Colour mixing on canvas

Mar 23, 2012

What better way to learn about colours then to make them yourself?

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Here I provided 2 Primary colours (red and blue) and a shade (white) along with a small canvas and said, "Go for it!"

 Squeezing out paint requires a lot of concentration. We're practicing our hand-eye coordination at the moment. "It's coming out squiggly, Mummy" Also developing language.

 No better way to mix paints than with your hands. A tactile experience, and did we mention, fun!

 "My hands are purple like my canvas"

 "Some bits are blue, some bits are red and some bits are purple. I can't see any white!"

How to remove some of the excess paint off our hands? Purple hand printing!

Some tips:

- Simplify this activity by only providing 2 Primary Colours and leave the shade out

- Extend this activity by providing all 3 Primary Colours and have your child experiment till they make the chosen colour (eg, Purple)

- Ask questions to help connect their understanding eg. "How did you make purple?" "Which colours did you start with? What did the white do? etc

- Listen to your child talk as they go through their experiences. This will help you determine where they are at with their learning, knowledge and understanding and help you to develop the activity (or future activities) to their level and interests.

Debs :)