Mixing Paints

This is a good activity to help children learn their colours and experiment with making new ones.

You will need:

  • Paper
  • Paint brushes
  • Paint tray
  • A few basic colours of paints, such as red, yellow, blue, green and white


Give each child a piece of paper and allow them to paint using their choice of colours, naming the colours as they paint.

Give each child an empty painting tray and demonstrate mixing the paints together and encourage the children to mix their own, asking them what colours they have made, and allowing them to paint with their new colours.

This activity encourages children to explore colours and experiment freely with mixing them to see what happens.

Areas of learning covered:

  • Mathematical development
  • Creative development
  • Language, Literacy and Communication skills
  • Knowledge and Understanding of the World
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2 thoughts on “Mixing Paints

  1. that’s really good activity which encourage children to think about how two different colours make another new one.

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