The MoMA Color-Play Coloring Book is a an activity book best used with paints. Whether it be washable tempera paints or watercolor, the idea is to use something that will mix colors well so kids can discover how mixing different colors together creates a new color. Each page introduces a basic color theory concept with an activity for the child to follow. For example, the color spectrum, from Magenta to Yellow to Blue is shown. The page next to it has drawings of tubes of paint for the child to create their own spectrum. Another page shows what colors are created by mixing two colors together, next to it the child has the opportunity to decorate a woman's dress by mixing colors. At 17 inches by 12 inches, the book is large, allowing the child to be immersed into the activities. And with bold black drawings, the book turns your child's color mixing experiments into a modern work of art! The above images are an example of a 4 year old's work in the Color-Play Coloring Book.
I included watercolor paints, a paint palette and paint brushes to complete this gift, thinking that the paint, brushes and paint palette could be used long after the book was complete. I really like the paint brushes from IKEA and bought an extra set last time I was there. They are a great value and have held up better than most of our other paint brushes. But if you're not near an IKEA, this set of brushes will also work for this gift. There were choices for the watercolor paints, but I ultimately chose this set because the packaging made it look nice for the gift. After purchasing the products and reviewing them, I realized that this watercolor set includes a paint brush, and that the lid of the paint set has individual dishes for each color to become the paint palette! So if you wanted to pair this gift down to the essentials, you really only need the book and these watercolor paints for the child to have everything they need to complete the activity book! See the links in the text for purchasing information.