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Color Creativity – 5 Unique Ideas for Art Time

C is really into colors these days. (Sidebar: He learned his colors and numbers many months ago but he still often confuses green and yellow.  My husband and I have always thought it was kind of funny how those two colors trip him up then, this weekend, we caught my dad calling something yellow that was very definitely green.  Is there some kind of crazy hereditary color-blindness that only applies to these two hues?!)  C is so into it, in fact, that his standard crayons and paints are starting to feel a little stale.

Fortunately, several color-centric activities have popped up in my reader lately.  In no particular order, here are my top 5 finds:

  1. These Paint popsicles have to be my favorite.  Get a big role of butcher paper and I think this would be the perfect outdoor activity for all the kids in the neighborhood.  If you do have a creativity block party, I’d stock the freezer with the real deal too. My guess is that once the painting is through more than one kid will need a popsicle fix.
  2. Isn’t this melted crayon art (found via pinterest) cool?  Kids will love watching the crayons go all gooey in the sun and you’ll end up with a nice piece of art for a child’s space.
  3. Remember all those paint with water pages we had as kids?  Check out this clever DIY on how to make your own at home.  It’s the perfect mess-free activity for your youngest burgeoning artists.
  4. Although not quite as “out-of-the-box” as the other projects, I had to include this post on transforming dried out felt pens into liquid inks.  I just can’t resist a good re-purposing project – especially when it comes to children’s art supplies.
  5. Finally, this ultra simple color mixing idea shows that colors can be about science as well as art.

Do you have any favorite color activities you’d like to share?

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Art For Little Hands August 2, 2011 at 6:55 am

I absolutely love that crayon drip painting. Beautiful and probably so fun to watch too.


Delhibound August 2, 2011 at 10:18 am

LOVE this week’s finds! The melty crayon art is RIGHT up our ally considering our heat … going to get the supplies now!


Alicia C. August 2, 2011 at 2:36 pm

That crayon art is AMAZING!!! We’ll be doing that one for sure!


Anonymous August 2, 2011 at 5:37 pm

There is a heredity component to color blindness and it more often than not effects only certain colors.


Steph at ModernParentsMessyKids.com August 2, 2011 at 8:57 pm

Thank you anonymous!


Amber K August 25, 2011 at 9:57 pm

My husband has the same color-blindness. Apparently women can carry it, but it is mainly men that get it. So the connection between your dad and son is definitely a possibility.


Nicki September 17, 2011 at 9:20 pm

Hi! I’m new to your blog and I love it! such wonderful ideas! I took a color theory class in college and you can have partial colorblindness. In fact it’s way more common than actually having full colorblindness. Most people are red/green colorblind and a few are labeled as blue/yellow colorblind. Here is one website I’ve found that might help! http://members.shaw.ca/hidden-talents/vision/color/colorblind1.html

Thanks for sharing these great art ideas! Love them!


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