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!

By |2010-11-03T14:41:45+00:00November 3rd, 2010|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Jennifer November 3, 2010 at 3:06 pm - Reply

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

    • Deborah J. Stewart November 3, 2010 at 3:09 pm - Reply

      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!

  2. Cheryl Golangco November 3, 2010 at 6:03 pm - Reply

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

  3. jess November 3, 2010 at 8:03 pm - Reply

    Great idea!!

  4. Little Wonders' Days November 4, 2010 at 2:06 pm - Reply

    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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