Easel Activities #1

Shades of Color

Discovering that mixing every color of paint will make brown is something every toddler should and will experience. However,  limiting the color options can show your child other possibilities.

One way to limit color choices is through shades. Mix three shades of the same color (ex. green, yellow green, olive green) for your child to paint with. You can also have your child mix their own shades of a color. Start with three containers of your base color, then allow your child to squeeze in black or white to change the shade.

As your child paints and mixes you can compare the shades they have created to shades your child may see in real-life, for example, “This blue looks like the sky, what does this blue look like?” 

What other ways can you limit color choices while keeping the project open-ended?

Tomorrow I will announce the winner of the “Mudworks” book.

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3 Responses to “Easel Activities #1”

  1. Welcome To Our Wonderland Says:

    great stuff we love color mixing.

    we made some cute puffy paint peep prints and sugar paint texture peeps today: http://throughtheeyesofchildren.wordpress.com/2010/04/01/peep-into-our-day/

  2. julia Says:

    I like the idea of using shades of a color!

  3. Alissa Says:

    Great easel post. Liam loves adding the white and black to make his own shades.

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