Identifying Colors

This age group is working on identifying colors. Each day in our art area, we provide the children with paint to experience color transformation and loose parts. As they create and gain knowledge from their experiences, we’re able to incorporate math, spelling, writing, and more.

Science and math are at the heart of color transformation. How much of what color to add, volume, primary and secondary colors, are just some of the topics covered while the children engage in these activities.

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Special Moments during these projects:

  • One color that was made frequently was pink. They were attracted to the red versus white. (You might want to extend this study at home and ask your child to tell you what they know about the color pink)
  • As the children were mixing colors and painting, they also worked on their writing skills. For each color, the teacher wrote the full name of the color and they picked out which letter they wanted to write from that word.
  • They were drawn to the word ORANGE because they were familiar with the letter O and knew how to make a circle.

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To further our study of colors, the children brought different colors of fruit on that particular Friday. We are beginning to explore the possibilities of the “language of food.”

The fruit served as a provocation in exploring color as well as learning about the characteristics of the different foods. In addition, the fruit provided an excellent avenue for the children to learn how to peel an orange, use a butter knife, cut kiwi, and taste the differences in each fruit. After we discussed the colors of the fruit, why the skin is a different color than the actual fruit, comparing the different shades of the fruit and skin for an orange, and which came first: the color orange or fruit orange, the children washed each batch of fruit and their own utensils before eating the delicious treat!

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This project also allowed for a wonderful dose of sensory play. The children were able to feel the thickness of the paint and compare it to that of the glue, make thin lines with markers and thick lines with paint, and examine the different texture of all the fruit. This was a rich learning experience for our children – they were able to work on their fine motor skills, speaking, writing, and comprehension.

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