Somewhere over the [autumn] rainbow…

I’ve posted about the numerous investigations we’ve done with fall leaves, today was no different. After talk of how much the leaves in the yard look like a rainbow, the children set out to find each color; red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple.

Blue and purple turned out to be the hardest to find. Can you guess what we used for blue? No…not flowers…and no, we unfortunately did not find any blue leaves. The children picked up some discarded plastic pieces from the field across the street and some wrappers to use in their blue pile. Why not help the environment while learning more about it? 🙂

We came back inside with our treasures and sorted them. There was some debate whether a leaf that had two colors on it was one color or another, but issues were sorted quickly.

We already had a significant leaf collection, but for today's work we set out to gather new materials.

We already had a significant leave collection, but for today’s work we set out to gather new materials.

Everyone here at SMA loves to use glue! Lots and lots of glue! It’s sticky, it’s fun to squeeze and sometimes, just sometimes, we get to hear that awesome noise that the glue bottle makes when we squeeze it and nothing but air comes out! So we set to work making one long paper to attach our collection to.

Our paper was very long. The children counted how many sheets that they needed to have one for each color in the rainbow.

Our paper was very long. The children counted how many sheets that they needed to have one for each color in the rainbow.

I was asked to copy the names of each color on the bottom of the paper, which I happily obliged. The gluing began. At first, a leaf or item of one color went down and they jumped to another color.

A rainbow beginning to take shape.

A rainbow beginning to take shape.

We love sticky glue!

We love sticky glue!

At some point the decision was made to glue the entire pile of each color before moving on to the next.

The red was the first pile complete!

The red was the first pile complete!

They moved on to each color only after finishing the one prior! I appreciated how they decided to organize their work! Hands were super sticky, the floor was sticky and there was lots of giggling, which means we’re doing something AWESOME!

Almost halfway through with our autumn rainbow.

Almost halfway through with our autumn rainbow.

They added green to the autumn rainbow.

They added green to the autumn rainbow.

Adding the blue to the rainbow. Blue was tricky to find in nature so some discarded wrappers and plastic worked just fine!

Adding the blue to the rainbow. Blue was tricky to find in nature so some discarded wrappers and plastic worked just fine!

The product of today's session! A beautiful autumn rainbow!

The product of today’s session! A beautiful autumn rainbow!

I have a feeling that our rainbow is no where near complete! We’ve already collected new additions to add tomorrow and we are keeping our eyes peeled while we are outside for more blue and purple!

The children would like to know if you have blue leaves where you are from?? What about purple??

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