Welcome to the sixth week of my Color Week series! We are learning one color per week by incorporating different activities focusing on one color at a time. So far we have covered the primary colors, orange and purple. This week it’s time to cover the color green!
There are plenty of activities you can do for green week! Here are some of the ones we did and some extra ideas you can easily add in!
Ideas for Celebrating Green Week:
Make some slime! This slime is super easy to make and it’s taste friendly. It’s taste friendly because it’s just…jello! We made a green slime sensory bin with lime green jello and it was ooey gooey fun! I added some slimy creatures to it such as bugs, snakes, frogs and lizards.
Carter really enjoyed playing with his slime sensory bin. We played in the bathtub for super easy clean up. Who cares if it gets all over when you can just wash it away?! Add different toys in such as different size cups, scoops, animals or even toys cars. Or your kids can just enjoy squishing around in the slime.
For a green week craft we made these cute turtles out of egg cartons! Egg cartons are a great base for a lot of crafts and a good way to do a little up-cycling. For the turtles the kids can paint them green and glue on pom-poms for the head, eyes and flippers. Be sure to pre-cut the flippers out of green paper for little ones who are too young for scissors.
Get out in nature to see some green things up close! For this you could go for a nature walk, go fruit picking or even plant a garden at your house. Point out all the green plants and discuss how they are the same and how they are different. For older kids you can discuss what makes plants green and how plants grow.
Green Color Mixing Ideas
Try some green color mixing activities! There’s a few ways to do this. For example, you could put blue and yellow paint in a ziploc bag and allow your kid to squish it together to make green. You could also do a color bath by dropping yellow and blue color drops into the tub to see the effect of them mixing together. You can buy these pre-made at the store or make your own. Check out our DIY color drops here!
Another color mixing activity to try is a color mixing experiment, like we did in the picture above! Line up three glasses. Fill the outer two with water and leave the middle one empty. Add blue food coloring to one of the outer glasses and yellow to the other, mixing well. Make it dark so you can really see the color! Ripe off two paper towels and fold them up as shown above. Then, place one end in each of the outer glasses and the other ends into the middle glass.
Observe as the water starts to creep up the paper towels and into the middle glass, mixing the colors together to make green! This is a great activity for big kids too, they can do it as a science experiment and make predictions, observations and conclusions in their science journals.
Our last green week activity is a green triangle forest collage! For this activity just tape up some contact paper. Cut out green triangles and let your kids stick them onto the paper to make a forest. We used different materials to make our “trees” to add a sensory element. I cut triangles out of construction paper, tissue paper and foam paper.
This activity was a little bit of challenge for Riley, who is about 1 1/2. It was her first time using contact paper like this so she needed a little guidance. Older toddlers and preschoolers would have no problem with it though!
Other Green Week Ideas
That’s the end of our green week! But there are so many more things you can do! Dress up in green clothes, try out different green foods or make green smoothies. You could also make other green animal crafts such as paper plate frogs or toilet paper roll alligators. Let me know what you try!
Be sure to check out all our color week ideas here!