Wow! Wait until you see what we have been up to. I have been continually impressed by my little students and their awareness of colors everywhere! We have not had a dull or “clean” moment in preschool the last two weeks as we have been exploring colors through art, cooking, building, reading, and even a little gardening. I hope you have been hearing all about it at home…. But here are the details to fill in the gaps!
We have officially learned all of the colors on the color wheel, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. We have been making color collages for each of these colors after we trace the color word with marker. Such a simple activity has offered so many learning experiences as we have been able to revisit the same materials each day. Even though the materials are the same, the collages turn out so unique and we have been able to really practice many of those fine motor and social skills that are so needed in school… like learning how to squeeze a glue bottle really hard, pass materials to friends, peel the backs of stickers off, and of course cleaning up! We are stringing these together into a rainbow banner hanging in our classroom and the kids are super proud of their artwork.
After reading the book Rainbow Garden, by Louis Elhert, we planted our own rainbow garden in the pots around the patio. What a great extension and opportunity for real life connections! We talked about the steps to planting flowers and then got a little bit dirty digging, patting, and watering our garden. Hopefully the flowers will really bloom and we can revisit the colors and experience through the upcoming months.
I am sure most of you heard about making our own play dough out of Jello. We each mixed our own color with all the ingredients. Everyone was very into this activity which leaves me brainstorming for more cooking ideas for our next theme. When we brought the play dough out in class we were so excited by how wonderful it smelled… lemon, green apple, blueberry, cherry, and peach…. Yummy! It was so soft and squishy and we practiced rolling it with rolling pins and cutting it with plastic knives! This will be a choice during work time for weeks to come.
Puzzles, games, and collections of colorful objects are great things to have around to practice many foundational math skills. Remember… little learners learn best through “playing” and often don’t even realize they are practicing some of these important skills. So here is what we have been doing the past two weeks to sneak in this mathematical play. Puzzles… colorful stacking puzzles where students are encouraged to order disks, rectangles, and octagons by size or shape. Block building where students can copy building plans, matching color and 3-D design. I was very impressed at how well the kiddos could do these! Paint chip memory, making color matches with paint chips while building on color words too. Collections of color disks, pom poms, paperclips, and other weird objects to sort on color trays. The best part about these activities is the conversations that are happening between students. They are just too cute when explaining why they are putting the pink pom poms on the red tray or when they are kindly pointing out a mistake to a friend. I have to hold back the giggles!
So this upcoming week we will be finishing up our color theme with rainbows. Rr is for rainbow so we will be focusing on this letter. We will be reviewing all the colors we have learned so far as well as “fancy” colors too. We will be reading many rainbow books and even be doing an experiment with milk, soap, and food coloring! We will be building colorful 3D buildings out of pipe cleaners and creating sculptural art to hang from the ceiling! It is sure to be a ton of fun! Coming up next….. SHAPES!