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 watercolor (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! by Hervé Tullet 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.
If you like these books, you might like the Alphablock books too.