The children and staff enjoyed reading Ellen Stoll Walsh’s Mouse Paint so much we decided to take it one literal step further and turn it in to an art activity!
If you’re unfamiliar with the story, here’s the jist:
Three white mice are busy playing on a white piece of paper when they discover three paint cans; one blue, one red, one yellow. Each mouse climbs in to a paint can, turning themselves in to a blue mouse, a red mouse, and a yellow mouse. After admiring themselves for a while they discover paint splatters on the white paper. The Red mouse dances in the yellow paint, creating orange. The Blue mouse dances in the red paint, creating purple. And the Yellow mouse dances in the blue paint, creating green. They go on to paint the paper in the lovely shades they’ve created but are mindful to keep a small white spot in order to hide from the cat (who cannot see their white bodies on white paper).
We thought it might be fun to turn our little students in to little mice during centers. They had help creating mouse ear hats and then, after reviewing the story, were able to paint with their feet (or hands) the color of their choosing.