We have been putting paint (and other liquids, like hair gel with food coloring) in ziploc bags to play for years now, and it is always fun – especially since I discovered the trick of taping them to the table with a sheet of white paper underneath to make the colors pop! One thing I kept intending to do but never got around to, was mixing colors – every time I suggested it, my kids vetoed the idea! Then Rainy Day Mum mentioned that I had inspired her to try this method of color mixing, and decided to give it another go! This activity is a perfect match for the book Mouse Paint!
This time I didn’t ask if the kids were interested in the activity. I just set it up! They still think the color mixing idea is a little odd, being their minimalist selves, but they enjoyed it! I was hoping to do a range of different colors, but they all wanted the same set: red, white, and blue. Next time, maybe!
Mixing Colors: A Mouse Paint Book Activity
Emma used her hands to create some very modern-art-looking pieces, like the one above!
Lily has consistently been extremely delicate in her explorations, while Johnny favors more of a full-body approach:
I’m actually hoping to try this out with one of those GIANT ziploc bags – doesn’t that sound like fun?
I also need to introduce Lily to one of Johnny’s original favorite activities: taking small toys and having them make footprints in the paint!
We use the freezer bags for this activity – they are stronger than the ordinary bags, and don’t rip very easily. I also recommend using washable paint over food coloring, just in case the bags do break. I like to dilute our paint with dollar store hair gel, which gives a nice texture. Shampoo can be fun to mix in, too, and creates a different effect. We tried baby oil this time, and the results weren’t particularly amazing. When I tape the bags to the table, the kids enjoy using them for days on end – and so do their visiting friends!
Have you played with paint inside a ziploc bag?