Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Color Squirt

I loosely follow the Hubbard's Cupboard 2s curriculum with Logan. This month we are doing fall activities. One of the suggestions was to create leaves of different colors, place them on the floor, throw a beanbag and name the color of the leaf. Logan had no real interest in this game. I played for about 5 minutes just trying to model how much fun it could be. After no more than 5 minutes I, too, quit. (I mean, I DO know my colors...)
Then I saw this post and had an "a-ha moment". The next day we were outside and I grabbed the chalk and  drew leaves of different colors. Then I would say a color and Logan would spray water on the colored leaf.
He loves the spray bottle. He usually uses it to clean supersoak the house.
It's amazing how a new activity can become engaging when we begin with a prior activity that interests the child.  Now, if only I can remember to do that every time we play!!
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9 comments:

  1. ooo very fun activity! My son loves any activity with water! So this would be a huge hit!

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  2. Oh I like your version! I like Hubbards Cupboard, too - we're doing the 3's curriculum - but my son doesn't show much interest in some of the activities there either, so we're trying to come up with our a-hah moments too! I might try this with my (almost) 2 yr old!

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  3. Oh I like your version! I like Hubbards Cupboard, too - we're doing the 3's curriculum - but my son doesn't show much interest in some of the activities there either, so we're trying to come up with our a-hah moments too! I might try this with my (almost) 2 yr old!

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  4. My son loves spray bottles too, he's such a water baby!

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  5. I love your honesty here! I swear, half of the "super fun" activities I find....my little guy couldn't care less. This is a perfect example of a little creativity going a long way.

    Thanks for the reminder!!

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  6. I love that your "a-ha!" moment meant that you got to combine what you wanted to do with something that he loved, and making it worthwhile for both of you :) Sometimes I could really do with one of those!

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  7. what a fun way to learn colours! both my kids love spray bottles and water :)

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  8. Great thinking! It's all about engaging them in the fun, and starting from what they already love is a fantastic way to go.

    And we all have activities which don't get far past the starting post :)

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  9. Your honesty is refreshing and will allow others to be creative and think of fun ways to teach their children. Thanks! I pinned this. Carolyn

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