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My youngest daughter got the book, Mix It Up, by Herve Tullet for Christmas last year along with a Melissa and Doug art kit. It was an awesome gift though she was kind of young to "get it." Both girls loved reading the book throughout the year. It is is all about mixing colors but it is interactive and has you tap on the pages and shake the book and squish the pages together to make you think you are actually mixing the colors. The girls love it and I knew I wanted to include it in our color and shape unit. I wanted K, my oldest, to practice mixing the colors. I figured M, the almost two year old, could have fun just painting and mixing colors in her own way. Since it was a beautiful day our, I decided we should paint outside. Sorry for the crazy shadows in these pictures. I tried to avoid them as much as possible but it was SUNNY and hard to find an angle that didn't create a shadow.
We started at the beginning of the book and went through mixing the colors like they did and then we would turn the page to see if our results matched. We started with yellow, blue and red and mixing different combinations of those colors. Our paint didn't do a fabulous job of mixing and ended up brown pretty fast but K still got the idea.
For more ideas for teaching colors and shapes, click HERE for my Preschool Mini Unit.