In paparim we have been enjoying an exploration of color! It all started with a ‘walking water’ experiment where we put alternating empty jars and a jar filled with colored water (in one of the three primary colors). We then put paper towels in neighboring cups all the way down and the water soaked through the paper towel or “walked’ from one jar to another. When water transferred from both the red and yellow jars into the empty jar in the middle, we discovered what happened when those colors mixed. This repeated itself down the line and we were able to see the color mixing process in action!
We extended on this by mixing primary colored vinegar and baking soda as well as play dough balls. We sat together and each child was given two primary colored balls (either red and yellow, yellow and blue or blue and red) and they mixed the two together until they got a secondary color. This was not only a great science experiment but they got to work those small motor skills as well!
In the block area children have been creating large 3D structures from translucent cups which cast beautiful shadows on our floor in the morning. The colors are bright, and it makes the building process even more interesting! The teacghers are looking forward to seeing where this process takes them next week and how they, as teachers, can support their interests through learning and play.