This is week two of a seven week unit on the colors of the rainbow, culminating in a “review week” where we talk about rainbows.
The purpose of this unit is to teach the colors, encourage recognition and differentiation of color, and to explain the reason we have rainbows.
Our Bible verse for the unit is Genesis 9:13, 15: “I set my [rain]bow in the cloud…I will remember.” We will be doing a lot of Noah’s ark discussion during this unit. We will also be working on a craft project throughout the unit that ties into the Noah’s ark theme.
Here is a glimpse at our week in orange:
I created an orange sensory bin for G to play with. It included a stuffed clown fish, a lei, a headband, a kazoo, a star cookie cutter, a textured pumpkin, and an microfiber cloth (all in shades of orange).
At first I just put the orange items in the bin, but later I added some orange colored rice and an orange bowl and cup for her to get her hands into. This is so messy, but I can tell she really enjoys it.
The big hit of the sensory bin was the kazoo. We had tried a kazoo unsuccessfully a little while back. This time around we talked about humming and she was able to make noise with the kazoo. So much so that she wanted to teach others how it worked. Thank goodness we had our trusty orange friend to help us play with the sensory bin items.
We painted with orange paint. We started out with a brush, but we added in an orange and our fingers and feet. I focused on pointing out the different textures created by painting with different items. The orange peel produced a different texture than the brush.
And when we made our finger prints, we discovered a new word: ridges! She got down on her tummy on the ground to look extra intently at the ridges in her finger prints. She also delighted over the impressions her feet made on the paper! Then she decided it was time to paint her head – oh what fun! And then it was time for a bath!
We made orange juice for breakfast. And ate goldfish for lunch with our peanut butter and orange marmalade sandwiches, cut out with our orange star cookie cutter. We ate oranges often (a good thing for a girl fighting off a cold).
I rigged up a spent paper towel roll on the legs of one of our chairs and showed G how to stuff small foam blocks into the roll and watch them fall into a fish bowl beneath. She was struggling with the fish bowl for a while (she kept moving it with her feet, so the block would not fall into it), so we just removed it and she had success stuffing the blocks and watching them fall. Great cause and effect stuff. We also worked on dropping the blocks and some wooden beads into the fishbowl and then dumping them out. These blocks and beads also found their way into the sensory bin by the end of the week.
We also took orange pipe cleaners and stuffed them into different bottles. This was not a hit initially, but she got the hang of it and returned to it on her own a few times throughout the week.
Arts & Crafts
We colored with orange crayons and made a tiger as part of a craft project we are doing for the entire color unit. We talked about what sound tigers make (“Rawr”), their stripes, and what they eat (bananas, according to G; deer, according to D; and snakes, according to me).
We read books with Noah, rainbows, and colors trying to focus on the color orange. We don’t have any books that are specifically about or focused solely on orange. If anybody knows of any, please leave a comment (we will be coming back around to this unit for W).
Out & About
We went to look at the orange trees at Aunt Sheila’s house (how perfect that it is orange season in Southern California – I had no idea)
and went on an orange scavenger hunt inside with Grandma.
All this while wearing an orange hat, sometimes backwards, sometimes forwards.
Oh, what a marvelously fun week we had! Can’t wait for yellow!