This has been one of the most beautiful Autumns in Colorado that I can remember. Usually we get a big snow and all the leaves come down before they ever get to turn orange or red. This year fall has been slow and steady and gorgeous. You can do this activity any time of year, but I like to do it in the fall because it seems like you always see so much color at once.
I originally saw this activity at I Am Momma Hear Me Roar. If you want more of the how-to you can go there and check it out. Last year I had Thing One color in the paint palette. He was learning his colors so having him color the palette was a good activity by itself. This year we were in a hurry so I just colored it in real quick. Once you cut out your palette from a cereal box and color in your colors, you add a glue dot to each space. I tore up the paper roll the glue dots come on, making a little paper square for each dot. I stuck the sticky side on the palette, and left the paper stuck to the top until we were ready to start our nature walk (exposed glue dots are super sticky). Once we were ready to start finding stuff I just peeled off all the little papers.
Then Thing One found something from nature for every color on his palette. Every time we do this I think we will not be able to find a color, but so far we always find them all. It's interesting what you can see when you are looking for it. It's a reminder to me of how creative and artistic God truly is. Can you imagine living in a world without color? Or even just with fewer colors? I can't, yet I feel like I take the beauty around me for granted so often.
This has been one of Thing One's favorite activities ever. I'm so glad Cheri shared this idea. If you've never done this, your kids will love it! Here's his palette from last year.
Speaking of the beauty around us, look how beautiful our little backyard tree is this fall! It looks good with the red fence doesn't it?
Lastly this week, while we are talking about leaves, I have to share my new favorite children's book with you. One of the advantages of being a substitute is that you get to read a lot of new and different books. I read Fletcher and the Falling Leaves to a class a few weeks ago and fell in love with this little fox Fletcher. I ordered it for my boys and it came yesterday. I have a soft spot in my heart for little woodland creatures I guess.
I hope you are having a wonderful week and enjoying the beauty and color around you!