The Language of Colour

I always think of colour at this time of year – gardens are crammed with it and what sunshine we get heightens the effect. So, it’s an ideal time to use your colour tablets as a starting point for activities. Just talking about colour can be stimulating – the author, A S Byatt, says: I think the names of colours are at the edge, between where language fails and where it’s at its most powerful.

If you’re lucky enough to have your own garden attached to your nursery, get the children to find leaves and flowers that correspond to the colours in the Second box of Colour Tablets. If not, get them to bring in a selection from home.

Then move on to the Third box of Colour Tablets – this gives you far more scope. You might want to have a ‘blue day’ where you ask everyone to bring in a blue flower, a piece of blue material, a blue ribbon… anything blue. Then discuss how they can be arranged working from the lightest shade through to the darkest. The day after have a ‘red day’ and so on until you’ve covered all the colours in the box.

You can take this activity a stage further by producing a shaded collage. I recently saw one made entirely of buttons. Bags of assorted play buttons are ideal for this as they give variation in size as well as colour. Get the children to sort the buttons into the different colours first, and then sort them again into shades of each colour.

You’ll need a piece of stiff cardboard onto which you can stick the buttons. Perhaps start with purple buttons at the top, working through blue, into green, yellow, orange and then red. Or start with light shades like white and beige at the top, then going through the colours until you reach browns and blacks at the bottom.

If you want to add extra texture to your collage, separate the different bands of buttons by lines made from similarly coloured pipe cleaners or wood shaving.

And finally, don’t forget that we currently have the Fourth box of Colour Tablets on special offer – with a discount of 25%!

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