So this week we’re learning about orange. Yes, we are still in our farm theme – but it’s fall so I put this mini unit into the mix. This past weekend I made a batch of yellow and a batch of red playdough. As you’ve probably guessed, we are mixing the two together to get orange. I give each child a little ball of yellow and a little ball of red and just let them play – most mix the colors, a few choose not to. However, the color is coming out more of a red-orange then a true orange. I should have made a batch and a half of yellow and a half batch of red because as it stands now the red is overpowering the yellow. Oh well, I’ll have to mental-note that for next year.
Another activity we did was I put a squirt of yellow and a squirt of red paint into a small zip-lock sandwich baggie, sealed it, and gave one to each child to squish around. After a bunch of manipulation we discovered that the two colors mixed and made orange! Some children told me they already knew that would happen – but I could tell that for a lot of them it was a new discovery! I loved the looks on some of their faces when they saw the color changing!
One of the last activities we’ve done so far this week is painting with yellow and red. I put some red and yellow on a large piece of white construction paper and give them a paintbrush. Almost every child mixed their paints and painted until their entire paper was covered in orange! Then, when their painting was finished I put a strip of paper in the middle that read “Red + Yellow = Orange” – which made the kids excited because they had a “real” math problem on their paper! (We had talked about the “+” and “=” signs as a group beforehand when we did the paint in the baggies and I wrote it on the board)
So far, a good start to our week! 🙂
So this week we have been learning about the science of color mixing! In honor of St. Patricks Day we have been discovering how to make the color green. The past couple days we have been playing a lot with the playdough I made. One little boy in my class got so excited when he saw the two colors mixing he yelled at the top of his lungs, “Hey – look at this – I have green playdough now! Cool!” So, they have been slowly but surely making our blue and yellow playdough green – and loving every second.
Today we did a little color mixing at circle time. I paired up each student and gave each pair a baggie with blue and yellow paint in it and told them to take turns squishing the bag in their hands. At first they weren’t so sure – so I gave them some encouragement and soon they were squishing to their hearts content! They were very excited about watching the colors blend and turn to green! You would have thought it was magic the way they reacted – so cute!
We carried this over into art and started painting with blue and yellow paint. Even on their paper they goit excited to see the green appear – although one would have thought they should’ve already known what was comming! 🙂 We will proabaly finish up the paintings tomorrow and will continue to play with the playdough the rest of this week and on into the next. I love seeing their faces light up when something they are doing makes the change! Gotta love it!
This probably shouldn’t excite me so much because teachers have been doing this forever! But today was my first time making playdough from scratch at home and I loved it! The colors, the consistancey, the ease – who knew?! Well – probably every other preschool teacher but me. But now I see the light! YAY! It feels so diferent from store bought playdough – much more plyable and smooth. Just great.
I made a batch of lemon yellow and then I made a batch of royal blue. I’m going to give each child a little of each color to play with so they can see how it makes green. Since St. Patrick’s Day is comming up, I thought this would be a good activity to use to show color mixing. Not to mention build fine motor skills and give them a chance to be creative! I love playdough – it’s just great! I really hope tomorrow the children are as excited as I am when I show them the playdough I made this weekend! I can’t wait! 🙂