Rainbow Play Date
As I mentioned in a previous post, I polled my kids at the beginning of the summer what they would be interested in learning about. Besides snakes, one other topic was colors. So I made a rainbow play date for them! These activities are great for a day of learning about colors, for a holiday like St. Patrick’s Day, or even a look at the story of Noah.
Color Matching Painting
This activity was very simple, but it reinforced some great concepts. I gave each of the kids a page of watercolor paper that had been decorated with circles of different colors. Then the kids had to fill in the circles with the matching color with watercolors, being careful to stay in the lines. Sebastian, my four year old, was very diligent and did quite well with the activity, though he tired with the number of circles.
For Elliot, my two year old, I was more than content to see him match the colors, which he did a really good job of. I really appreciated how this activity allowed me to see his ability in this area already.
Color Mixing Experiment
Then we did a little experiment. I started with three glasses. Two of them filled with colored water, red and yellow, and one empty. I asked how we could get water to go into the empty jar without pouring it in. The kids were stumped. So I introduced some strips of paper towel. I told them that the water can travel up the paper towel and into the cup, and so we set out to see that happen. I also asked and talked about what color the water would be once it got in the cup.
Then we waited. I definitely think you should start this activity early in the day and then check back on it at the end.
I also set up the last primary color to form a triangle of color mixing.
At the end of the day, we were able to see some water in each of empty glasses, and under close inspection, we found that red + yellow = orange, red + blue = purple, and blue + yellow = green.
Painted Milk Toast
We were doing so much with color, we needed something to eat. And what would be better than eating some colors! This was another easy activity, but really fun. I started by mixing up some milk with some food coloring and a little bit of sugar for flavor, though the sugar is optional. Then I gave each kid a piece of bread, and they painted the colors on the bread. I didn’t have white bread, but the colors were really vibrant nevertheless.
When they were finished decorating their bread, I broiled them for a few minutes to make them toast.
Then the kids got to enjoy their colorful creations!
Serve skewers of rainbow colored fruit.
Making this scratch art would be really fun.
These color mixing handprints look like a really neat way to teach the concept.
Make some floating chalk prints for some abstract fun with color.
This circle painting looks like a fun and different way to explore with color.
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