Monday, May 18, 2009

Nature Search by colors

I included something fun in my 4yos boxes that I thought I'd share.  It was relatively simple to do and would be easy to adjust and change to fit your child/schedule/time of year too.

The only thing that wasn't simple is that it rained the day I first put it in his box and seemed to rain many more days that week too.  We finally did it on an overcast afternoon.  He liked the activity and I'm sure we'll do it again.

The set-up is simple.  I took a muffin tray (I used a six count) and put in 6 differently colored pieces of paper.  His goal was to find something in nature that was the same color and include it in his box if possible. 

We looked around our yard for things.  This would be fun to do in other places as well. 

Here is something yellow (well, mostly). 

Red/dark pink




Blue was a little tricky.  He looked all over the yard with no luck.  (I should have picked a different color.  lol)  Then he asked if he could choose this.  He later chose the sky although it wasn't really blue on that particular day. 

 Daniel was proud of his finds and enjoyed showing them to family and friends. 

I could see doing this in non-nature settings too - at the grocery store, at the zoo, at the bookstore, wherever you might be.  Just an easy and fun way to explore colors, to sharpen your observation skills and to discuss what is going on around you.





  1. Hey Leslie,

    I loved this color/nature exploration lesson. I am laughing at his choice for "brown." While there were many smaller items readily availbe to choose for that color, leave it to a precious little boy to choose a giant stick!! lol

  2. This Kristi from need to register with homeschool blogger :). Thanks for another great idea!! I am getting so many wonderful ideas from you. I am going to the conference. Will 5 in a Row have a booth there this year? That is where I met you two years ago, I think.

  3. Leslie,

    That's a great idea. I think I will expand on it a bit and have them make up and tell me a story when they bring the tray to show me :) (Some of my ladies are GREAT impromptu story tellers!)

  4. What a fun idea!!! I bet the boys would love some variation of that on our nature walks!

  5. Thanks friends! I'm glad this was helpful. Yes, the stick had me laughing too! Such a little boy choice!

    Kristi - There won't be a FIAR booth this year. Or any future year that I know of. Many/most of their products have gone digital so there just isn't much for me to "sell". I'm sorry about that because I think it really helps people to hear about FIAR from a person using it. I will be going though and would love to see you!

    Love the idea about adding story-telling to this activity. We may have to try that next time too!



  6. That looks like a lot of fun! I need to be more intentional about lessons for my younger children.


  7. healthyhomeschoolMay 20, 2009 at 3:54 AM

    Leslie, what an awesome idea! I love the ideas for the work boxes.

    By the way, I would love to do some reenacting for Prairie Tuesdays. Maybe we could laminate while the kids reenact. :)


  8. LOVE that idea Leslie. I am going to have to do this with Ally and Camden!

  9. HarvestChristianMay 21, 2009 at 6:31 AM



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