Little Blue and Little Yellow Paint Mixing for Toddlers | Meri Cherry BlogIt’s week three of the awesome Preschool Book Club Series I am a part of and I am so excited about this round.  Have you read Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni?  It is the sweetest, cutest book.  I just love it.  Little blue and little yellow are best friends.  They get together and I’m sure you can guess what happens if you haven’t read the book.  You got it.  They make green! My girls are very into color.  If it’s not purple, blue or pink, Gigi’s not interested.  Diana requests everything in green, though I’m not sure she knows what green is yet because the “green” cup she insisted on this morning was red.  But hey, we’ll play along.  Anyway, I set up a sensory color mixing invitation to play using yellow and green shaving cream paint and my girls loved it! I can’t wait to do this with more colors because if it’s one thing they know now, it’s yellow and blue make green.

Little Blue and Little Yellow Paint Mixing for Toddlers | Meri Cherry BlogLittle Blue and Little Yellow Paint Mixing for Toddlers | Meri Cherry BlogLittle Blue and Little Yellow Paint Mixing for Toddlers | Meri Cherry BlogMy set up was really simple.  I put out one blue cup filled with shaving cream and blue food coloring and one yellow cup with shaving cream and yellow food coloring.  I use food coloring for everything.  Shaving cream paint and yogurt paint our staples in our home.  Along with the shaving cream paint, I added our favorite rollers from Discount School Supply and a few paint rollers I found on Amazon.  Rollers are also favorite art supplies around here.  Kids love them.  I had a few pieces of water color paper spread out on the table, a few paintbrushes and two spoons.  The rest was up to them and man, did they get creative.

Little Blue and Little Yellow Paint Mixing for Toddlers | Meri Cherry BlogLittle Blue and Little Yellow Paint Mixing for Toddlers | Meri Cherry BlogGigi loved scooping blobs of both paints onto the paper and mixing it with the paint brushes.  She noticed the green color right away and was so excited.  Diana kept saying “green, green,” and loved mixing the paint with her hands and the rollers.  I set up a water bucket close to our art table.  Every time D’s hands got dirty she went over and washed them.  I know I’ve said this a million times.  If you are outside and the weather is nice, add a water bucket to messy play.  It will extend the activity tenfold.

Little Blue and Little Yellow Paint Mixing for Toddlers | Meri Cherry BlogLittle Blue and Little Yellow Paint Mixing for Toddlers | Meri Cherry BlogLittle Blue and Little Yellow Paint Mixing for Toddlers | Meri Cherry BlogLittle Blue and Little Yellow Paint Mixing for Toddlers | Meri Cherry BlogThis was an awesome literacy extension that kept my girls engaged and busy for at least an hour.  They loved it.  I can’t wait for our next color combo.  To check out our Preschool Book Club and read more great extensions of Leo Lionni’s great book Little Blue and Little Yellow, I encourage you to click on the links below.

Kool Aid Puffy Paint by SugarAunts

Color Changing Rose Experiment by Homegrown Friends

Little Blue Little Yellow Kid Made Cookies by Buggy and Buddy

Color Mixing Gel Bags by Mama.Papa.Bubba.

Color Mixing Activity for Kids by Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails

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