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I’m all for mixing new colors. I spent years teaching children’s art programs at a museum. In the studio we never, ever, ever, ever gave the kids anything to paint with other than the primaries and white. Taking away the rainbow makes your child problem-solve and think about how she can make those purple butterfly wings when she only has red, blue and yellow.
This art activity lets your child mix away in a totally random way. She needs to think about which colors she’s using, and then use her fine motor skills to mix and mash them up! The result? Rainbow swirled paper that she can use later on for other artsy adventures.
Here’s What You’ll Need:
· White card stock paper – Your child can use construction paper, but the thicker stock stands up better to the paint.
· Tempera paint – Red, yellow, blue and white.
· Plastic baggies
· Optional: Glitter—Who doesn’t love a special sparkle?
Here’s What to Do:
1. Pour a few dollops of at least two paint colors into a bag. Go over the art vocabulary, giving your child the word “primary” for the red, yellow and blue and “secondary” for the orange, purple and green. Your child may opt to add three or all four colors into a bag.
2. Repeat to make a few more baggies of paint.
3. Tear paper shapes.
4. Add the shapes to the paint bags.
5. Close up the bags by pressing or twisting them shut.
6. Mush, mash and squish the bags. Isn’t it fun? Add some glitter if your child wants.
7. Open the bags and pull out the painted paper shapes.
8. Set the paper aside to dry before using it in another craft.
When the paper is dry your child can glue it down onto a piece of cardboard to make a collage or even use it in a paper mache project!
Add in a book to the activity. Check out some of these colorful titles:
My Many Colored Days, by Dr. Seuss
Little Yellow, Little Blue, by Leo Lionni
Mouse Paint, by Ellen Stoll Walsh
Andy Warhol’s Colors, by Susan Goldman Rubin
Planting a Rainbow, by Lois Ehlert
Are you looking for more creative kids’ crafts? Follow my Pinterest board for ideas.