I was surprised to discover when we were making fall cookies that Anna couldn’t tell me what colors need to be mixed to make orange. It’s funny what her brain retains and what it lets go. Enter real ziplock bags – an amazing invention that can withstand mangling of a young child without breaking or seeping paint. Same cannot be said about the bags pretending to be ziplock bags. I asked Anna to predict what she has to do to make orange, purple and green. She was right only on green. She “reasoned” purple later after discovering that her initial prediction of red and yellow was incorrect. Yes, she was very surprised when she made orange in her second bag and not purple. She also wanted to make pink and after some thinking was able to predict that it will be the result of mixing white and red. This activity gave us another opportunity to talk about primary colors and how they mix to make all the other colors except white. Then of course we opened up the bags and painted. The most colorful painting was on Anna’s hands. When she paints, she usually prefers to stay in the same color on the page and just observe the color. Incidentally she discovered splatter painting while cleaning her brush, and I told her briefly about famous American artist (Jackson Pollock) who was famous for creating huge canvases with drips and splashes of paint. I didn’t want to create a huge mess in the kitchen, so we might do an additional drip painting project outside. This splatter painting project from Pink and Green Mama is very inspirational. We might also make more “painting in the bag” using this marbled painting technique from brilliant Valerie at Frugal Family Fun.
I am linking this post to Kids Get Crafty hosted by Red Ted Art and to Artists and Art hosted by Adventures of Bear.