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Olympic Games #15 – Olympic Color Activities for Kids

The Olympics are bright and vibrant with colors filling the days of the Games so today let’s fill the day with some Olympic color activities for kids.

Olympic color activities for kids

There is no doubt both kids and adults play with colors. Are the ads on TV in black and white? Are signs that warn of danger and how to move safely in traffic in grey and brown? Do flowers come all in the same color? Even nature is rich with color. Color can be a part of your child’s day, both at play and helping with tasks, in ways that are easy and fun.

A very simple game is I Spy A Color. Either you or your child can choose a color and an item of that color and invite the other to play. “I spy something yellow,” is a challenge to name yellow things in a room or space. A reply might be, “Is it the book on the table?” Guesses continue until one of you gets the object. Continue taking turns and changing colors. In our kitchen, it’s the yellow gloves for washing dishes.

Olympic color activities for kids

Find a Rainbow is another color game. This can be played anywhere. You say a color and your child finds something that color. Name as many colors as are appropriate for your child. For young ones, this may only be three or four. For older kids, you might do basic colors and several others, like grey, brown, beige, turquoise, etc. Make up a few silly words or find something multi-colored that needs lots of names, like orangey-purple-greenish for some color fun. Kids can choose the colors and you can find something. Make a few mistakes so your child has to correct you. This usually adds some giggles.

The Olympic rings are blue, black, red, yellow, and green. Just the same as ones in a box of food coloring, except for black. Not all Olympic color activities explode and bubble with color, but this one does. Spoon some baking soda into a pie tin or other shallow container. In four small dishes, like the pots from apple sauce pour in a couple of spoonfuls of vinegar. Add a few drops of blue to one pot of vinegar, and red to a second one, yellow to a third, and green to the last. With an eye dropper, kids can squeeze up one color of vinegar solution and squirt it onto the baking soda. Suddenly, the color starts to bubble and spread. Kids repeat this for all four colors. They can try and make a black ring by mixing some of the colors. The result is sort of black.

science color fizzy fun baking soda vinegar

Include color in tasks and chores around the house. Sort the laundry into colors. Unload of one color dishes from the dishwasher. Then, do another color until it is empty. Kids can pick up all of one color toy from the floor to put away. Hint: choose the color of the most toys on the floor first. Once they are put away, it doesn’t look like so much left to do.

Olympic color activities for kids

Colors can influence our mood. Learning colors is really complicated with so many shades to go with only a few names. Can you add some fun and learning to your child’s day with Olympic color activities and play?

Space Fun #9: Space Art Activities for Kids

The possibilities for space art activities are like space: endless. From simple to complex, easy to challenging, there are ones to appeal to all kids.

What shape are planets? As far as we know, they are round. In pictures, planets are circles. A very special kind of paper is circles and it’s found right in the kitchen. Coffee filters. While they are only one shape, planets can be any color.

space art activities

Using markers, kids color all over the coffee filter planets. They can do just one or as many as they like. Fortunately, dollar stores have really big packs of filters at very reasonable prices. Once the planets are ready, it’s time for some art and science magic. Protecting the table or counter with an old towel is a good idea, especially before doing the next part.

What do scientists hope to find on planets? They look for water. With a squirt bottle, kids spray water on the planets. This makes the colors of the markers spread out and blend, changing colors in some places as the water and colors mix. When dry, these are colorful to hang up in a window. Since the filters are so light, a small piece of tape is usually enough.

Kids might want to name their planet. Are the colors different things on the planets? Water might not be blue on another planet, it could be red or purple. Plants might be pink or yellow instead of green. This could be either confusing or helpful for learning colors. Wouldn’t it be unusual if mud was a bright color instead of brown or grey?

Some planets might be all one color. Squirting with water creates different effects even with all the same color. Coloring and squirting is also a fun way to create aliens.

Not all children are particularly interested in art, even space art activities. Nor, do all kids like to draw and color. But a squirt bottle adds a whole lot more fun factor. Maybe this play-of-the-day is playnetary?

Outside Leprechaun Walk Looking For Green

A treasure arrived in our area today, a very welcome sun! We’re going outside for a leprechaun walk looking for green. Maybe we’ll see one.

spring-bushA leprechaun walk looking for green is a sort of treasure hunt. For younger kids, it may be enough fun just to be outside and occasionally notice something green. Older kids may enjoy taking a paper to make a list of all the green things they find.

What’s outside that’s green? In our area, the grass is showing green. Unfortunately, there are quite a few green weeds poking up in the rocks in the beds. There are some green bushes and a couple of houses. We couldn’t see any green cars at all. At the intersection down the hill, the light was sometimes green.

Noticing colors seems like an ordinary, mundane activity. It might look that way, but it is really challenging for brains. Some information on-line states the human eye can distinguish about 7 to 10 million different colors. That’s a staggering number for kids to be able to match any color to its right name. There may not be many words for all these colors for kids to learn, but figuring out which ones belong to which name is an enormous task. Picking things that are green can be lots of brain exercise. There will be many variations on the color itself, and many different items that will be green. This is true for every single other color too.

leprechaun green huntWhen you are out with your child, you can ask questions such as, “Is that car green?” The likely response will be no because there are so few. Other questions like, “Is the grass green?” will have a yes answer. These answers will give you an indication of how your child is doing matching colors to names. If your child isn’t there yet, you can ask what’s green and find items yourself. Learning colors is very complicated. It takes time and lots of color experiences. Of course, fun makes it easier.

Today is also our garbage pick-up. Little Sister noticed before anyone else that the trash can is green. While adults know the names of colors, we often don’t notice things that are obvious and ordinary. Sometimes, kids’ eyes see more than ours. What does your child see on a leprechaun walk to look for green?

Color and Sensory Play: Soap Foam Rainbow

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Color Play for One-to-One Matching

Colors can be used for some amazing play opportunities. Unexpectedly, doing some exercises led to color play for one-to-one matching. Children’s play is immensely interesting to watch. Given time and space to play, kids will challenge themselves to solve problems while they are having fun. Little Sister started out with a 4 soft mats in … Continue reading Color Play for One-to-One Matching

Art Activities for Color Play and Learning

Art activities for color play include more than drawing. Stickers, tissue paper, and even coffee filters are inexpensive materials for playing with colors. A bag of dollar stickers can be fun for younger toddlers and older preschoolers. We opened a bag and poured some stickers into a plate so the pieces were easier to see. … Continue reading Art Activities for Color Play and Learning

Colors of Childhood: Adventure in Flying Color

This weekend, we wanted to do a nature activity but the fall weather is cool and rainy. A trip to a butterfly garden was an adventure in flying color. The butterfly garden only about an hour from where we live is more than a garden, it’s really a sort of indoor rain forest with tropical … Continue reading Colors of Childhood: Adventure in Flying Color

Colors of Childhood: Early Social Skills for Kids

Not only can colors be fun for math, science, and art but also for learning about relationships. Colors can also help with early social skills for kids. All humans share some common characteristics and each of us has some unique ones. Learning about personal identity will be something that begins in childhood and continues our … Continue reading Colors of Childhood: Early Social Skills for Kids