Friday, February 17, 2012

Mouse Paint

Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh makes learning about primary and secondary colors almost as much as fun as actually painting with them! That's one reason why it has stood the test of time.
In her story, three white mice happen upon some jars of paint. They experiment and play, discovering what happens when colors mix. They even clean up, washing off in the cat's water bowl.

The simple text and brightly colored illustrations make this as popular a read aloud today as it has been for over 20 years. Timeless and endearing. Share with a young artist today!

Art Extension Idea:
Color Mixing (of course)
Materials: fingerpaints or tempura paints, paper, brushes, water, and towels for cleanup
Procedure: Place small amounts of two primary colors (red and yellow) of paint onto the paper. Allow children to move the paint around using fingers or brushes. Watch as the colors begin to mix together. Talk about what is happening. Ask your child to describe the colors they see.
Repeat this procedure with another pairing of primary colors (red and blue). You can follow the sequence in the book, drawing your child's attention back to the story.
Let your child experiment until they have exhausted all the possibilities or their fine motor muscles.
Display their artistic work proudly!

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