Shades of Green
Lush, green environments such as the jungle in the Mitchell Park Conservatory or a forest, are full of delicious green shades. They offer a starting point for a conversation about color and the variety of shades of the primary colors that fill our world.
Arrange crayons of one shade in a cup. At the time, we used disposible cups that we happened to have in the house. Since then I have used clear jam jars, colored plastic cups, and recycled yogurt containers for similar purposes.
Lay a piece of white paper on their art mat or on the table. One for each child. Have additional paper readily available.
Our afternoons are full of time for free exploration. Having a table invitation is one of the options during this time and this activity was set out during this time as an invitation for a few days in a row.
The number of afternoons I leave the same activity out is related to interest level and number of kids that interacted. If all of them try it and none are interested, it gets moved to the shelf after a couple of days. If even one child is especially interested, it usually is offered several days in a row. Once an activity is replaced with a different invitation, it typically moves to our art shelf for children to choose on their own.
I like to sit at the table during at least part of our free exploration time. During this activity, I would start by observing. See what interests them. See if they notice the concept of shades on their own. Ask them to describe the colors they are using. For younger children, describing for them could initiate their curiosity. For example: I see you used the light green to make these lines and your circles are a darker green.
The kids hang their favorite pictures on our art wall, the others are later recycled. Crayons and paper are returned to the art shelf for overnight storage.
Crayons - in a variety of green shades
Cup - for each child
* Provide another cup with a different color's shades. Ex. A cup of orange shades
* Provide cups with a variety of materials all in the same color. Ex. A cup with a green marker, green crayons, green colored pencils, and green dot dabber
* Explore shades of green with white and green paint mixing
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