Simple idea for mixing paint colors in preschool

Simple idea for mixing paint colors in preschool

This simple color mixing idea came from ABC’s of Jess’s House and I thought it was so cute that I shared it with our teachers and we gave it a try!

To start out, gather some plastic zip-lock baggies and two colors of paint you want your children to mix up!

Use a permanent marker to draw a shape on the baggie. We went with pumpkins but you could try turkeys, leaves, or really just about any shape that works for you will do! Then we placed a spoonful of each color in our bags…

Next, close the baggy securely and let the child begin to mix.  We had all kind of mixing going on!  Some of the children used their hands to push the paint around…

Others liked using their fingers to draw on the baggies and slowly blend the paint colors together…

And then we had those who just wanted to scrunch it all up and really get the colors good and mixed up…

I thought for sure that baggie would pop and paint would go flying but it didn’t! No matter which way they mixed the paint, we encouraged them to finish by laying the baggie flat on the table, smoothing it out, and seeing what new color their pumpkin turned out to be!


  • Jennifer Posted November 3, 2010 3:06 pm

    Awesome idea! Especially for little ones, like mine, who don’t like to get their hands dirty! Thanks for sharing!

  • Deborah J. Stewart Posted November 3, 2010 3:09 pm

    Yes – we have lots of kids that don’t like to get their hands dirty and every one was happy to give this a try!

  • Cheryl Golangco Posted November 3, 2010 6:03 pm

    Wonderful!! Such a simple idea turned into an amazing work of art! Will definitely give this a go!

  • jess Posted November 3, 2010 8:03 pm

    Great idea!!

  • Little Wonders’ Days Posted November 4, 2010 2:06 pm

    Fun idea! I’ve seen this idea for paint mixing before, but not with the added touch of a jack-o-lantern.

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