It Looked Like Spilt Milk Activity – Book & Activity

Because I am such a lover of literature, especially children’s literature, I thought it would be fun to spend some time bringing some of our favorite stories to life.  Check out these  Hop on Pop Preschool Activities and our Wocket in Your Pocket Art that happens around here.

It looked Like Spilt Milk Activity! We love this book! Can't wait to do the activity match

It Looked Like Spilt Milk

By Charles G. Shaw

This is one of my very favorite books.  The story is simple and repetitious which makes it wonderful for young children and early readers.  The pictures are clear and again simple.

It Looked Like Spilt Milk Activity – Cloud Blots

I saw some Paint Blot projects online and knew right away they would be perfect for an It Looked Like Spilt Milk activity.  S and T were visiting the day we enjoyed this one.  We started off reading the book and then it was off to the art table.

It looked Like Spilt Milk Activity! We love this book! Can't wait to do the activity match

what you need: blue construction paper ~ dropper ~ egg carton ~white paint

I set the table before reading the book so it was completely ready.  Each kid had their own setting (just like in the picture).  When they sat down I showed them how to fold the paper in half by meeting the corners and pressing a crease in the center.

The droppers are a little tricky, but T got the hang of it quickly.  A few small drops on one side of the paper are enough!

Squishing the paint in between the folded paper might be the best part!

Ta da!  After opening the paper to reveal a fun design I simply said “Sometimes it looked like…”  They had a lot of fun answers.

It looked Like Spilt Milk Activity! We love this book! Can't wait to do the activity match
Here are my four favorites.  Top left:  Little M said “Chicken”.  Top right: T said “Glasses”.  Bottom left:  S said “Butterfly”. Bottom right:  Big M said “Two seals in a circus”.

Questions to ask your kids:  “What do you think will happen to the paint when you fold the paper over it?”  “Do any of the pictures look similar?”  “Can you control what the end product will look like?”

This activity was…

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It Looked Like Spilt Milk originally appeared on June 20, 2011.

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Comments

  1. says

    I love this idea. We were already going to the library this morning, so we’ll be picking up this book to use with our craft today.

  2. says

    Jill! These are wonderful, and I especially love how you added captions to each of the paintings. Your kids will get a kick out of reading them when they grow up, I’m sure. Beyond that, this is a super way to encourage creative thinking. I can’t wait to try this with my daughter!

  3. Andrea Baker says

    i trully love this activity. i was going throug my library center when i stumble over this book and decided to do an science project with it. as i read ur instruction u said itthis was a literacy topic. i would add by saying it is also science as well. because the children are predicting as well as solving what will happen. i’m wondering if it will also be a good idea to try different color construction paper except for white ofcourse. at the end i will create i book using all the children names and their work and read it to other children. thanks for the idea.

  4. Andrea B. says

    i trully love this activity. i was going throug my library center when i stumble over this book and decided to do an science project with it. as i read ur instruction u said this was a literacy topic. i would add by saying it is also science as well. because the children are predicting as well as solving what will happen. i’m wondering if it will also be a good idea to try different color construction paper except for white ofcourse. at the end i will create i book ‘It looked like…..book. because everyone are entitle to their own opinoin as to what the print might be.I will use all the children names and their work and read it to other children. thanks for the idea.

    • says

      Andrea, What a lovely idea! I bet the children will have a great time experimenting with different color construction paper and a book will be an awesome way to show case their hard work!

  5. Michelle says

    I love this idea! I did this when I was in college in one of my education classes and we all had so much fun with this activity. We colleceted everybody’s paper and created our own It Looked Like Spilt Milk book.

  6. Bev says

    What a nice idea you have there! My son and a few students I am teaching here loved your idea ! Looking forward to more….

  7. Danielle says

    Love this idea!! I usually do inkblots like this with lots of different colored paint to make butterflies and we talk about symmetry (they paint only on one side, fold it over, and the finished product is symmetrical). But this is a fantastic way to incorporate one of my favorite springtime books! Thanks!!

  8. Emily says

    Thanks for sharing! This is one of my favorite books to share! I am always looking for storybook activities! Will continue to watch for more! :)

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