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Our Many Colored Weeks – Noticing the Rainbow Around Us

source: D Sharon Pruitt

source: D Sharon Pruitt

We’re spending each of the next six or seven weeks focusing on a color of the rainbow. ( I haven’t decided if indigo and violet will be two weeks or get lumped into one week of purple.)  My two girls are both three years old and fairly color savvy.  They love to notice all the “matches” around them, and we often talk about the colors of objects.  I don’t consider it imperative that we make sure they know their colors at this stage.  I do, however want to make a priority of planning ideas that they will have fun with.  I spend a lot of time planning and doing school work with their older brothers, and sometimes it just seems like the young ones get left out or pushed aside.

I’m sure color recognition will be strengthened throughout our adventure, but my main focus is three-fold:

  1. Spend time having fun with the younger members of our family
  2. Notice the wonderful variety of color that God has placed into our world
  3. Encourage gratitude for simple blessings

Our times will include, among other things, reading, eating, nature walks and artwork.  I will plan to post about each color as we complete it.  For now I will leave you with a few of our favorite multi-colored books and games.

BOOKS

Hailstones and halibut bones by Mary O’Neill (we have an out of print version; I’m not familiar with the illustrations in the newer ones)

Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert

Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert

Freight Train by Donald Crews

Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Eric Carle

Vincent’s Colors

GAMES

UNO

Dutch Blitz (OK – this one is not for the young ones, but the big guys have started to enjoy it with me!)

Jumping Pixies

Duplo Legos

Andrew loved making unique lego creations out of each color.

Andrew loved making lego creations out of a single color.


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Easy Homemade Marble Game

Are you familiar with the little games that involve rolling small round objects around a board in an attempt to lodge them in shallow divots?  Here’s a make-your-own version that my nearly six year old son, Andrew, loved.  With only three steps (the third one being to play the game!) it can’t be beat for simplicity.

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Supplies:

  • a cardboard box or tray (we happened to have a shallow tray, but even a shoe box would work)
  • scissors
  • markers
  • marbles

Step 1:  Design the Gameboard

If your box has a flip-top cover, cut that off.  Use markers to create any fun picture or design on the floor of the box.  Be creative.  Pick an animal, a geometric design, a landscape–anything that suits you.

Andrew’s first choice was a lizard, but he didn’t want to draw it.  Thankfully he agreed to a snake which was easier for me!  I was happy to draw the snake for him, but I did want it to be his project so encouraged him to color or decorate it.  He didn’t know what to do, so I added a stripe to the snake.  That was cool, so he wanted to do the rest of the stripes.  Each time I suggested something he’d say, “What’s it look like?”  I’d make a sample and he would add his own versions.  Eventually he took over, adding grass and decorating the edges and the bottom of the box too.

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Step 2:  Make the Divots

Decide how many holes you want and where in the design you will place them.  Use a pair of pointed scissors to poke a hole.  Wiggle and twist the scissors to make the hole bigger and round.

Test one of your marbles to see if it sits in the hole comfortably.  You don’t want the marble to fall through the hole, but you do want to be able to manipulate the box and have one or more marbles stay put while you try to lodge the remaining ones.

If you trust your child to poke the holes himself, go for it.  I was more comfortable doing this myself.  I also trimmed the excess cardboard off the edges of the holes on the bottom of the box–not necessary, but it made me happy.

Step 3:  Play the Game!

Put your marbles in the box and see how you do!  Use a marble for each hole or add an extra.  Keep track of which color gets left out each time.  Use fewer marbles than the number of holes and try to make the marbles land in different holes each time.

Have fun.