One of the activities in a pre-school curriculum is to learn secondary colours and how to make secondary colours. It was fun to google and then I came up with something to try on my own.
I had previously posted on how I made homemade paint. So I already had three primary colour paints in the house. I brought those out and had a whiteboard that was easy to wipe after using. I replaced that with paper. Then I asked Azlan to dip his fingers in red and paint on the board and then dip his fingers in yellow and mix it with red. He was excited at the reaction when it turned orange. I did the same for green and purple. It was tricky for him to understand when I said, “Red and yellow make orange, blue and yellow make green and red and blue make purple”. I had to try something different for him to comprehend the idea and learn which colours make another by mixing two together.
I asked him to wipe the board. After cleaning up I asked him,”How do you make green?” ” Can you make green for me?”. That’s when he dipped his fingers in blue and said, “Blue and yellow makes green”. Then I asked, “How do you make orange? Can you show me which colours to mix to make orange?”. He no longer wanted to dip his fingers because he doesn’t like getting wet partially. He loves taking a bath though. So he scooped up some red paint and then some yellow paint and mixed them together on the board. He did the same when I asked how to make purple. I repeated this process 5 times in a week. It was short, quick and easy.
Another day, another achievement.