this is one of my favorite activities…we do it for all secondary colors. this month we honored orange.
after squeezing a bit of red and yellow paint in a baggie and then sending it around the circle for all to squeeze so we can make orange, we move to the project table.
when given a paper with a blob of yellow on one side and a blob of red on the other side,
children are invited to turn their paper orange!
i also like taking the opportunity to explore the math symbols + and =. at circle time we do simple math problems as a group and i love the look of pride when i label their replies as them “knowing how to do math!”
touching on the concepts of symmetry and leaves changing colors in autumn, we made leaves. on a precut leaf shape out of big manila paper, preschoolers drew with red and yellow crayons where they wanted the paint.
a teacher covered their lines with paint
folded over and rubbed like crazy (without worrying about paint that sneaks out)
and the best part: opening!
we’ve done this for hearts and valentines and butterflies, but not leaves before.
we had a table covered with paper, every color of the rainbow of paint squirted on, then half a dozen apples plus one hegeapple for us to roll back and forth.
messier than i thought but loads of fun.