Preschoolers love to mix colors. The experience of watching two colors become a new color feels like magic, and is a great way to learn about color. We have been talking about the primary colors: red, yellow, and blue. They are the beginning of our color mixing vocabulary, because they can be combined to make the secondary colors and beyond.
One morning I set out a variety of supplies in the primary color group, and students enjoyed combining stickers, tape, dot markers and other items to create bright compositions. The color combo also started showing up in paintings on the easels.
We practiced color mixing on the light table (while it was covered with a clear plastic shower curtain). While this experience was all about the process and tactile experience of squeezing out paint and blending colors, some students decided to place a paper on top of their creation and make a mono-print.
We also explored primary color mixing with liquid watercolors. Their rich, bright pigments are satisfying, and especially fun to add to the watercolor paper with liquid droppers. I love to see the results all together!