Adventures of the Non-Creative Mom

February 9, 2012

Skippyjon Jones Color Crazy by Judy Schachner

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So I have an embarrassing confession to make that exhibits just how clueless and un-observant I can be at times.  Until we received a short book along with our Scholastic book order about Skippyjon Jones and what he can be by reading books I had no clue what these books were about.  A friend who works at Keplers mentioned Judy Schachner was coming to do story time awhile back and I figured “eh, never heard of her.”   Then about a month ago it was bedtime, we had rest our usual three books and my daughter was begging for just one more book.  She brought this one to me  and while I was curious about what this Skippyjon Jones craze was all about I just wanted to put her to bed and go rest myself.

I figured it was short enough so why not read it to her.  So here’s the embarrassing part…I was so tired and rushing to get through it that I took the first sentence “I’m Skippyjon Jones a Chihuahua to my bones!” quite literally and assumed he was a dog.  It wasn’t until we read another Skippyjon Jones book that I realized he was actually a CAT!  My husband laughed at me but come on…those big ears…the mask and he called himself a chihuahua for goodness sake.  Yes, I know still how unobservant can I be?

Ok, but now back to Skippyjon Jones Color Crazy.  My four year old is in love with these books so I had to request all the books my library system had because she kept begging for them.  This one quickly became one of her favorites.  It is about Skippyjon Jones drawing all sorts of things but with his own unique take on their colors.  He colors a pink sky, yellow grass, purple water, etc.  My daughter found this so silly she could not stop laughing and we would talk about what color should the sky really be or how would she like it if the sky were to be pink.  It’s made for a lot of fun bedtime discussions and I have to admit for some interesting pictures in the days following.  She even questions why in one of her games they only let her choose green to color the trees.  She was so put out that she could not color them purple. LOL.

This is definitely a book to check out for those Skippyjon Jones fans and for those kids who like to use their imagination to see the world in new ways.

October 13, 2011

Learning Color Mixing Through Play

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My daughter was begging to do an “experiment” tonight and I was wondering what to do.  It so happens Blue’s Clues was on when I turned on the TV and they were talking about colors.  So during bath time I decided to give the kids a couple glow sticks to play with in the tub.  I gave them 4 colors and Kaitlyn watched how the glow changed the appearance of the water and reflected on the walls.  Both kiddos had a blast.  Unfortunately I wasn’t able to take any good pictures of that.  After bath we broke out the food coloring again.  I used some caps from my sons bottles and filled 3 of them up with water.  We started off with the primary colors-red, yellow and blue.

Then I had her guess what color she would get when she would mix two colors together.  First she guessed red and yellow would make pink, yellow and blue would make brown and red and blue would make blue.  I then gave her a few empty tops so she could pour a little of the different colors into them to see what colors she could create.  She was so excited when she finally saw what colors she made.

I also was trying to teach her what secondary colors were as she created green, purple and orange.

Then she guessed correctly that if she mixed all the colors together she would get black.

She had so much fun with this she just wanted to keep mixing and mixing.  We dumped all the water out and started over again and she kept playing until bed time.  She could name the primary and secondary colors at the end of the night but we will see what she remembers tomorrow 🙂