Playdough Color Mixing Activity Inspired by Little Blue and Little Yellow

Here’s a fun color mixing activity using playdough! The hands-on, sensory activity for kids is inspired by Leo Lionni’s popular children’s book, Little Blue and Little Yellow. The post also includes a free printable for teachers to send home to parents so their children can enjoy the activity at home. Such great way to encourage a school and home connection!

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A fun playdough color mixing activity with free take-home printable! (Based on Leo Lionni's Little Blue and Little Yellow)~

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Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni is such a wonderful story and really lends itself to so many extension activities! (Be sure to check out how we made Little Blue and Little Yellow cookies!) In this story two friends, Little Blue and Little Yellow, are so excited to see each other that they hug. They mix and turn green and run around playing and having fun. This causes a few problems once it’s time to go home.

Playdough Color Mixing Activity

One of my favorites things to do with the story  is something I did as a Kindergarten teacher- mixing blue and yellow playdough to make green! The kids always loved to explore the mixing of colors with this hands-on playdough activity.


Mixing Colors with Playdough Inspired by Little Blue and Little Yellow


After we explore the activity in the classroom, we would put together little baggies containing a little yellow and little blue ball of play dough for the students to take home. (Here’s a recipe for our favorite homemade playdough. It’s very soft~ perfect for mixing colors!)


We attached a note to each baggie  inviting the parents to ask their child to retell the story using the little balls of play dough.  The students were always so excited to do this and couldn’t wait to bring it home.


Wouldn’t this be a fun activity to pass out to your child’s class after being a guest reader in their classroom and sharing this book?


Take Home Color Mixing Activity for Little Blue and Little Yellow


Here’s a free printable with directions to attach to each baggy.

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Other Activities Based on Little Blue and Little Yellow

  • Use tear art to create your own pictures similar to the ones in the book. Tell a story using the picture you made.
  • Do our chromatography experiment showing which colors make up the color green.
  • Talk or write about any connections you have to the story. Did it remind you of anything from your life or any other books you’ve read? 


Color Mixing Activity Using Playdough


playdough mixing activity for Little Blue and Little Yellow

Playdough Color Mixing Activity inspired by Leo Lionni's Little Blue and Little Yellow (w/ free take home direction printable for parents). Hands-on, sensory activity for preschool and kindergarten! ~


  1. This is a great activity by itself to teach color mixing, but I especially love that you did it along with this book. Now I want to go buy this book and do this activity with my kids ASAP. 🙂

  2. Perfect way to understand colours

  3. We just checked this book out from the library. I’m excited to read it to my son along with the play dough. 🙂 What a great idea.

    Thank you for sharing this!

  4. This is really great! Thanks for sharing at DelicateConstructions, I will have one more activity for my daughter’s birthday party! 🙂

  5. This is such a wonderful book and I like your activity. Thanks for sharing at The Children’s Bookshelf.

  6. We had a Waldorf painting book for educators that talked about activities like this.

  7. This is a great activity! Thanks for sharing. Would love it if you linked up on our Toddler and Preschool link up.

  8. This is wonderful! I love this author! Thanks for linking to Share It Saturday, I am featuring your post tomorrow!

  9. What a fun activity. I must get this book.

    Thanks for linking to the Sunday Showcase. I’ve pinned it to our board.

  10. We absolutely adore Little Blue and Little Yellow. So many directions to go with this book! We read when studying the color wheel and had fun mixing our own colors!

  11. What a great idea! I’ll be doing this with my preschoolers next week when we learn about colors! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  12. Debbie Hinton (South Africa) says:

    Thank you for this! I have ordered the book and will be using the lesson in my pre-school class (in South Africa). Much appreciated!


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