Mess-Free Color Mixing

We used paint and contact paper to make a mess free color mixing activity

Just squeeze some paint onto the sticky side of a sheet of contact paper
(I used tempera but I bet finger paint would create a nice translucent look)

Place another sheet of contact paper over the paint
I found that mixing the colors was a lot easier with less air between the sheets

She had to punch the paint

and poke the paint


 Putting the paint on the contact paper different ways affected the mixing too
In my opinion we saw the best mixing with two parallel lines of color


C really enjoyed drawing letters in the paint
 This is a great activity for seeing how primary colors mix to make secondary colors
plus it leaves little tracks when you use fingertips for drawing
then you can just use the palm of your hand to "erase" the tracks and start all over again
and best of all
NO MESS!!!
and another bonus
since the paint is trapped in the contact paper it doesn't dry
(at least it hasn't yet!)

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22 comments:

  1. Thats a great idea for mess free play! I have used ziplocks but this is nice and big and also looks great on windows:)

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  2. Thanks so much for the comment Putti Amma, you are right, the great thing about using the contact paper is since it comes on a roll you can make the sheets as large or small as you want!
    It would look awesome on a huge picture window maybe with all the colors to make a rainbow :)

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  3. Oh I like the no mess bit! Sometimes Cutie Pie absolutely will not do an activity because that day he doesn't want to do messy...perfect alternative in my mind! Thanks!

    Tricia at Mom is the Only Girl
    http://momistheonlygirl.blogspot.com

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  4. @Tricia, I have little ones in the art group like that, sometimes they just don't want messy hands :) and as much as I don't mind a mess, I do love having a couple mess free days every once and awhile!
    @Melissa, you're welcome! Thanks for the comment, glad you like it :)

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  5. I love this idea Aleacia! I've seen similar activities before but I like the way this one is up on the window. Thank you for sharing it with us :) I'm having so much fun finding new blogs to read!

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  6. Great idea - who knew painting could be mess free? lol :) Thanks so much for sharing at It's Playtime :) I shared it with my FB crowd as well.

    Jamie

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  7. @Jenny, so glad you stopped by for a visit, I also love finding new blogs to read! I get so caught up in them sometimes, it's an addiction!!
    @Jamie, thanks for sharing!!!!!!!

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  8. This is really cool! I am so glad you shared this on my blog. I have been following you on facebook, but I tend to look at blogs on my blog list more. I am glad I came, I am now following you more intently. Awesome idea!

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  9. Thank you! I'm following you as well, lots of great ideas on your blog!!!!

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  10. I love it. We did something like this with ziplock bags, and it was very popular. Perhaps I can do it again soon.

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  11. This is great! I can't wait to try it out!

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  12. Fantastic idea, this is going on my (very long) to-do-list!

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  13. I need this for me! Oh the expletives I could write with no one the wiser!

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  14. LOL, oh Amber...they could be ugly and beautiful at the same time...and very therapeutic!

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  15. Ooh super squishy fun! Could be great for kids with sensory issues too. Thanks for sharing with us

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  16. This was awesome for my 2 year old and my 4 year old, they both had a great time squishing the paint around. Thanks for a wonderful idea!

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  17. This is such a great idea! Looks like fun :)

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  18. Hey Aleacia! I featured your idea for taking this traveling in my Travel Activities post today.

    Jamie

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