Welcome to the October box!
Let's look at this month's theme
Aside from a fun book this month, we also have our activity theme based around ‘colours’. As parents of a 2.5 year old (Anne’s daughter) and a 3.5 year old (Linzi’s daughter), we have been interested in how they engage with colours and learn to differentiate between them.
Our activities this month are all about recognising and identifying colours, but we wanted to also share some ideas for additional activities and conversations that you might find helpful.
Activity 1 - valuing all colours equally:
Starting early with valuing all colours as beautiful can be impactful for questioning society’s messages later.
In a lot of ‘mainstream’ children’s books you may notice that the ‘bad’ characters are wearing black clothes, with dark hair and those that are ‘good characters’ have light colour clothes, hair etc.
Although this is slowly changing, there is still enough of it to make an impact, so it’s good to understand early how this may be affecting your child’s perception.
Why not start exploring what your child thinks of different colours, by pointing the colours out as you pass them throughout the day - and asking which ones your child likes, and why. Also - you could start pointing to examples where dark colours are celebrated, like - black diamonds and pearls!
For your own reading - check out how colours are used as symbols in cultures with this fascinating chart.
Activity 2 - learning the colours:
Painting with base ‘RYB’ colours (blue, yellow and red) and seeing how, by mixing these, you get the secondary colours of orange, purple and green. If you want to go even further, you can then start mixing blue and orange for example, which will then give you brown.
We’ve found this super useful to help learning the colour names - starting with red, blue and yellow first. Once your child is clear about these, then you can move on to naming and pointing out the secondary colours, and then all the shades that follow with different amounts of different colours mixed together.
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