Often times the activities I do with the kids are spur-of-the-moment ideas that I run with. "Teachable moments", I think, is the fancy name for it.
The other day during Little Lady's morning nap, Mini Me and I were using his LeapFrog Tag Junior to read some books. I love, love, love every LeapFrog product we've been given or purchased and the Tag Junior is no exception. We were reading the Curious George book on colors. It's a little too simple for Mini Me who has known his colors for well over a year, but it's fun to read, anyway. I remembered that I had downloaded and printed some coloring sheets from the Tag Junior Parent Connect website so I asked Mini Me if he wanted to color. As usual, he requested water paints.
Suddenly we went from reading the Curious George book to painting with water colors on the yellow page (Mini Me's favorite color).
Thinking of the last page of the book - a rainbow - and the funny accompanying song, I drew a quick rainbow outline so Mini Me could use more of his paints.
He did a great job painting the colors in order just like George's rainbow.
Next, Mini Me spontaneously asked if he could watch a video on rainbows.
Before I knew it we had used YouTube to watch videos about light and prisms (a bit advanced), how refracting light makes rainbows in a full circle though we rarely see the full circle (very interesting), and about Noah's Ark and the rainbow that followed the flood (just right).
What a fun morning! Mini Me insisted on hanging his yellow and rainbow paintings in the bathroom and now likes to sit on the toilet and recite the rainbow colors in order. Whatever works, I guess....
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