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.
this is likely one of the most classic activities…so satisfying. so many connections to the world of nature and science. we’ve been working with apples all week. tasting them, sorting them, graphing them, digging out the seeds, and then i deemed some apples “too yucky to eat so we can use them for painting.”
this is simply cutting the apple in half so that the star can be seen, then dipping in paint, then pressing.
and oh, joy when a seed actually comes out with the print!
we do this printing with celery, green peppers, potatoes, corn, okra, oranges, carrots too. i really like to get food that is genuinely expired or being thrown away.