Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Mouse Paint Little Blue and Little Yellow

We are participating in StArt at A Mommy’s Adventures again. This week we read two books about color mixing that were on my library list for a while. Finally, they both happened to be available at the same time. Anna enjoyed Mouse Paint a lot more, probably because it didn’t involve any crying.

I thought it would be a good opportunity to finally try Sep21_ColorMixing1 some scientific color mixing combined with painting. I set her outside with four plastic glasses. The first three had red, yellow and blue food coloring mixed in water, and the last one had clear water. I gave her a medicine dropper and was hoping to get some color mixing done. The moment Anna saw a medicine dropper, she informed me that all her farm animals are very sick and need some medicine. Then she spent good 30 minutes dropping colored water on them. After some prompting she finally turned to color mixing but despite reading all those books was not able to predict what will happen when she mixes blue and yellow water. She was quite surprised when the water turned green. She never acted surprised before when  we did the same with paint. I guess in her mind paint and colored water have different properties.

Sep21_ColorMixing2I also saw this neat coffee filter fall craft at No Time For Flashcards and wanted to color a few filters for it. Anna was happy to oblige, but I learned that the water solution definitely needs to be more concentrated. Our colored water looked great in the glasses, but the color was barely visible on coffee filters. Since Anna liked the whole project so much, we will probably try it again at some point with less water and more food coloring.

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10 comments:

Eva said...

My daughter also really enjoyed mouse paint :) We borrowed it from the library in a storytelling kit and it came along with the different coloured stuffed toy mice as well. Thanks for sharing this, I'll definitely check out stArt

Susana said...

We love both of these books!! I actually have a color mixing project ready for Little Blue, Little Yellow when we begin school again for the letter "Yy":-).

I love her take on the medicine dropper:-) for her animals, and glad she ended up color mixing too!

Ticia said...

I love the story with the medicine dropper. I can totally see that happening.
This reminds me I need to get some dropper art done. I bought droppers for just this purpose.

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

Oh Anna, you are always so full of your own ideas! Your mama must be a very patient woman. :) I am just wondering how you are going to get the colored water out of the stuffed animals (or maybe it didn't show up to badly?). It's great that she was surprised by the green water. I definitely think when they discover something in that way it sticks in their heads a little better. We have read Mouse Paint and we have Little Blue and Little Yellow on hold for us at our library (thanks to Selena's grandmama at Whisperingwhispers). I'm not sure I'm looking forward to it now because M is the same way about books that have any kind of crying or sadness in them. Oh well, we'll see! Thanks for sharing this!

April said...

That is so cute how she was concerned for the sick farm animals!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Thanks for sharing - those are two books we haven't tried - but we love color mixing.

Did Anna give different colors of water to different animals?

Christy said...

We own both of those books and LOVE color mixing. R's color mixing usually ends up brown but she always starts with good intentions.

Michelle said...

She is so cute...I love that she gave medicine to her animals when she saw the droppers. I love these books this was a great project to go with them. Thanks for linking up!

whisperingwhispers said...

Isn't just wonderful when they get surprised when doing something like this. I think it is amazing sometimes how their little minds work, to not make the association with the colored water and her paints! Great idea, I will have to try that with Selena sometime.

Nadia@FunWithMama said...

wow she had great concentration..30 minutes for a child is a lot... i'd love to try the color mixing I jsut thought maybe deen is too young? but.. ya never know till you try..