If our week had a color, it would certainly be orange!
This afternoon, Lila asked for her water bottle. As it was handed to her, she exclaimed,
“What else is orange?” a teacher asked.
“Like a pumpkin!” she replied.
“The paint. We mixed it.” Ian chimed in.
This conversation may have been just a quick moment, but it centered around our activities of the whole week
In small groups we explored color mixing, inspired by the changing leaves scattered around the playground. A clear tray with with orange leaves inside was filled with red and yellow paint. Using paintbrushes to swirl the colors, something new emerged … orange! Each shade was a little bit different and we bottled it for painting next week. With pumpkins as inspiration, we will soon create individual art pieces with our custom colors.
Other small groups explored pumpkins. The first days, we painted the pumpkins an array of colors. To practice our motor skills, we decided to hammer wooden golf tees into them using mallets and rocks. Our colorful studded pumpkins were a sight to behold! Finally today, we opened them up and answered our weeklong question of what was inside
“Snakes,” thought Ariana
“Seeds,” said Ian
“Lions and tigers,” thought Jack B.
“Stuff. Fluff.” said Aiden.
The answer turned out to be seeds, along with slippery, mushy, gushy, cold, wet pumpkin guts!
Some children loved the sensory experience, while other were content to watch their friends explore.
“Is it cold or warm?” …. “Cold!”
“Is it wet or dry?” ….. “Wet!”
“is it soft or hard?” … “Hard” … “No, Soft!”
Next week, our fall thread will continue as we make headway on a long term project of a rainbow leaf collage, more pumpkin decorating, and orange paintings!