But, there are a lot of great teaching opportunities, too! Here’s how we played with the concept of color shades recently.
- play dough (homemade or store bought) in at least two colors
Invitation to Learn & Play
- Can you name the different colors?
- Try mixing two colors together – Does the play dough change color altogether? Does it get lighter? Does it get darker?
- Can you name the new colors you created? – Here’s an opportunity to introduce more than just ROYGBIV to your little one (try chartreuse, tangerine, aqua, lavender)
- Can you name some objects that are [color]?
- Form balls of different colors – Which ball is lighter? Which is darker?
- Can you line the balls up in order from lightest to darkest?
- Think about what makes a color lighter or darker – If you add a light color to a dark color, will it get darker or lighter? Does the amount of each color matter?
This activity is easily extendable to the concept of size (big, bigger, biggest, etc.).
What are your favorite ways to incorporate some learning into your play dough play?