I’ve continued to use this book in my work as a play therapist especially when it comes to parent-child therapy. After reading the story I put a small pile of blue paint and a small pile of yellow paint on a paper plate. I direct the child to put a finger into the blue paint and the caregiver to put a finger into the yellow paint.
They use their fingers to slowly mix the blue and yellow colors together until something special happens. The look of surprise on the child’s face when the paint begins turns to green is delightful.
I encourage them to gradually add more fingers and eventually their entire hand. As child and caregiver squish their hands together it creates an opportunity for connection and creativity.