I wondered what the children might come up with if I gave them paints and shells. This is what happened.
We used paper, red, blue and white paints and some large shells. First we mixed some paints to make blue and pink. Then we used the shells to make marks and patterns on the paper.
Then we needed some more paint so I put some red and white onto the plate. Before I could mix them Girl began using one of the shells to mix the paint and to put blobs of it onto her paper.
It made gave some really interesting results. Then she asked for some blue.
Here is her finished artwork.
Boy decided he wanted to do some colour mixing. He said 'Mummy, if you mix blue and white it makes light blue right?' Yes I said and he mixed some. Then he added red and said 'this will be purple I think.....it is!'
Here is his shell painting. After he'd finished that he did some hand prints and and covered a page in purple paint he had mixed.
It can be interesting to find other ways to use paint by using objects as tools. Be creative and see what you and your children can come up with!