I hereby dub July, "Colour Month." Okay, maybe as a choice of name, it is a little counter-seasonal. It is winter here, after all. (Counter-seasonal...is that a word? Words?) Anyway, since winter here in sunny Western Australia is hardly dull, drab or grey, I think Colour Month is a fitting title. And grey is still a colour...
Following on from yesterday's revelations on how to make colour a more interactive, tangible experience, today, we had great fun with the colour pink. Borrowing THIS wonderful Montessori-inspired idea from the brilliant Totschool blog, I made Niamh a little water activity.
Here, she is using an eye-dropper to drip water I coloured with pink food colouring onto wax paper:
She loved, loved, loved this activity! It was enormous fun to watch the water beading on the wax paper, and to break it up into smaller and smaller beads just by giving it a little push with the eye-dropper. It was hilarious to suck the water back up into the eye-dropper (complete with slurping noise - think spaghetti, but pink).
Dyeing our fingers pink in the droplets was fun too:
On plain white paper, you could paint the dots into stripes and blobs, which was lots of fun. Or just make really big, wet, pink puddles:
After I finally won the day's "Ye shall now be dressed," battle, I was thrilled when she immediately asked for more painting, but this time, "a different one." A week or so ago she had started to paint a little wooden jigsaw puzzle (a great idea - you buy the puzzle in plain wood, along with paints, then decorate it yourself - you can find them Here), and I suggested we finish it. She agreed.
When the painting was done, she immediately requested MORE drawing. Here she is drawing some stripey balls with crayons:
The balls are actually in black on her left, and the stripes are separate on her right. I love it.
After the artistic frenzy (seriously, 2.5 hours doing nothing except drawing and painting!), we headed to the park for a picnic and some fun with her favourite thing in a whole world - balls.
Running down the hill (she is "very fast"):
Wait...is that...physics...coming from the mouth of a child not yet 2?? Dagnabbit. How dare she learn naturally! I was probably in high school before I had that one spoon-fed to me.
Later, we made a slide for our fairy stick people to play on:
(I might not know physics, but I can ram a couple of sticks through a leaf. Take that, science!)
Roll on, Colour Month!