In some ways, mixing colors can be the first type of science experiment a preschooler does. Of course, knowing the names of colors is also an important Kindergarten Readiness activity. There are many arts and crafts projects you can do, from fingerpainting, to watercolors, to using crayons. For a science activity, demonstrate how flowers drink up water by placing a white carnation in a vase with water that contains food coloring.
Austin, Mike. MONSTERS LOVE COLORS. In this exuberant book, monsters use crayons to create various colors.
Baker, Alan. WHITE RABBIT’S COLOR BOOK. White Rabbit hops in a bucket of yellow paint, and soon is mixing various colors.
Desmond, Jenni. RED CAT, BLUE CAT. Rival felines try to be more like each other in this book about friendship.
Ehlert, Lois. PLANTING A RAINBOW. Mom plants seeds and bulbs that turn into colorful flowers in the garden.
Jonas, Ann. COLOR DANCE. Dancers use scarves to show how colors combine to create new colors.
Lionni, Leo. LITTLE BLUE AND LITTLE YELLOW. Best friends Blue and Yellow hug so hard they turn green.
Litwin, Eric. PETE THE CAT: I LOVE MY WHITE SHOES. Pete’s new shoes are stained with blueberries, mud, and other things that change their color.
Walsh, Ellen Stoll. MOUSE PAINT. Three mice play in jars of primary colored paint, then create more colors.
Wellington, Monica. COLORS FOR ZENA. Zena walks along the street and discovers different creatures representing the colors.
Wolff, Ashley. BABY BEAR SEES BLUE. Baby bear leaves the den and sees items of various colors.