Friday, February 3, 2012

Mommy School: Colors

Good Morning! The kids and I had a busy week of colors last week. My two year old is a bit frustrating when it comes to colors. I can't tell if he is pretending he doesn't know his colors or if he really doesn't know. One of the most difficult things about teaching my kids at home is letting go of the worry and guilt of what my kids don't know or aren't learning. Don't I have enough Mommy guilt without piling more on? They are fine. I'm doing the best I can. These are the words I tell myself every day.

Anyway, sorry for that tangent. Colors. We picked a color each day and played a game. They had to find things that match the color and put it into our color box. Annabelle loved this but Dashiell got frustrated. Then I asked him to find cars and trains in the color of the day and he did it no problem. We also read a great series of color books by Sarah L. Schuette. 

Annabelle spent a lot of time in the craft room painting rainbows. We had a funeral to attend and my sweet little girl wanted to make presents for the family. She painted a beautiful rainbow and put a smile on someone's face which put a smile on my face too!

Lastly, we made play dough. I've written a lot about play dough and I think I finally got the right recipe. Here is my favorite:
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 cup water
1 Tablespoon Oil
2 Teaspoons Cream of Tartar
Food coloring of your choice

Mix in a pan and stir until it forms a ball. If you don't have cream of tartar go buy some. I've tried recipes that don't include it but it never works out. Also, you can use either vegetable oil or olive oil. Both worked fine. 

Annabelle and I spent a whole afternoon making 6 different colors of play dough. We talked about the color wheel and primary and secondary colors.

I halved the above recipes to make smaller batches. She was thrilled. She had beautiful, colorful play dough.
Then her little brother woke up...

Then we talked about what happens when you mix all the colors together and how we use our words when we are upset.

We made more...once she calmed down.


  1. Oh!!! LOL!!!! Bet little brother had fun :)

  2. im sure you're a great homeschool teacher :) and the playdoh looks fun! my nephews love it!