Let’s learn about color with Rory the horse! There are three primary colors: red, yellow, and blue. What color does red and blue make when mixed together? What about blue and yellow? When two primary colors are mixed, they create a secondary color: orange, green, or purple. Learn more about color mixing with a storytelling session with Hervé Tullet’s “Mix It Up!”. Then, put your color mixing knowledge to the test with the Mix It Up board game!


Game Play:

Become a color mixing master with Rory the horse! Test your knowledge on mixing primary colors to be the first player to make it to the finish line. This game is designed for 2–6 Players, ages 2 and up.


What You’ll Need

  • Paper
  • Printer or Coloring Utensils (pens, colored pencils, crayons, etc.)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Game Templates


Game Templates:


Game Setup:

1. Print out the Primary Color Cards template (print extra to reshuffle less frequently), the game board, and the dice/game piece templates.

  • If you don’t have a printer handy, then you can draw your own templates or design your own game board and game pieces.
    • To use your computer/tablet screen, ask an adult to trace the template:

2. Open the three linked game templates.

3. Tape a sheet of white paper onto your screen. The light from the screen will illuminate the template design through the paper.

4. Use a pencil or marker to gently trace the outline of the template onto the paper. (Be careful not to press hard which might damage your screen!)

5. Place the board on a flat surface.

6. Cut out the Rory game pieces. Each player will select one piece and place it at the start.

7. Make the dice:

  • Use scissors to cut along the solid lines.
  • Fold along all the dashed lines.
  • Put glue on each of the small, folded tabs.
  • Shape the dice template into a cube:
    • Connect the small tabs on the top of squares 2 and 4 to square 1. Glue in place.
    • Connect the small tabs on the bottom of squares 2 and 4 to square 5. Glue in place.
    • Connect the remaining small tabs on squares 1, 2, and 4 to square 6. Glue in place.

5. Cut out each of the primary color cards. Shuffle the cards and place them upside down in a pile next to the board.


How To Play:

1. The youngest player goes first. All players begin at “Start”.

2. Begin your turn by drawing two primary color cards from the pile.

3. Guess what color is created when you mix those two primary colors together. If you draw two cards of the same color, does the color change?

4. If you answer correctly, then roll the dice and move forward the appropriate number of spaces.

5. If you answer incorrectly, wait until your next turn to draw two new cards and try again.

6. First player to reach the “Finish!” wins!


Object Connection

Rory by Deborah Butterfield
Deborah Butterfield, Rory, Painted steel, Museum purchase, funds provided by the Caroline Julier and James G. Richardson Acquisition Fund and gift of S.F.I.