Portland, Maine – Want a colorful way to drive boredom from your house? We do! And, to tell you the truth, with the bitter arctic cold we’ve experienced this winter, I’m taking every chance I get to change our perspective on spending another day inside.
All you need is some paint, freezer bags and tape. I poured two gobs of paint into each bag (roughly two tablespoons each).
Seal the bag and tape it to the window.
To teach color mixing, I put yellow and blue in one and red and blue in another. I also put like colors together. This a great opportunity to talk about words like ‘hue’ and ‘gradation.’ There are tons of variations to be explored here.
As open-ended play, this activity doesn’t last long (at least with my munchkins). But when you add layers to the activity, they see it in a different way. So we held spelling and writing challenges. You can even “draw” by moving the paint around.
This adds a lot of color to a winter day!
COULDA, WOULDA, SHOULDA:
- Resist the urge to get fancy. I added sugar to one bag for a little sun sparkle. Didn’t take long for the grainy texture to create pin sized holes in the bag. You can guess how that turned out!
- Make sure your children’s nails are trimmed and filed….(not that I learned the hard way : )
TODDLER TAKE AWAYS AND PRESCHOOL PERKS:
- Color Mixing
- Color recognition
- Sensory Activity
- Writing Practice
- Fine motor skills
- Early Science Skills