Monday, May 27, 2013

Color of the Week: Gray

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In our final week in this series we explored the color GRAY.  
I'll admit we didn't get into many activities that much this week. We've been a very busy family, but we did do a few activities this week centered around gray.

Color of the Week: Gray

Gray Objects Exploration Bin
As always, the first thing we do on the first day of our color themed weeks, is walk around the house and gather a bunch of our toys and other objects for the color of the week. This serves as a bit of an introduction to the color of the week and we also explore this bowl all throughout the week. I keep it right on the dining room table and we often go through this bowl and talk about the things in it during breakfast, lunch or dinner. For my 20 month old, it serves as a great way to identify and verbalize new objects, experience different shapes and textures, as well as different shades of our color.  For my oldest, it's a great tool for encouraging language and communication.
Gray Objects Sensory Exploration Bin

Stormy Sky Painting
On an appropriately gloomy day, we mixed black and white paint to make gray so 
we could paint the stormy skys. The color mixing was part of the fun!
Color mixing to make gray

We added some blue to make raindrops. 
Stormy sky painting

Gray Rice Sensory Bin
I used our homemade gray dyed rice to create this simple sensory bin.
To see how to color rice and noodles to use for sensory play, click HERE.
Gray Colored Rice Sensory Bin

What else did we do?
Here are a few other very simple ways we focused on "gray" this week

--We identified gray everywhere we went. If something was gray, frequently I identified it and said it outloud. "The car is gray."  "The dog is gray." "What color her shirt? Her dress is gray!" You can never have too much repetition! However, we didn't leave out or ignore other colors though. In our everyday play I still identified other colors, I just put a lot of focus on gray specifically!

We checked out these GRAY ANIMALS, 

We read our books with gray covers, themes, or characters...which meant LOTS of "Elephant and Piggie" books, by Mo Willems. 

-We watched THIS little story about Gray Flay on Youtube. (kinda silly and random, but L liked it)

And that concludes our series! 
I hope you enjoyed our Color of the Week Series as much as we did! To see ALL of our color themed weeks and activities, click the photo below!

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1 comment:

  1. This was a great series! Thank you so much for your dedication to this project.


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