It’s week three of the awesome Preschool Book Club Series I am a part of and I am so excited about this round. Have you read Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni? It is the sweetest, cutest book. I just love it. Little blue and little yellow are best friends. They get together and I’m sure you can guess what happens if you haven’t read the book. You got it. They make green! My girls are very into color. If it’s not purple, blue or pink, Gigi’s not interested. Diana requests everything in green, though I’m not sure she knows what green is yet because the “green” cup she insisted on this morning was red. But hey, we’ll play along. Anyway, I set up a sensory color mixing invitation to play using yellow and green shaving cream paint and my girls loved it! I can’t wait to do this with more colors because if it’s one thing they know now, it’s yellow and blue make green.
My set up was really simple. I put out one blue cup filled with shaving cream and blue food coloring and one yellow cup with shaving cream and yellow food coloring. I use food coloring for everything. Shaving cream paint and yogurt paint our staples in our home. Along with the shaving cream paint, I added our favorite rollers from Discount School Supply and a few paint rollers I found on Amazon. Rollers are also favorite art supplies around here. Kids love them. I had a few pieces of water color paper spread out on the table, a few paintbrushes and two spoons. The rest was up to them and man, did they get creative.
Gigi loved scooping blobs of both paints onto the paper and mixing it with the paint brushes. She noticed the green color right away and was so excited. Diana kept saying “green, green,” and loved mixing the paint with her hands and the rollers. I set up a water bucket close to our art table. Every time D’s hands got dirty she went over and washed them. I know I’ve said this a million times. If you are outside and the weather is nice, add a water bucket to messy play. It will extend the activity tenfold.
This was an awesome literacy extension that kept my girls engaged and busy for at least an hour. They loved it. I can’t wait for our next color combo. To check out our Preschool Book Club and read more great extensions of Leo Lionni’s great book Little Blue and Little Yellow, I encourage you to click on the links below.
Kool Aid Puffy Paint by SugarAunts
Color Changing Rose Experiment by Homegrown Friends
Little Blue Little Yellow Kid Made Cookies by Buggy and Buddy
Color Mixing Gel Bags by Mama.Papa.Bubba.
Color Mixing Activity for Kids by Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails
We love shaving cream paint! This is such a great idea for color mixing. Just love it.
Thanks Jaime! I can’t get over how much my girls loved this. So much fun!
Oh these photographs are breathtaking and perfectly represent process art at its best! I’ve never put food coloring in shaving cream before. Can’t wait to try!
Thank you so much Meredith!!! You have to give it a try. It’s so much fun. I want to do this for every color!
So lovely, Meri! I giggled aloud when I read that Diana’s beloved ‘green’ cup was red – too funny!
Thank you Jen! Kids are so funny. I hear a lot of GREEN GREEN GREEN in my house and practically everything is pink : )
How super fun!!! I just love how immersed they were in the play and learning! And, as usual, your photos are gorgeous!! (I’m off to find those rollers online~ I have roller envy!) 🙂
Ha! We LOOOVE our roller collection. They are from Discount School Supply. I have to put a link in the post. Thanks for all the love!
What a fun activity! Never used shaving cream in particular but will try with my toddler. She loves getting her hands messy! Great pictures and post! Thanks!
Thank you so much! Shaving cream paint is so great! We use it all the time. The consistency is really enticing. My girls love it and it looks so pretty!
Oh I love that little spiky ball roller!
Shaving cream is the most fun isn’t it!
We got those rollers at Discount School Supply Kate. They are awesome! Thanks for stopping by. So nice to see your name pop up here. I LOVE your ideas!!!
This is the perfect activity for this book – or maybe that’s just because my daughter is such a shaving cream play fun! lol!
Shaving cream is the BEST! Totally with you Emma.
This book was a favorite of mine when I was teaching preschool, so glad to see it’s still being enjoyed! I’ll be sharing this on The Crafty Crow soon!
Terrific! Thanks Cassi. I just learned of this book. What a sweet story!