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Watch and Discuss: Mixing Paint

Children mix paint and create a colorful map.


  • Mixing Paint (video)

Key Science Concepts

  • A single color can have different shades, from very light to very dark.
  • Two or more colors can be combined to make a new color.
  • Mixing colored paint with white paint makes a lighter shade of that color.


Before you watch:   Tell children that they are going to watch a short video about children mixing colors.

After you watch: Ask, what did the boy do to blend the different green paint colors together? Did the children mix any of the same colors you mixed when you were exploring? Which colors? Tell children, The boy said the purple paint looked like grape and the girl said the pink looked like bubble gum. Ask, What are some of the things colors remind you of? Point to some colors in the room and ask them what they’d call those colors. Then remind children of the activity they did last week about different skin colors and read them the poem and/or the list of color names they came up with.

Watch again. Ask, what were the children making in the video? Did you notice how the children chose different colors for different parts of their map? Why do you think they chose dark purple for the roads? What color would you make the roads? What ideas did you get while exploring color that you’d like to try?