Over a series of days this month we have been talking about colors, color mixing, and different shades of colors. Colors, painting, and art are an underlying theme of our school days. The children often label objects first by color, then by shape or size. I wanted to draw on this common interest and explore colors even further with the classes.
One of the first activities we did was a color experiment from the book Freight Train. We read the book and talked about all of the different freight cars and their distinct colors. Then I showed the children the basic color wheel. We talked about when two colors mix they will sometimes change colors. I made different cups filled with food coloring and then made little “rainbows” with the paper towels to connect the cups. The results were so exciting to see! The kids went back to check on their rainbows over and over again throughout the morning.
The two most obvious color changes were the red and yellow, to make orange, and the rainbow on the back of the tray blue and yellow made green. One rainbow did turn purple, but it was so dark it was difficult for the children to see the purple. It was a great experiment and I am sure we will do some more color mixing science exploration sometime soon!
Another fun sensory activity we did was a color mixing car wash. There were a lot of steps in our car washing process.
First we sprinkled baking soda on our cars for our “soap.”
Then we sprayed vinegar on our cars and watched them fizz and bubble up!
Our next step was shaving cream to get our cars nice and soapy.
Lastly was some drops of blue and yellow food coloring.
The drove their cars all around the car wash and turned the shaving cream green right before their eyes!
I repeated this activity with my other group and we mixed red and yellow food coloring to make an orange car wash! We will definitely play car wash again!
Over two different days I called students in to the art room to create their own paint colors. I had a variety of paints available, along with white and black. Children chose their colors and then mixed them in small paint pots. The results were recorded on our class color mixing sheet that is still hanging in the art studio. Each child got to name their paint too! Some of the names were:
Of course we had to paint with all of our new paint choices! And boy did we PAINT….
Another part of our color unit has been our brightly colored sensory rice bin. The first week of our color exploration I filled the bin with colored rice, ice cream boxes and lids, ice cream cones and lots of bright pom poms.
This sensory bin was visited by both classes again and again. There is nothing quite like running your hands through a large bin of rice, scooping, pouring, talking, making ice cream, and learning through play.
You can tell by the series of pictures just how busy their hands were scooping and pouring!
This past week I removed the ice cream buckets and added some colorful ABCs to the rice bin. They have been busy making abc ice cream this week!
We also made some very colorful spider webs using white crayons and watercolor paints. We talked about the lines and circles on a spider web. Then the children drew their interpretation of a spider web using a white crayon. Just like magic the lines of the crayon began to appear once they painted over the paper using water colors. I love the mixtures of their spider webs. We will be repeating this activity again soon.