Black and white experiment


Item Product Code
Foam Rollers 87046724
Black Paint 86750493
White Paint 86750503
Paint Brushes 25033363
Pain Roller Tray 87046728
Drying Rack 18646361
Black Paper 25035690
White Paper 25035710


1 Place black and white paper on a covered surface.
2 Set paints and brushes up with one roller and brush for black and one roller and brush for white.
3 Allow children to use both the brush and roller to paint with. Discuss the new colour that is being made and ask them to describe what they are painting.
4 Place artwork on the drying rack.


Open-ended questions that can be asked during this activity:

  • White on White – Can you see where the paint is? How can you tell where your paint is and where there is no paint? What is the difference?
  • What do you notice about how the colours are working with each other?
  • Can you mix black and white together? What happens when we paint black on top of white? What happens when we paint white on top of black?
  • I wonder what would happen if we use a lot of black and only a little bit of white? What about if we do the opposite and use a lot of white and only a little bit of black?
  • I wonder if you can tell me the name of the new colour you have made? Can you think of something that we might see that is grey?


Early Years Learning Framework Outcomes:

Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners.

4.1 Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity

Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners.

4.2  Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, inquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating