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Mouse Paint

Mouse Paint - Ellen Stoll Walsh

This story of little mice walking through paint is a great tool to use with kindergarten children to say "use lots of colors when we do art!  And, yes, it's okay to mix colors!!  Cool things happen!"  The short story may not follow curriculum aims so much as it is just a nice tool to emphasize using every color in the crayon box.  So many children who are in kindergarten choose one color and stick with it.  We know as teachers that trees, and daddies, and dogs, and cars are not all PINK!  This book would be used best at the beginning of the year or with special art activities. 


(If a teacher knows that the art teacher is going over mixing of colors, this would be a good story to read before art class to predict what colors are added to make other colors.)

grade level equivalent: 2.2

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