The weather is turning colder and Fall is officially here. It is my favorite time of year and I am looking forward to introducing J to everything Fall!
ORANGE is currently my favorite color! Yes, my favorite color does seem to change depending on my mood, the season, or just on a whim. Orange is always on my list of favorites. I love that it’s such a great Fall color, so we have been working with the color orange a lot lately.
During naptime I made some playdough and dyed it orange (see recipe at the end of the post for the playdough). It was J’s first time exploring playdough and he was really focused on it for a long while. Based on his smiles and laughter…I’d say he loved it! Playdough is such a wonderful sensory experience and is great for cognitive development and problem solving.
Paint in a plastic bag that’s taped to a window. I can’t say that this was a favorite of J’s, but I’ve seen other children love this.
Orange leaf drawings. J and I went on a nature walk and collected leaves along the way. I taped some of the leaves between two sheets of paper and then gave J an orange crayon. That’s about all the direction that he needed. He immediately started scribbling and the impressions of the leaves showed right up! J was very interested in the texture of the leaves so I opened up the top sheet to show him the leaves beneath. I do not believe in destroying a child’s artwork in front of them and I tried not to rip the top sheet….however, J had other plans.
Here are some more ways to incorporate learning colors into your day:
-Dress in the color of the day
-Have a snack in that color (orange cheese, goldfish, carrots)
-Do a scavenger hunt and find as many objects in that color as possible
-Make a sensory tray only using that color
1 1/2 C flour
3/4 C salt
1 1/2 C water
1 Tbs vegetable oil
1/2 Tbs cream of tarter
As much food coloring as you wish
Put all ingredients into a pot on medium-low heat and stir occasionally until ingredients mold together into one lump. Then pour dough onto a piece of wax paper and let cool for a minutes.
Here’s a website with a bunch different ways to make playdough.