I usually let the girl choose all the books we bring home from the library, but on a recent trip (in which we brought home 17!) I slipped in a couple I thought she would particularly enjoy.
Mix it Up! is all about color mixing, so you start by forming the secondary colors with the primary colors, learn about adding white and black to colors and other fun stuff.
After reading the book a couple of times, I suggested to the girl that it might be fun to try the different experiments pictured in the book and see what happens.
What You’ll Need
To do this yourself, you’ll need paint in the following colors:
You’ll also probably want a paintbrush or two (we started with fingers and ended up using a brush), a pallet or something else that will hold lots of colors of paint, and lots of paper.
What You’ll Do
We literally just worked through the book, talking about what should happen but didn’t always (the ones where you smash two colors together weren’t always successful in mixing the colors, but still looked pretty cool).
I loved that she strayed from the book a little bit, first adding white to the colors and then painting black over the top instead of starting with fresh colors. She saw that they all made gray, but they all looked different, which is a great lesson.
Expanding the Knowledge
What was also really cool was that the next day when she was painting she decided she wanted to make pink out of red and white even though she has pink paint. So she clearly learned something and is applying that knowledge to her art, which is great.
Color mixing is a lot of fun, and if you want to expand playing with the book ever further, here are some more great activities to try:
- Buggy and Buddy played with color mixing and named their new colors (there’s a printable there if you want to try this one yourself).
- Playing by the Book used the dots and hands at the beginning of the book to make really cool handprint art. This one would be amazing for a classroom!
- Mama Papa Bubba used the book to make Color Theory Ornaments with mixed up colors and using air dry clay.
- Homegrown Friends made salt dough handprint ornaments, which are also really cute.
- And Sugar Ants did lots of cute activities with the book, including playing with colored sand and making fingerprint candle holders out of mason jars.
If you check out this book I’d love to hear how you play with it!