We loved reading the White rabbit’s color book . It’s basically about mixing colors.
The rabbit in the book finds 3 buckets of paint; red, yellow and blue. Since the rabbit itself is white, it jumps into the paint buckets one by one, mixing colors, taking a shower and mixing colors again. The rabbit shows how to find orange, green, purple and brown just by using red, yellow and blue.
The story is so simply told that even the youngest children can follow what’s going on.
After reading the book a couple of times, I thought of an animation of the book to try with my son.
I drew 3 rabbits on a white sheet, cut them out. I also drew a shower for our white rabbit. I took out blue, red and yellow paint, paint palette and a paintbrush.
Looking carefully at the pages of the book, we painted our rabbits. When it was time for a shower in the book, we brought out our cut-out shower, and took a clean rabbit to color.
Mixing yellow and red was good, we were able to see they make orange.
Mixing red and blue was a bit confusing because the result seemed like purplish- brown or something that my son was not sure it was purple. But I applied more paint and tried hard to find purple :)
Mixing blue and yellow had a satisfying result, we saw they made green together.
And lastly mixing green and red was ok, too.
Everything was fine until finding color green but then my son wanted to paint just as he pleased and was angry to follow the book. I insisted on doing so, and he was mad at me and the last color (brown) was painted during a fight:) I think it was because I haven’t given him a painting activity for a long time. But the activity was good enough to understand mixing colors.
If you don’t have the book, you can show your child a book or an online video about mixing colors. Then you can tell the rabbit story, just like I did, by cutting out rabbits and a shower. All you have to say is the rabbit is white, it jumps into the paint buckets and takes a new color. And jumps into an other and when the colors mix they make another color.
In the story the rabbit takes a shower and turns back to its original color; white, after every new color. When it is green, it goes to take a shower, finds out there is no water, it goes and jumps into red and turns into brown. So there is a triple color change for finding brown:) The rabbit is pleased with its new color. And the story ends…
Beyaz Tavsanin Renk Kitabini okumayi sevince, aklima bir canlandirma fikri geldi. Hem boyalari kullanarak, renk karisimlarindan yeni renkler bulmayi hem de kitaptan faydalanmayi dusundum. Beyaz kagida kitaptaki tavsan gibi tavsanlar ve bir adet duş çizdim. Kesip, boyalar, palet, firca ve kitabimizla aktiviteye hazirlandim.
Bu arada, kitaptan bahsedeyim. Kitap, beyaz bir tavsanin boya dolu kovalar bulmasi ve bunlarin icine girerek renk karisimlarini gostermesiyle ilgili. Mesela once sari boyaya giriyor, sari oluyor ve ardindan kirmiziya girince turuncuya donusuyor tuyleri. Sonra gidip dus aliyor ve tekrar iki farkli renk deniyor. En sonunda yesil olunca dusa gidiyor ama sular kesilmis, napalim diyip kirmiziya da dalinca kahverengi oluyor. Bu renk hosuna gidince, kahverengi tavsana donusuyor.
Biz de beyaz tavsanlari kitaptaki sirayla boyadik. Dus zamani gelince dusu getirdik ve kenarda hazir olan temiz beyaz tavsani aliverdik. Aslinda epey iyi gitti aktivite ama oglum yesilden sonra serbest boyama yapmak istedi ve kahverengini bulusumuz kavgali oldu :) Ama biraz suc bendeydi cunku uzun zamandir ogluma boya aktivitesi yaptirmamistim, yani boyalarla serbestce ugrasmak ismekte hakliydi bence.
Kitabin bende fotokopi versiyonu var. Orjinali Turkiye’de olmayabilir. Aktiviteyi yapmak isteyenler ayni benim yaptigim gibi hikayeyi beyaz tavsanlar kesip, anlatarak da uygulayabilirler. Belki daha da akici ve keyifli olur. Ozetle sari ve kirmiziya girerek turuncuyu; mavi ve kirmiziya girerek moru; sari ve maviye girerek yesili ve en sonunda da yesilken kirmiziya girip kahverengiyi bulmak gerekiyor.