Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Color Mixing

Last week I worked some with Asa on color mixing. We did a little 'experiment' that I've wanted to do for a while. Mixing ice cubes. Drop of food coloring, some water, and a freezer....voila! Pretty little ice cubes (and a stained ice cube tray lol). We put the different color combinations in the glasses and made predictions on the color outcome. (Don't you just LOVE our 50s wallpaper??)
Purple, orange, and green. Asa got one :)
So that was it, the experiment was over. I wasn't satisfied with his knowledge of secondary colors. Enter a lovely little book called Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh (I'm sure most of us have read this cute little book 12 times or more). I had Asa paint a mouse for every color while we were reading (coloring page found online). I only gave him red, yellow, and blue paint so he had to mix the secondary colors just like in the book.
I then cut out, laminated, and velcroized (oh's a word) the mice. Set them out with the book by our felt board and presto (I must be into magic today....) a felt board/book activity.
This is how I've found him a couple times last week. I love that he can be really independent with this AND he's hopefully learning something. I really like putting activities with books like this. It's what helps the book come to life and be memorable. I also love the story telling possibilities. I also like how he helped make it.
He has enjoyed this so much that I plan on doing it with White Rabbit's color book (another one we've probably all read a dozen plus times). Happy blogging!


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  1. Good ideas. I plan to do a lesson on this book this year. I found a cute page to go with it too on teachers pay teachers for free.

  2. Oh my! I ADORE this idea! Brilliant - colour theory AND a bit of magic.. wonderful and fun. My son would adore it!

    Thanks, as always, for linking up at Kids Get Crafty!!


  3. PS posted it on Facebook for you :-)

  4. Hi there! I am a guest blogger for, and I am writing a blog about fun summer activities to do with kids. I am wondering if you would mind if I included a picture of your ice cube color mixing activity? Of course I would put a link to your blog under the picture and give you the credit.
    Thanks so much! =)

  5. You've used the Red-Yellow-Blue set of primary colours, which is a bit of a relic in terms of colour theory, invented many centuries ago. This is why your secondary colours came out as green, brown and (very slightly orangey) red. A better set to use would be cyan, magenta, yellow (i.e. the subtractive primary colours), which mix to make red, green, blue (additive primaries). Conversly, if you have lights of each of the additive colours, you can mix & match their beams to create the subrative colours.