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.
i tweaked these little tins some time ago using duct tape to keep our crayons sorted by color.
i never imagined how often children would dump out all the crayons just to resort them again. or in the case of this photo, find more crayons and sort those too.
my kids were glad to help drink 26 bottles of gatorade and vitamin water so i could have wider-mouth bottles.
the preschoolers help me fill bottles with rice and then i hide something inside correlated to a letter. i tape the lid on with colored duct tape and write the letter on the lid.
so far there is one little apple hidden in the A bottle
a plastic baby, a bird and a button hidden in the B bottle
plastic cows hidden in the C bottle
dice hidden in the D bottle
an egg and an elephant hidden in the E bottle
i’m thinking feathers in the F bottle, blades of grass in the G bottle, horses in the H bottle, ivy in the I bottle, jacks in the J bottle…on and on.
a little guy told me today that the A bottle was his favorite thing at preschool. wow.
thanks to a friend, our preschool was given this sweet suitcase. while i am sure i will share it for some vacation play, i am using it daily as a “project suitcase.”
i load it with the supplies we will need for our project of the day.
the anticipation on the part of the preschoolers is worth it. then i close up my suitcase, pick it up and lead them to the project table.
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.