Mixing Colors: Create and Name Your Own Colors

Mixing colors is one of the most classic art activities for kids and is always a hit. We were inspired by Herve Tullet’s new book, Mix It Up!, to create our own colors by mixing paints. We saved our favorite colors on our Personal Paint Palette free printable and even named the colors ourselves!

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Create and name your own colors while exploring color mixing with paints! Inspired by Herve Tullet's new book, Mix It Up! (FREE Printable)~ BuggyandBuddy.com

*This post was originally posted on November 17, 2014 and has since been updated.

The Preschool Book Club is back this week with creative activities for kids inspired by Herve Tullet’s newest children’s book, Mix It Up! Every other week we’ll all be sharing some fun activities for kids based on the book of the week. (Be sure to check out all my activities for kids inspired by children’s books!)

Mixing Colors Activity for Kids Inspired by Mix It Up! 

A few months back we shared some activities for kids based on the  popular children’s book, Press Here by Herve Tullet. (If you missed them, be sure to check them out: Press Here Tossing Math Game, Press Here Playdough Activity, and our Press Here Necklace Craft.) The author just recently release a new book that we absolutely love- Mix It Up!

Just like the book, Press Here, kids are active participants in the story- using their imaginations along with their hands to splatter and mix colors all throughout the book. Children learn the basics of color mixing as they read this hands-on book!

Color Mixing Activity based on the book Mix It Up! by Herve Tullet


Mix It Up! inspired us to get out our paints and get mixing! We created all kinds of colors and even named them ourselves using the free printable.

Color Mixing Activity based on the book Mix It Up! by Herve Tullet

Materials for Mixing Colors Activity

My Personal Paint Palette- Free Printable for Color Mixing

Directions for Mixing Colors Activity

Start by setting up your workspace. You want to have plenty of room for kids to explore paint mixing. We covered our kitchen table with our art mat and some large sheets of white paper. We placed all our materials right on the table so we were ready to go!

materials for mixing colors using paint


We started out our activity by following right along with the story- mixing the colors in the order they were mixed in the book.

Color Mixing Activity based on the book Mix It Up! by Herve Tullet


We created green, purple and orange using the three primary colors. We explored what happens to colors when you add white or black to them and even what happens when you mix black and white together!

Color Mixing with Paint


As the kids mixed colors, they’d save favorites they created on their free printable paint palette by painting in the circles.

color mixing free printable


After we had tried out all the color mixing demonstrated in the book, I let the kids mix all on their own.

color mixing using paint

Lucy began to paint pictures. She’d mix colors on her paper plate until she got just the right one to add to her artwork!


Theo loved creating designs right on his plate as he mixed colors!

Exploring color mixing with preschoolers


After cleaning up, we sat down and named the colors we had created. I just love the names they came up with- “Happy Day”, “Stormy Night”, and “Dolphin” were a few of my favorites!

Fun color mixing activity: Create your own colors and name them! (Inspired by the book, Mix It Up!)~ BuggyandBuddy.com


This color mixing activity was an absolute hit. Both Theo and Lucy have already mentioned more than once they want to do it again!

Color Mixing Activity based on the book Mix It Up! by Herve Tullet

More Mix It Up! Activities

Be sure to check out all the creative Mix It Up! activities created by the other members of The Preschool Book Club Series!

Activities to go with Herve Tullet's Mix It Up! from the Preschool Book Club

Fingerprint Candle Craft from Sugar Aunts

Fun Fingerprint Art from Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails

Mix It Up! Inspired Ornaments from Mama Papa Bubba

Painted Salt Dough Handprints from Homegrown Friends

 Color Mixing Free Printable inspired by Herve Tullet's Mix It Up! ~ Explore color theory and make and name your own colors!



Color Mixing FREE Printable inspired by Herve Tullet's Mix It Up! ~ Explore color theory and make and name your own colors! ~ BuggyandBuddy.com


  1. Colleen Roganovich says:

    I love these books and so do the children! There are usually some giggles that accompany the story!

  2. One of my favorite authors!

  3. I love this author! So fun!

  4. This is such a great idea! This would be a great way for me to keep the kids busy during thanksgiving break. Thanks for sharing:)

  5. Love Herve Tullet. Will be delighted to win this one.
    The activity is awesome

  6. Kelly Utkin says:

    Great giveaway! We love to do art projects in our family especially during the long, dark and cold winters in Alaska!!!

  7. How fun!

  8. LOVE this activity!

  9. Jennifer (robbins) A. says:

    I love the “Press Here” book; so I’m sure I’d love this new book by the same author! Thank you for the giveaway! & The free template for the color activity! (we will definitely be trying this!) : )

  10. I teach art and am excited to have this book. Kids love to mix colors!

  11. i love the book press here I can’t wait to read this one and work with colors with my kids!

  12. Nicole-Lynn says:

    Oh how neat is this?! Love this as a fun rainy day activity for my daughter. It’d make a great gift. Thanks for the opportunity!


  13. This book has been on our wishlist forever!! 🙂

  14. I would love to win! What a fun giveaway.

  15. I love the concept for this book! My son gets such a kick out of color activities, too…can’t wait to try this one!

  16. thanks for sharing!

  17. My kids loved Press Here and I’m sure they would love this one. My kids are always going some kind of art project and this book would go right asking with that. I will be ordering this.

  18. Loved this and included you in our 10 Mix it Up! Activities!


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