Introducing Handmade Orange.

It’s so fun to study colors in Kindergarten.

For our study of orange, everyone will be asked to wear something orange to school. During our Morning Meeting, we’ll go around our circle and each student will name the clothing item that contains the color orange.

We’ll conduct the great Buoyancy Science Experiment. This sink-or-float experiment will then become a background knowledge connection when we conduct our candy bar float-or-sink experiments near Halloween.

Then we’ll work with Paint Baggies.
You need:

  • sandwich-size Ziploc baggies
  • red paint
  • yellow paint
  • packing tape
  • Sharpie

Directions for adult:

  1. Write a child’s name on a baggie. Repeat for each child. Make one for yourself.
  2. Open the baggie and squirt red paint in the bottom corner of the baggie.
  3. Squirt a larger squirt of yellow paint in the opposite corner of the baggie.
  4. Seal the baggie and secure the top of the baggie with packing tape. You don’t want any of the paint to leak from the baggie!
  5. Ask the kids to identify the two colors and ask them to predict what they think will happen once they mix the red and yellow paints. Graph their predictions.
  6. Using your baggie, show the kids how to gently knead the paints together to mix the colors. If they are too rough, the baggies will rip. And, I only show how to move the paints over. I let them enjoy the surprise of the new color they’ll be creating.
  7. Pass out their baggies and let them mix.

After all of the kids have mixed their colors, compare the different shades of orange. I hang all of the baggies on a clothesline that I have in the classroom.

While we’re discussing the different shades that we’re seeing, we’ll move into a discussion about our skin and our different skin shades. We’ll compare our arms with one another. I do this every year and the kids come up with the same conclusion — We are happy we have skin, our world would be boring if we all looked the same and liked the same things.

After our discussion, I’ll read-aloud is It’s Okay to Be Different (Todd Parr). The book includes important messages of understanding, acceptance and confidence. I wonder if anyone will ask their parents for pet worms this year.

As it turns out, the study of just one color, orange, can lead us in to so many different areas and important discoveries.