The Mixed up Chameleon by Eric Carle, is a great book to explain color mixing to kids. If you have never read it I would suggest picking it up. It has quickly become a classic about a chameleon who turns into different animals. The art project that followed was fun for the parents and the kids. No mess and easy to replicate at home.
For this example the parents drew the chameleon on the sandwich bag and then we added approximately 1 tablespoon of blue paint and about 1 1/2 tablespoons of yellow paint. Seal the bag, and you can even use tape on the seal to ensure it stays closed.
Allow the kids to use there hands to mix the paint around without making a mess. Not only do they learn about color mixing, but the bag feels really neat with the paint inside and lends to a great sensory experience also.
Another great mix is Red and Blue to make purple. We would just draw the Walrus on the bag. The giraffe could also be done by mixing Red and yellow to create Orange.
I do stick with the Primary colors for this craft. When you are explaining the color wheel, use the term “primary” to get them used to understanding appropriate art phrases. You can even draw out the color wheel, so they can see all the primary colors. This will make it less confusing when you add secondary colors and your color wheel expands.
Enjoy this craft, and I can’t wait to see what you create!
The Mixed Up Chameleon book
Crayola finger paint
A Halloween playgroup calls for some spooky fun. Luckily it’s not too scary, but a lot of fun.
We read the book The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carl. Eric Carl’s books are some of my favorite. They add lots of color along with basic shapes for great images. This specific book was a 2nd reader book.
After we read we headed to the tables to make our own spider craft. Parents had the opportunity to draw spider webs with a Sharpie. The older kids also did the spider webs. We all used the stamp spiders.
Let me explain this is not a perfect spider. As one, I don’t believe in perfect and two were focusing on having fun and learning at the same time.
I took toilet paper rolls and cut four legs in each side then cut the “body” portion in the middle. A paper plate and Crayola black washable paint and viola!
I decided to give the kids googly eyes as well, because everyone loves google eyes!
You can also draw a spider if you don’t want to do the paint. A simple oval, eight legs and a smile for a not so scary spider. Let the kids decide what color they want or how many eyes or legs to give the spider. We want them to use their imagination.
I would love to see what you create with these!
- The very busy spider book
Crayola Black watercolor paint
- Google Craft eyes
- Elmers Glue
- Empty toilet paper or paper towel rolls