Color Walks: Seeing Colors in Our World
Grade Level: Preschool to Kindergarten Type: Physical Science
For this project young children observe, record, and create collections of colors in their world and increase their powers of observation.
Do you see the color [insert color of the day]? Look carefully – it is hidden everywhere! (This makes a nice “sight” component for a larger project on the five senses. See also the Shape Walks science fair project.)
- Nice days for walks
- Simple, inexpensive digital camera (one that young children can use)
- Color printer (or a print shop)
- Poster boards in each color of the day or 8.5x11 card stock and string or stapler
- Choose a “color of the day.”
- Go for a walk in your neighborhood looking for that color.
- Whenever you find an example of the color, take a photograph of it.
- Later, print out photos of your best examples.
- Using the photographs, posterboard in the color of the day, and glue, make a poster for that color. (Label the poster with the word for that color.)
- Alternatively, use the card stock to create a book (instead of a poster) of your color.
- Repeat for all the basic colors. When you get a nice collection of these posters or books side by side, they become quite striking!
Terms/Concepts: five senses, sense of sight, color, red, blue, green, yellow, orange, purple, black, white, brown
For more practice, cook a batch of Rainbow Stew!
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