Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Camp B, Day Eight: Color Day

This morning was Big B and little b's morning out with Nee-nee. Little b was still under the weather when I retrieved him, so we shelved our plans once again and nestled in for the afternoon. Nee-nee noticed that Big B was wearing a yellow shirt, had seen a yellow butterfly, and was about to make banana bread with yellow bananas. Voila, Camp B, Day Eight: Color Day was born.

To celebrate Big B's transition into Kindergarten, we bought him a box of 64 Crayola crayons a week or two ago. He has taken very good care of them, and loves to hear the names of the colors as he's drawing. Color Day inspired a closer look, and Big B carefully pulled out every single crayon today.
I asked him, "If you were a Crayola crayon, which one would you be?" After much deliberation, his choice was solid: sepia. We looked at each other and almost simultaneously said: "Color Walk!" And so we did.After we returned from our walk, we grabbed the food coloring we had just bought for our ocean-in-a-bottle project, and created a little color mixing station. We filled three glass containers with water, and I asked Big B to start by putting a few drops of each primary color into each glass. After explaining that primary colors could mix to make any other colors in the rainbow, Big B was set free to play color scientist, and he kept busy for a very long time, mixing and even matching his creations.
To end our evening, we played in the boys' room while I finished organizing the books by color. I wanted to create a system that Big B would enjoy, as he sets out to explore the limitless world of independent reading, sometime in the very near future.
“The purest and most thoughtful minds
are those which love color the most.”
--John Ruskin


Mothering Two said...

Love this! I can't wait until I'm feeling like doing this with Max! Got the ideas stored in my mental log of cool ideas. :) Thanks for sharing your journey with us!

Casey at the Wonder Years said...

We love color mixing over here and I love your color walks too.

I nominated you for an Honest Scrap Award. You can check it out here.

Honest Scrap Award. Thanks for sharing your stories and your crafts and activities.


Pink & Green Mama said...

So fun!! We have our books in rainbow order and did a whole week of color camp last month -- the girls loved it!! : )