Our color this week was brown. I'm not sure if it's me, but this color doesn't come as easily as the others. They like to call this color black, even though they identify black correctly. I keep trying.
Our first page for the color book was a acorn. My plan was to find some acorns outside and "marble" paint with them to make our acorn picture brown. Well, too little too late. I looked all around for acorns. We have some oak trees at the end of the street that are always full of acorns, so I thought for sure there would be some lying around. I plowed through mounds of leaves, but did not find one acorn--the squirrels beat me to it.
So I put on my thinking cap--what to do, what to do? I thought about raiding the wooden beads as there are lots of different shapes, but wasn't happy with the idea. Then I found some tissue paper squares and thought that would look neat--no brown. So I thought I would cut up some tissue paper--no brown. Finally, I saw my 500 brown bags and decided I would cut them up into squares and use them. The children painted the acorn with glue and put on the squares.
The second page was "Spot" the dog. I had cut out small brown circles-ovals and the children glued on spots then colored.
My favorite idea this week was for the sensory activity. I decided to have "worms in brown mud." I cooked up some spaghetti--which I left in the refrigerator at home. Mrs. T was great enough to have some Ramen noodles in her cabinet that she cooked up quickly for me. Then I added brown paint to the noodles to make it look like we had some worms in mud. Well, I think I may have sold the idea too well. I got words like, icky, gross, ooo, "do I have to touch it," etc. I was shocked. I explained over and over again it was just noodles in paint. I thought for sure they would love this. They liked fingerpaint, why not this? Oh well I tried. Everyone at least touched it, but no one really "got into" it. Maybe it will leave a lasting brown impression though.