“Mixed” Learn and Play Ideas

This week I have been doing some pre school learning with my little dude, based on the story “Mixed”.

I chose this story as the basis of our learning this week as the little dude picked it off the bookshelf for his bedtime story. When I was reading it, I found myself relating to the colours in the story, who decide to live separately for a while. Living in isolation, we are currently separated from lots of people we would normally spend time with.

For anyone who hasn’t read the story yet, the Blues, Reds and Yellows lived in harmony in spite of their different qualities. However, when one of the colours decides they are the better than the others, chaos ensues and eventually the colours decide to live in different parts of the city. Thankfully in the story, a Yellow befriends a Blue and they become inseparable, discovering a new world of different possibilities and colours, making life more vibrant. If you haven’t got a copy of the book yet, get your copy here. https://amzn.to/2UL5qRL


I was also very keen to create a rainbow with my little dude to put in our window to put a smile on the faces of other children and send the message that we’re all in this together.  You can read more about that lovely idea here https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-51988671 .

With that in mind, I came up with lots of learn and play ideas based on the story, colours and rainbows this week. Although there are lots of ideas, we just did one or two a day throughout the week. For me, the most important thing is that we are all happy and relaxed, so I didn’t want to put too much pressure on learning. As I always say, the best learning comes through unstructured play, when children are left to make sense of the world in their own way.

The activities would also work well if they were carried out like I recommended in “the Very Hungry Caterpillar” blog last week https://story-station.co.uk/2020/03/19/the-very-hungry-caterpillar/. You could choose your favourite activities from the sheet and place them out around a space in your home and see what catches your little person’s attention.

However you do it, there is so much learning that can take place across a range of curriculum areas from just one story. I have attached the FREE ideas and printables for you to download here.

Mixed Ideas to Learn and Play



If you’re looking for more good reads about rainbows and colour, check out these super titles.

A colour of his own by Leo Lionni. https://amzn.to/2xv5EVi

Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister.https://amzn.to/33ZHUVt

Tropical Terry by Jarvis. https://amzn.to/3dCkfPo

The Little raindrop by Joanna Gray. https://amzn.to/3dCofiG

Harris McCoo and the Rainbow Haggis by Shirley Husband. https://amzn.to/2QVAKw9

The Princess and the Wizard by Julia Donaldson. https://amzn.to/2yi0PiC

Wow Said the Owl by Tim Hopgood. https://amzn.to/2UEz9vO

These are affiliate links so I will get a very small amount of commission if you use them, at no extra cost to you!

Thank you to members of the Story Station Book Club who helped me to come up with this list. Please feel free to join this group on Facebook if you haven’t already. It’s a friendly group where we can share book recommendations with each other and we hope to do a virtual meet up in the next few weeks.

Do let me know what you think to the “Mixed” learn and play ideas by leaving a comment or writing a review. Also, remember to send your story requests if you would like me to create some learn and play ideas around one of your favourite books.

In the meantime, happy reading, playing and learning! If you take any pictures of your little people enjoying the Story Station activities then do tag @storystaion3 on Facebook or Instagram as I would love to see them.


Natalie x

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