Colourful Play

Colourful Play

We’ve been enjoying lots of colourful play and learning recently. Run off my feet at the moment, but sharing a few of them here. Many of them are variations of things we’ve done before, so apologies for that. They’re new to the children!

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Colourful Discovery Table

Colourful discovery table from Rachel (",)

Close up of the colour tinker tray…

Close up of the colour tinker tray from Rachel (",)

Matching colours…

Colour wheels and the colourful tinker tray - from Rachel (",)

Creating Transient Art Pictures

Creating transient art pieces with loose parts from the colour tinker tray - from Rachel (",)

Creating a transient art picture - from Rachel (",)

Building with the Rainbow and Dishes

Colour play with a mini rainbow and dishes - from Rachel (",)

Matching Colours on a Felt Rainbow

Colour play with a felt rainbow and colourful loose parts - from Rachel (",)

Pile Up!

She did put everything back though…

Loose parts mixed together - from Rachel (",)

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Birds, Butterflies and Bugs

Small world play with birds, butterflies and bugs - from Rachel (",)

Playing in a colourful world - from Rachel (",)

On a dark morning…

Small world area from Rachel (",)

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ย Invitation to Explore Colour in the Maths Area

Invitation to Explore Colour in the Maths Area - from Rachel (",)

Number Recognition & Counting

Number recognition and counting with colourful loose parts - from Rachel (",)

Peg People and a Rainbow

Rainbow and peg people - from Rachel (",)

You can download the numbered rainbows for free here: Numbered rainbow from Rachel (“,)

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Coloured Dough and Numicon

Dough and Numicon - from Rachel (",)

'Making 8' with dough and Numicon - from Rachel

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Fine Motor Work with Tweezers & Buttons

Fine motor work with tweezers and buttons - from Rachel (",)

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Colour on the OHP

Colour on the OHP - from Rachel (",)

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Rainbow Pebbles

Copying pictures and making up their own with rainbow pebbles - from Rachel (",)

“The penguin laid an egg!”ย 

The penguin laid an egg! - from Rachel (",)

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Painting Faces

Just cheap nail varnish in cheap palettes. They love them! Lots of painted faces and make up – I even had my nails done! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Painting faces - pretend play from Rachel (",)

Painting faces - pretend play from Rachel (",)

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Rainbow Play on the Light Panel

Rainbow play on the light panel - from Rachel (",)

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Magnatiles and People on the Light Panel

Magnatiles and people on the light panel - from Rachel (",)

Some of them migrated to the OHP – they said they were making pizza…

Magnatiles on the OHP - from Rachel (",)

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Playing Games

I love watching the games they make up. Such a natural way to observe their counting etc

Making up games with coloured pebbles - from Rachel (",)

Counting coloured pebbles - from Rachel (",)

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Problem Solving with a Wooden Puzzle Game

These were super cheap from eBay and really tested them.

Problem solving with a wooden puzzle game - from Rachel (",)

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Transferring Jelly Cubes

Very sticky!

Using fine motor skills to transfer jelly cubes - from Rachel (",)

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Fine Motor Work with the Natural Geoboards

Fine motor work with the natural geoboards - from Rachel (",)

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Invitation to Copy Peg Board Patterns

Invitation to copy pattern with pegs and boards - from Rachel (",)

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Cake in the Construction Area

Construction cake - from Rachel (",)

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Mark Making

A few of the boys created some signs for the construction area (asking people to keep out!), which started a mad frenzy of mark making. There were signs, pictures and names pegged all over the place!

Mass mark making - from Rachel (",)

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We had Snow!

More arrived and we eventually had a snow day, but this was the first snowfall…

First snowfall... more to come! - from Rachel (",)

I couldn’t quite capture the light that was created by the snow blizzards, but the reading area looked really pretty…

Pretty lights on a snowy morning - from Rachel (",)

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LED Box

Colourful pom-poms in the LED box - from Rachel (",)

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Melted Crayon Art

We didn’t do this recently; it’s years old (& hangs in our classroom today), but I came across it recently and thought I would re-share. Watching the crayons melt was fascinating. We must do it again!

Melted crayon art - from Rachel (",)

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Thanks for reading!

Mark making can happen anywhere... from Rachel (",)

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– Rachel (“,)

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14 Comments

  1. Fabulous ideas as always !!!!!!!

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    • Ah, thank you, Sandra! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Beautiful invitations, I love your ideas and work. Thank you for sharing!

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    • Thank you, Saarski! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Hi what beautiful ideas. I do have a question where did you buy the color tinker tray and the wooden tray in the pictures above

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    • Hi Angelica. I’m afraid I don’t think I’m going to be much help because the sorting tray I used for my Tinker Tray was purchased from a private seller on eBay. I just filled it with colourful loose parts from around the classroom.
      I have a LOT of wooden bowls and dishes. They were bought from charity shops, car boot sales, eBay etc – I haven’t bought any in quite a few years now though.

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  4. After all the miserable weather and greyness it is lovely to see all this vibrant colour. I love the rainbow pebbles – were they bought pre coloured? Thanks for sharing your lovely ideas xx

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    • Yes, they’re a bought set from Amazon. Very tactile – we love them! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. You have a beautiful way of presenting materials. Can you tell me more about the Rainbow pebbles? Where did you get them and the cards that were with them?
    Thank-you
    Jackie

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    • Thanks, Jackie!
      The Rainbow Pebbles were from Amazon and the cards came with them ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. Hi Rachel,

    Thank you for continuing to share such wonderfully inspiring ideas – I always love it when your post arrives in my inbox!
    I’ve been meaning to try the wax crayon melting activity for ages – can I just ask whether you used regular PVA or glue-gunned the crayons to your canvas?
    Thank you,
    Sarah

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    • Hi Sarah! Thanks for the lovely comment!
      We glue gunned the crayons to the canvas – and left them overnight to ensure it had dried thoroughly ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • Hi Rachel, I love the colors, but especially noticed the game board, a lovely idea and yours is beautiful.

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        • Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

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