, you might ask:

  1. “What will happen to the color of the pudding if we put blue candies into it?”
  2. “What do you think the pudding will look like if we mix in yellow and blue candies together?”

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How to Make the Color Mixing Snack Experiment

Ingredients Needed – Color Mixing Snack

yellow and blue make green snack idea - four vanilla pudding cups shown with candies in bowls of blue yellow and green
What do yellow and blue make? Let’s find out!
  • Vanilla or coconut pudding, plain yogurt, a milkshake, even light colored applesauce
  • M&M candies (we used blue, yellow, and green)
  • Small bowls
  • Spoons

Instructions – Color Mixing Snack

Step 1

First, sort the M&Ms by color (blue, yellow, green). My youngest son had fun putting them into separate small bowls.

yellow and blue make green snack idea - showing first step of color mixing snack experiment for kids
The first step is to separate the candies into colors.

Step 2

Next, take a pudding cup and remove the package seal. This is where you can ask experimentation questions and make theories before you start adding the M&Ms.

Step 3

Then add equal amounts of blue and yellow M&M candies to the pudding cup.

color mixing snack steps - next add the colored candies to the pudding cup and make a prediction
Add the colored candies to the pudding & state your prediction.

We used six blue candies and six yellow candies. They can add more blue and yellow or green M&Ms to intensify the color.

Step 4

Stir in the colored candy and have the child test their theory. 

Guess what?

Yellow and blue really do make green!

color mixing snack steps - stir colors together until the combined color appears...GREEN!
Look! Yellow and blue really do make green!

Step 5

Finally, eat your science and art project! YUMMY!

More Color Mixing Snack Experiments

Your kids may want to try other color combinations.

Your kids will now know that yellow and blue make green…why not show them that red and yellow make orange, and blue and red make violet?

Before you know it, an entire rainbow of pudding colors may appear!

Green pudding color mixing snack for kids to learn color combinations - art & science steps shown in pictures
After all that, we really could call this the green pudding experiment!

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If you decide to do this edible activity with your kids, we would love to hear about your results in the comments below.  Did you stick with the yellow and blue combination?

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  1. I did this today in my preschool class, and it was a hit! I wasn’t quite sure how long the candy would take to melt in the cold pudding, but it was almost instant! My kids thought it was fabulous. Thanks for this great idea!

  2. I LOVE this idea! I guess I’m going to have to pick up some m&ms this week!
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