Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Color Mixing Lesson for Kids {Halloween Craft}

Baby bookworm and I had some fun recently learning about primary colors and color mixing - and we put a little holiday Halloween spin on it.

First we read two cute books about colors and color mixing (click on images for more info from Amazon).

Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh

Warthogs Paint: A Messy Color Book by Pamela Duncan Edwards

Both books showcase the primary colors, and what happens when cute animals get a little messy and mix things up!

After reading both of these books we did a color mixing experiment of our own. Take a look at our Halloween Color Mixing Craft:

What you'll need:

1. Blue, red, and yellow paints in squeeze bottles
2. 4 plastic baggies
3. Thick white paper and a pair of scissors to cut it into shapes of Halloween objects (we did witches, Frankensteins, spiders, pumpkins, monsters, and apples).

We added a small amount of paint to each baggie. Here we
added blue and yellow.

Then I sealed the baggie shut and let baby bookworm shake the
bag, and mix the colors all up to get a nice green.
We added one of our Halloween shapes to the bag - here we
are "painting" a witch!
We also mixed orange paint for pumpkins, purple paint for spiders
and monsters, and brown paint for rotten apples. Here they
are drying before adding the final touches.

We decorated our objects with markers and googly eyes.

Then we hung them from our sky lights to add a little
Halloween spirit to our playroom!

Remember, books are a great place to spark a child's interest - but there's nothing better than seeing, experimenting, and discovering with your own senses!  Enjoy.

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