Come play with the colour GREEN!
As part of our Learning Colours Series here on learning4kids, today I am sharing with you some of the activities we have been doing as we explore and play with the colour green. Our ‘green activities’ involve a Green Tea Party in the bath, reading the book Where is the Green Sheep?, painting with green paint and green play dough.
By completing all these activities we are not only learning about the colour green, we are also exercising and developing many other important skills.
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GREEN TEA PARTY IN THE BATH
Having some sensory fun and learning the colour green in the bath with a Green Tea Party. Miss 2 could have played for hours if the water would stay warm enough but she made countless cups of green tea for her sisters and Dad.
To create this invitation to play Green Tea Party, I added a few drops of green food colouring to the water, a few green plastic cups, plates, and teapot. We also had some stick up green frogs so I added this to the bath also to add some extra ‘greenery’.
To add colour to the water, you do not need a lot of food colour, I basically just ran the lid from the food colouring bottle under the running tap and this seems to be enough to give the water a pale colour of green.
PLAYING WITH GREEN PLAY DOUGH AND BUTTONS
Another green activity Miss 2 had fun playing with was Green Play Dough. To make it a little more fun we added a bowl filled with buttons which allowed for unstructured and creative play. You can read and see more photos about this activity here: Play Dough & Buttons
ROLLING GREEN CARS THROUGH GREEN PAINT
Miss 2 absolutely loves painting and I thought I would this time incorporate the colour green. Rolling green toy cars through light green and dark green paint created some beautiful patterns on the paper. It was a wonderful opportunity for Miss 2 to discover the cause and effect of how paint on the toy car wheels created lines of patterns on the paper. When the paintings were dry, we used them to create our green sheep puppet.
HIDE AND SEEK GREEN SHEEP
Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox is is a great book for learning about the colour green as it repetitively uses the word green throughout the story and encourages Miss 2 to read along with the predictable text. Using the paintings we made with rolling the cars through the green paint we made a green sheep puppet and played many, many games of hide and seek green sheep. Hide and Seek Green Sheep involves hiding the Green Sheep Puppet around the house in obvious places that your child will see instantly and won’t have to search for too hard, such as standing up or leaning on the couch. We would ask Miss 2, where is the green sheep? just like in the book. You can read and see more photos about this activity or print off your very own copy of the green sheep here: Where is the Green Sheep?
OTHER GREEN ACTIVITY IDEAS
- Wear GREEN for a day: Dress your child and/or yourself wearing the colour green for the day. Where your favourite green scarf or socks.
- GREEN Discovery Box: Go on a ‘green treasure hunt’ around the house with a box and fill it with as many green things as you can find. You can involve your child or make the discovery box for your child to explore. A box filled with so many ‘green’ treasures to pull out to touch and feel, smell, listen to, look at and explore.
- Make a GREEN morning tea: Cut up a range of green fruits for morning tea such as green apple, grapes and honey dew melon.
- Sing Songs about the colour GREEN: You can basically take any song and replace some words with the colour green. Why not make up your own song or chant with the word green?
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