- Colour: learning the definitions of warm and cool colours
Yummy is very interested in sewing needles, despite the few pricks she's gotten from handling them. I keep a few pins in her sewing kit, so while I do my own sewing she works beside me and pins bits of fabric together (Yes, I keep a close eye on her while she wields sharp objects). I also made up some sewing cards for her but they don't hold her interest for very long. When I saw these gorgeous beads at the thrift store, I snapped them up, thinking that Yummy would love to create something with them. The other day I laid out the bowl of beads, some stretchy beading thread and a needle to invite Yummy to create a necklace with me. I chose to use the opportunity to introduce her the definitions for warm and cool colours.
To help her remember, I told her that the warm colours are reds, yellows, and oranges -colours that make us think of sunshine and fire, warm and got things. Cool colours are greens, blues, and purples -like water, oceans, mermaids, snowy cool things.
Next I had her choose a warm colour to start and alternate each bead in the sequence: warm, cool, warm, etc. She forgot a few times which colours were warm and cool, but the descriptions I have her helped (Can you find a colour that looks like sunshine? Which colour looks like the water in our pool?).
Yummy was able to practice her fine -motor skills as well as learn more detail about colour.
This activity explores this element of visual art: