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Flannel Friday: Color Blending Magic


This is a decidedly flannelless storytime activity I like to use when the theme is color. It pair perfectly with one of my all-time favorite stories, with Mouse Paint. It’s one of the simplest ways to provide a hands-on experience with color blending.

I Give each child 2 blobs of Play-Doh. Then ask the group what they think will happen if you squish the 2 blobs together. I try to coordinate the squishing so I count out, “1 squish, two squish, three squish. Show me what you’ve got!”





It works best with a small group (fewer than 10 kids). It works with preschoolers, but if you have any know-it-alls in the group they may poo-poo it at first. But don’t let that discourage you, once they get the play-doh in thier hot little hands, they’ll be putty in your hands (pun intended). And of course it brings down the house with toddlers. Anyway, this is one of my most flannelless #FF to date, but there it is…

Libraryquine is hosting this week.

Happy storytiming!

6 thoughts on “Flannel Friday: Color Blending Magic

  1. Pingback: Explore the World: Colors | storytime katie

  2. Hello! My flannel friday post is ready, although it is not Easter themed, it is a sneak peak video. Please let me know that you got this comment.

  3. Awesome! Playdough is one of the most engaging activities for ALL ages! Even older siblings and parents will get in on any playdough activity. 😉 While it is good for fine motor coordination and strengthening the hand muscles, it’s also extremely calming for those who are a little rambunctious. A perfect activity that many little ones don’t get to experience because some adults see it as too messy. Good for you for sharing with your storytime friends! And making it so magical, too! You are awesome! Do you make your own? The Koolaid playdough recipe is my favorite.

    • I didn’t make my own, although that would work well too. I had it on hand, so I figured I’d use the name brand stuff.

  4. Very good idea!!! Thank you for sharing. I can see using this for something fun and different!! Donna

  5. Great idea! You also get the novelty factor for “letting” them mix play dough. When I get the play dough out, the first thing the parent’s say is “don’t mix the colors.” I say YES they can. That is half the fun!

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