Leaves, leaves, and more LEAVES! Our collection of leaves from our nature walks has provided us with a plethora of nature inspired activities! Gotta love free natural learning tools! :-)
Over the past couple of weeks we have been separating and labeling leaves according to their sizes. This week we continued our practice with colors. The kiddos sorted through a basket of leaves and taped them onto the paper with the coordinating color written on it. This experience not only helped us distinguish color differences, but also helped us recognize color words and spell them out. During our Together Time, we can count how many leaves of each color we have, therefore, reinforcing our counting skills. T and F took it upon themselves to add more leaves on our posters throughout the day.
"I have an idea! I'll do the tape and you hold the leaf!" - F to T
"No bugs on there!" - T exclaimed as he used the magnifying glass to check for bugs before placing the leaf on the paper.
The two friends even smelled the leaves to put their noses to work.
"It smells like peppermint coffee!" - T
"It smells like chocolate!" - F
*Fall Watercolor Absorption Invitation*
After observing how much our friends enjoyed our color mixing area we HAD to bring it out for another week. This time we added sponges and cotton balls to explore absorption. R discovered that he could soak up water directly from the drop cloth. F and W worked together to keep the liquid from falling off of the table. F used a cotton ball to suck up the water while W folded up the cloth to prevent any further spilling.
Throughout this experience, our kiddos actively participated in friendly conversations.
"I'm making a bomb." - F
"That doesn't sound very nice." - R
(Our kiddos know we have a rule against using weapons because they're not nice. It was refreshing to hear them already making the connection on their own.)
"I'm making poison." - R and T
"Poison ivy." - R
"I'm making watercolors! I made it filled up!" - W (He filled the glass all the way to the tippy top using the pipette.)
"It'll have sparkles if I put another color into the red." - T
"It looks like a bloody nose!" - F said as he put a cotton ball into the red watercolor.