With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, I thought it’d be a great time to introduce Primary and Secondary colors to my preschooler. Rainbows are a constant fixture in his drawings daily so I wanted to him learn the colors that made up the rainbow.
First, I pointed out that red, yellow and blue are called primary colors. He put a dab of each color on his paper. Then the fun began when I asked him to mix certain colors. He began by mixing red and yellow. You should’ve seen the excitement and squeals when the color turned to orange. He then mixed yellow & blue to get green and added equal parts of blue & red to get violet. We then talked about the color indigo and mixed 2 parts blue to 1 part red. He was able to see that the rainbow was made of these 7 colors.
After he had sufficient time to play around with the colors and we sang a few songs about the colors of the rainbow, I gave him oil pastels and a paper to draw a rainbow. He was directed to draw the rainbow in the right order.
Oil pastels have become a favorite in our house recently especially the Cray Pass Junior Artist brand as it’s nontoxic. The colors are so vibrant and so easy to blend.
With my first grader, I used the directed drawing approach. I printed the free directions from firstgradeblueskies. Since I’m artistically challenged, this was great for me as well 🙂 This approach helps children to listen and follow directions well.
We also read books on St. Patrick’s Day and looked up information online about St.Patrick. We learned how he spread the Gospel and found many churches in Ireland. The kids love Geography so we identified Ireland, it’s capital and surrounding countries. We also read about Irish traditions, food and culture.
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