This is a great story and simple activity with a powerful way for children to learn colors. The story “Mouse Paint” is about three mice who jump into paint. The fun is when they jump from one color to another and realize what colors mixed together make another color! It’s a very fun way for children to learn colors, and mixing colors. This activity is very simple. You will need the following three items:
- An ice-cube tray, muffin tray, or a plastic recycled egg carton.
- Food Coloring.
- An eye dropper. If you do not have an eye dropper sometimes children’s medicine comes with a dropper. When the medicine is finished wash the eye dropper and this can be used as an eye dropper. An Eye dropper can also be found at a teacher’s store or online.
Squeezing an eye dropper is a skill that children need to learn in these early years. It is a great fine motor activity.
Fill your tray with water and food color, leaving some sections of water clear. Let the children experiment with mixing colors on their own. Ask open-ended questions such as ” I wonder what will happen when…” Let them make the discoveries themselves. The best part is children are learning by discovery, making these connections themselves. You can tell children that red and blue make purple, but they learn by much more meaningful connections. Making these discoveries themselves is so much more empowering as they learn through play and hands on learning.
“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.” ~Confucius