Mixing Colours with Mixed by Arree Chung

Mixing Colours with Mixed by Arree Chung

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This is a really sweet idea for early learners, pre-schoolers and kindergarteners to explore mixing colours while developing their fine motor skills.

Mixing colours using the book by Arree Chung as a guide was a real pleasure and Harry learned a lot from the experience.  This is a really sweet idea for early learners, pre-schoolers and kindergarteners to explore mixing colours while developing their fine motor skills.


Equipment List

The book Mixed by Arree Chung
Graduated measuring cylinders (optional)
Food colouring
Pipettes (optional)

mixing colours

Play Activity Author:
Harry & Louis Adventues

Harry & Louis Adventures

Hi I am Rebecca and I’m a stay at home mummy to two gorgeous boys, Harry 2.5 and Louis 13 weeks. I absolutely love creating new exciting activities for us to do and adventures for us to go on.


mixing coloursDuring story time, Harry and I read the book Mixed by Arree Chung, a lovely book about mixing colours.

The Blues, Reds and Yellows lived in harmony. Reds were the loudest, Yellows the brightest and Blues were the coolest. However when one of the colours proclaims they are the best, discord breaks out and eventually the colours decide to live in different parts of the city. Then one day a Yellow befriends a Blue and they become inseparable, discovering a world of different possibilities and colours.

This gave me an idea for Harry and me to explore mixing some colours, while we read the book again. It was a wonderful way teach Harry about the primary colours and mixing colours to create secondary colours.

Firstly I set up the tuff tray with the book Mixed I mentioned above, measuring beakers and graduated measuring cylinders and some pipettes. The book starts off by introducing the three colours blue, red and yellow, so I added drops of food colouring into three separate beakers of red, blue and yellow.

The story firstly mixes blue and yellow together to make green, so when we got to that part of the story, Harry used his pipette to take a bit of yellow water and add it to a graduated measuring cylinder. He then did the same with the blue water and added it to the yellow water in the graduated measuring cylinder. He was delighted that the water turned green, just like the in the story.

The next colours to mix in the story are red and yellow, to make orange. Harry then poured red water into the yellow water and again was delighted that the colour changed to orange. Finally we mixed two other colours, red and blue. He poured the red water and the blue water together and made a dark purple colour.

The book does go on to mix other colours but I didn’t want to overload Harry with too much information.

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