We did do a YELLOW TREASURE HUNT with homemade lemonade as the “prize.”
1 generous cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 medium lemon washed and sliced thinly
2/3 cup organic crystallized cane juice (sugar); you could also use rapadura or maple syrup, but the lemonade won’t be yellow!
4 cups water
Macerate sliced lemon in sugar in the bottom of your pitcher. Let the kids squish it around really well (a potato masher works great) to release all the juice and start dissolving the sugar. Add lemon juice and mix well to continue dissolving the sugar. Add water and mix again. Fish out all the lemon peels and seeds if you wish and serve.
Our YELLOW OBSERVATION WALK turned up a few flowers, road signs and school busses.
Curious George by H. A. Rey George may not have come to us without the “big yellow hat”!
The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack Classic tale set on the “beautiful yellow waters of the Yangtze River.”
Red and Yellow’s Noisy Night by Josh Selig Short story about considering others and mutually beneficial compromise.
In My New Yellow Shirt by Eileen Spinelli A young boy’s imagination lets him experience many “yellow” adventures.
Yellow Umbrella by Jae Soo Liu An unusual wordless book accompanied by an enjoyable instrumental CD.
The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger One leaf joins another to encourage it on it’s new adventure.
One Yellow Lion by Matthew van Fleet Fun, colorful counting book; good for guessing on the first read through and remembering on subsequent reads.
Potato prints and apple prints may be common . . . we made lemon prints. These were very simple and a lot of fun.
One thing about kids and art is that if they really like the project they want to make another . . . and another . . . and another . . . and soon we run out of paper! For some reason I had a stash of small pieces of cardboard saved from the sides of thin cardboard boxes (kleenex, tea, etc.). These made great, sturdy art boards that took paint well. I will be sure to keep recycling these treasures in the future!
For the older kids:
Yellow Fever Yellow Death: A True Story of Medical Sleuthing by Suzanne Jurmain Fascinating reading about the team who worked in Cuba to determine the cause and cure for a mysterious disease.
The Yangtze River
Old Yeller by Fred Gipson
The Yellow House Mystery (Boxcar Children #3) by Gertrude Chandler Warner
The Yellow Star by Carmen Agra Deedy
An extra YELLOW PROJECT (some say that yellow makes one hungry . . . apparently it made us creative!) was making naturally dyed yellow play-dough.
1 cup white flour
1/2 cup salt
2 teaspoons cream of tartar*
3/4 teaspoon turmeric**
1 cup water
1 tablespoon oil
Measure first 4 ingredients into medium, thick bottomed pan. Mix briefly to combine. Combine water and oil and pour into dry ingredients. Cook on medium heat, stirring with a whisk to get out all the lumps. It will thicken as it cooks; you may need to switch to stirring with a wooden spoon. It is finished cooking when it all stirs together into a lump. Remove pan from heat and dump play-dough out onto a sheet of wax paper, parchment paper or foil. Carefully knead the play-dough (it will be very hot–I like to use something under it that is large enough to fold over the top and make it slightly easier to touch) to remove any remaining lumps. Divide among the kids when cool enough for them to handle. Recipe will double easily. Store in an air-tight container or zippered bag.
*Don’t be tempted to skip this unless you want moldy play-dough! It has a preserving effect and will allow you to store the play-dough for months.
**Turmeric is a ground spice that naturally gives the play-dough a dark yellow color. I don’t think the turmeric stained anyone’s hands or clothing, but it will leave a yellow stain on your counter if you spill it there. A couple days’ worth of washing the counters will remove it. Another natural alternative is to soak a few saffron threads in the water before adding the oil; remove them before adding the oil and mixing with the dry ingredients.
If you want to color your play-dough with ordinary food coloring, add it to the water and oil mixture rather than the dry ingredients.