This month, in connection with St. Patrick's Day and the coming of Spring with all its fresh green colors, Lil' Em and I have been talking about the color GREEN. Even though she can identify her colors already, I still love to reinforce the concept. I have a strong affection for color. When life allows me to paint, I love making my own colors. I pulled out some blue paint and yellow paint I had around the house and let the lesson and adventure begin. Here is what you'll need:
Blue paint, yellow paint, a mixing tool-I used a paintbrush, mixing bowl-I used a recycled yogurt container that has BIG sides, sheets of paper, blue marker, yellow marker, green marker. O, and don't forget newspaper like I did in the beginning.
Beforehand, I wrote out the word yellow on a sheet of paper. I also drew a yellow circle. I also wrote out the word blue on another sheet of paper and drew a different shape(I chose, square). Emery has been extremely interested in letters and words lately. With that, I am writing out common words when we do activities to keep her curiosity exposed and further develop her linguistic intelligence. When doing this I simply read the word, and put most emphasis on the first letter and sound in a word. With little ones, it's a great place to begin. It's amazing to see how simple exposure is turning over in real-life situations. The other day Em read two of her classmates names without any prompting :) I also threw in the shapes and wrote in matching colors to expose her spatial intelligence.
along with the logical-mathematical intelligence.
I hope you and your little ones have fun mixing away! This valuable lesson can be taught to children of all ages! My favorite part to color mixing is the unique colors created!! For older children, I suggest creating a color wheel and creating colors for personal artwork. Anything personal is intrapersonal. For the babes & little tots, I suggest purchasing some Crayola paint for toddlers and babies...it's safe for the kiddos :) Spoon some in a large mixing bowl. Give them a large wooden spoon and let them mix away. O yeah, and most importantly, prepare for a MESS!! When painting and crafting, I used to put the wipeable food tarps around Em when she was a little babe. I'd also use lots of newspaper and painter's tape.
Enjoying discovering the new shades of pre-Spring GREEN,