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Noticing the Rainbow Around Us – ORANGE

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The unique thing about orange is that it is a fruit, a flavor and a scent in addition to being a color!  As a color orange is certainly not as prevalent as red, but we still managed to find quite a lot of it around us.

The orange haul!

The orange haul!

A few of the kids did manage to WEAR orange!

READ ORANGE BOOKS – we didn’t have many on our shelves, but the library yielded several

An Orange in January by Dianna Hutts Aston  A neat story that starts with the orange trees blossoming and ends with kids sharing an orange.

Orange Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett  A silly board book that Naomi especially liked.

Each Orange Had 8 Slices by Paul Giganti, Jr.  A fairly advanced counting book (more like advanced addition or multiplication).   Definitely created my own text for the little kids. 

A Star in My Orange by Dana Meachen Rau  A unique shape book.

An Orange for Frankie by Patricia Polacco  A christmas story for the big kids that made me cry (as many of this author’s books do)!

The Pumpkin Patch Parable by Liz Curtis Higgs  It may be spring-time, but . . . pumpkins are orange!

Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White  Again, more fitting for fall reading, but probably my favorite pumpkin story of all.

Mop Top by Don Freeman  The only thing orange about this book is the illustrations; great story about a boy who doesn’t want a haircut.

Sam and the Tigers by Julius Lester   A modern re-do of “Little Black Sambo” that my kids love; the tigers, of course, are orange.

The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss  A boy’s patience and diligence are rewarded when he refuses to be discouraged by those around him.


We did manage to find a number of orange toys and various objects around the house.  If you have trouble finding much orange around your house, check the garage!  You may not want to cart those things into the house (we left the bike, extension cords and chainsaw there) but it may be good source of orange treasure.

Orange balloons were the prize of the week when everything was returned to its proper place.


Doing this one in the fall may seem like a better idea, but the scarcity of orange objects around made the few discoveries even more exciting.  We also saw a surprising number of orange cars and trucks out on the road this week!


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Carrots – how many ways can you eat a carrot? Try this slaw recipe if you don’t like the standard shredded carrot, mayo, raisin salad.

Oranges – how many ways can you cut an orange?

Goldfish Crackers

Colby cheese (or orange cheddar)

Dried apricots or mangos

Sweet potatoes

Pumpkin or winter squashes

If its rainy or cold and you want to bake try pumpkin bread or carrot muffins.


The orange crayons, markers and pencils certainly made their appearance, but we kids also made some shape collages.



Plant some carrot seeds (remember that they really do take a long time to sprout!) or pumpkin seeds.  Marigolds or nasturtiums would work if you prefer flowers.

INSPIRING THE OLDER CROWD – the little ones may also enjoy reading about the first two topics

Common Clown Fish


Learn why cheese is sometimes orange.  Read this post at  (I’ve also found some really yummy recipes there.)

Research the history of Orange County, California.  What other states also boast an Orange County and why?

I enjoyed reading this novel: One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street by Joanne Rocklin.  A mysterious story of camaraderie among neighbors; you may want your kids to be 10 or 12 before handing it to them.


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