“Yes! You’ve got the magic touch! Let’s MIX IT UP!” – Hervé Tullet, Mix it Up!
Hervé Tullet is one of my kid’s favorite authors. His books are bright, interactive and a ton of fun. Mix it Up! teaches kids about mixing colors, as they splatter, combine and play with magic paints. This is book is perfect for toddlers and pre-school aged children. You will not be able to get away with reading it through just once.
On a lazy Saturday morning, I decided to bring the book to life for the kids with a fun art project. I started by pouring baking soda into a 9×13 pan. Next I mixed together vinegar and liquid water color (you can use food coloring) in glasses. I chose to use only primary colors so that the kids would be able to mix colors together just like the book. Using pipettes, the kids dropped the vinegar mixture into the pan causing a brief chemical reaction.
When the colors got too saturated, I simply poured another layer of baking soda on top. The boys loved watching the fizzing and mixing. This activity kept them occupied for almost an hour – a MAJOR feat for a 2 and 4 year old. They woke up the next day asking to do it again! I recommend both Mix it Up! and this activity for any parents with young children.
Hervé Tullet’s other books include Let’s Play, Press Here and The Finger Sports Game. Press Here was the first Tullet book my family owned and it involves, clapping, blowing, tilting and shaking as the reader “manipulates” a yellow dot. Let’s Play sends the readers on a journey to follow the yellow dot on a journey through the pages. The Finger Sports Game has holes for the reader to actually participate with their finger on each page.Mix It Up! by Hervé Tullet
Published by Chronicle Books on September 16th 2014
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Accept Hervé Tullet's irresistible invitation to mix it up in a dazzling adventure of whimsy and wonder. Follow the artist's simple instructions, and suddenly colors appear, mix, splatter, and vanish in a world powered only by the reader's imagination. Tullet—who joins such greats as Eric Carle and Leo Lionni as a master of his craft—sets readers on an extraordinary interactive journey all within the printed page. Tullet prompts plenty of giggles in addition to a profound understanding of colors, and once again displays his unique genius and vision in a work that is a glorious and richly satisfying companion to Press Here.