Having fun with a little blue and yellow in preschool

After reading the story, “Little Blue and Little Yellow” by Leo Lionni we did a little blue and yellow color mixing of our own…

We have been exploring balls and so we combined our reading with a little blue and yellow ball painting…

Each of the children started out by putting their paper in the box and then adding some blue and yellow paint on their paper…

Once each child added a little yellow and blue paint to their paper, I invited them to throw a few balls into the box…

It was fun watching the children as they worked together to get the balls moving in the box.  I generally had to get them started by showing them how to take turns making the box go up and down or side to side…

Some of the children really got the hang of this as we went along…

And in the end, we had some beautiful blue and yellow (with a little bit of green) artwork…

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By |2017-07-11T16:11:59+00:00September 19th, 2011|

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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. Joan September 19, 2011 at 8:15 am - Reply

    Good morning Deborah,

    Love the group effort and using balls – can’t wait to try it! I usually have one child at a time doing this with marbles in a computer paper box that has handles. Loads more fun to work together and see how many balls or marbles escape onto the floor ! YIKES!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. September 19, 2011 at 10:58 am - Reply

      Haha – once the children got the hang of working together to get the box tilting different directions, they loved it!

  2. Vanessa @Pre-K Pages September 19, 2011 at 10:28 am - Reply

    I love Little Blue & Little Yellow! Aren’t balls and boxes the best? You are living the dream and doing a great job at it my friend! Keep up the “fun work” 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. September 19, 2011 at 10:56 am - Reply

      Haha – Thank you Vanessa – you made me smile this morning:)

  3. Esther September 19, 2011 at 10:57 am - Reply

    I came to know about the book from Mom 2 posh divas blog. It sounds like an interesting book! So sad we have not tried the box and ball painting thinking its messy!
    It sounds interesting, we have to give it a try!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. September 19, 2011 at 10:58 am - Reply

      It wasn’t all that messy to tell you the truth! It was more fun then mess:)

  4. Andrea September 19, 2011 at 2:41 pm - Reply

    I love that book! We’re going to do this to decorate leaf cutouts next month – I can’t wait!

    When I read the book last year, I took a ziploc bag of shaving cream and added blue food colouring and yellow food colouring. Then we squished the bag until the colours mixed to see what would happen. The kids loved it!

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