Monsters Love Colors
I love this book as much as a rainbow swirl monster with raspberry on top. <3 p="">
Monster ScienceWe did a monster science experiment with this book. We used play dough to explore how colors change. We began with the primary colors of play dough. The boys added wiggle eyes to create monsters. As we read the book, they pulled off a bit of the big monsters to make new monsters. Play dough is a great way for kids to observe color change. It takes awhile to knead the play dough and kids can watch the change taking place.
Writing about ScienceI would love for my son to practice writing in his journal every day. The expectations for Kindergarten writing has really grown in past years. To become better writers, children need lots of opportunities to write. Unfortunately, at the end of the day Logan doesn't want to journal, practice handwriting, or even draw or color. If we do science experiments and write about them in our science notebooks, though, he is super happy to write. He wants to be a scientist someday!
There are many ways to draw and write about this experiment. Allow your kids to draw a picture of the monsters, write or draw an equation sentence (blue + yellow = green), paint the monsters and then mix the paint to form new monsters, label with color words, etc.
Further DiscussionExplain to children that all substances have certain properties that can be observed and that can be changed. What changes did we observe in the properties of the playdough? (Color change, size change, etc). Can we reverse these changes?
Halloween is such a wonderful time for exploring science. Monsters Love Colors is a great seasonal book, but would also work year round for exploring colors. If you'd like more ideas for exploring science for Halloween, check out this pumpkin cano sensory science experiment by Little Bins for Little Hands.