Mouse Paint Book by Ellen Stoll Walsh
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Mixing Colors with the Mouse Paint Book


Mouse Paint Book by Ellen Stoll Walsh

I recently checked the Mouse Paint book by Ellen Stoll Walsh out of the library (and liked it so much I bought it!). It’s a simple and fun picture book about three mice who find some paint and learn about mixing colors.

The red mouse stepped into a yellow puddle and did a little dance. His red feet stirred the yellow puddle until…

The Mouse Paint Book interior pages

‘Look,’ he cried. ‘Red feet in a yellow puddle make orange!’

The illustrations are made with paper collage and are bold and effective. Maia and I have both been enjoying this book.

Mixing Colors with Kids

I wanted to try some color mixing activities with my daughter and used Mouse Paint as a starting point.

She often mixes colors on paper (and in the paint bowls) when she’s painting, but the haphazard color mixing usually ends up a muddy brown.

Here are some more specific color mixing projects::

5 Color Mixing Activities for Kids

5 color mixing activities for kids

Rainbow in a Bag Color Mixing Experiment

You could try this rainbow in a bag color mixing experiment that we’ve had great success with.

Cotton Ball Easel Painting Inspired by Mouse Paint

Or do cotton ball easel painting inspired by Mouse Paint (over at Pink and Green Mama).

First Palette Color Mixing in an Ice Cube Tray

You can also fill an ice cube tray with water and give your child a dropper and some food coloring to experiment with color mixing.

Color Mixing for Kids

Or read this lesson in mixing colors for kids by Amy Broadmoore (inspired by another kids’ book, Color Dance).

Handprint Color Mixing

Or do handprint color mixing as Teach Preschool did.

Any other color mixing activity suggestions that would go well with the Mouse Paint book?

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    Mommy Bee
    February 22, 2008 at 8:49 am

    We love that book, too!

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    February 22, 2008 at 10:02 am

    Another thing we’ve done a few times in summer is that I freeze different colour ice cubes and then add blue and yellow ones to water, for example, and as they melt the new colour emerges. Easy.

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    February 22, 2008 at 7:00 am

    layer tissue paper (wet or not)
    colored glue (food coloring)
    I used to make up spray bottles and squeeze bottles of different colored water (food coloring) and let my kid mix in her water table, the tub, spraying on big sheets of paper taped up outside
    colored translucent plastic like you get on the outside of an easter basket? if you get any of that, hang onto it. playing around w/multiple colors is fun. HTH

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    February 22, 2008 at 7:01 am

    mouse count is cute too

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    February 23, 2008 at 2:42 am

    Love your blog! Great ideas w/ the tissue paper ice cubes too!

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    October 14, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    another fun and yummy activity to do with children is to mix two primary food colors: red, yellow, or blue, into an indivividual size vanilla pudding snack. they don’t don’t only see the creation of the new color, but get to eat it too.

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