Color Hunt – Exploring the World Around Us

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Earth Day was this week and it always gets me thinking about exploring the world we are trying to conserve. You don’t have to travel the world to give them a broad view of the world but I think that exposing them to bite size bits of other cultures through language and books can really help. This nature color hunt activity not only celebrates the earth and its colors but it celebrates some of its cultures too by including different languages.

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Gather your materials. We used our Little Pim Colors book as a guide for the color names in Spanish and French. We also used a egg carton, some markers and nature from our yard.color hunt in another language

Start by coloring the inside of the carton in the colors you will be learning. We followed the colors in the book which were red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. I loved that I could color two of each so my daughter could say the color one time in French and once in Spanish for each little bit of nature she popped in it.bilingual nature color hunt earth day

Next write down the color word on the top of the carton next to the color.bilingual color hunt in your backyard

Time to gather your little learner and head outside. We are building a small addition to our house right now and I think the guy working outside thought I was insane as I took picture after picture of my daughter… I didn’t have time to explain.bilingual activity for kids

Look for colors by first saying the word in French or Spanish . I would say ” Violet. What color do you think that is? ” If she didn’t know I would point to the color in the carton and say ” Look this is Violet, violet means ….” and she’d say “Purple!” and I would add ” Yes violet is how you say purple in French.” We followed this pattern for most of the colors. Some of the colors she knew so this exchange would be shortened. Each time I wanted to make sure she said the word and knew whether it was Spanish or French. I did each color in each language one time. I am exposing not drilling her.

Some of the colors were easy to find… some not so much.bilingual color hunt outside

We didn’t have a spot for white in our carton but when she found this dandelion she asked me how to say white in French and Spanish. Luckily I knew! She didn’t know how excited I was to hear her curiosity grow past the boundaries of this activity.color hunt fun

Take time to explore the nature around your home as well. We found worms, lots of spiders and, stopped to play too.multilingual color hunt outside

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Color & Learn – Foreign Language Game For Kids

little pim language game with colors book by little pimThis summer I have been partnering with Little Pim to think of fun new ways to combine high tech language learning like DVDs, Music CDs and Apps and low tech hands on activities and books. I think there is a place for all sorts of learning  in early education and even more fun to combine. In this sponsored post I am going to show you how we used the French language tools from Little Pim and a little old fashion coloring for great lesson that works with all ages. For more language learning ideas check out Little Pim’s Pinterest boards .

  1. Gather your materials. My kids and I have been using a lot of Little Pim resources this summer but the very least you will need is a book about colors in the language you want to teach, some paper , a jar, crayons and a pen. I am using a Little Pim coloring page for a few reasons, one obviously it fits this post but also because my kids associate Little Pim with other languages and it’s a signal of what we are going to be learning. You can use one or just use plain paper, this activity is easy to adapt.little pim activity supplies
  2. Write out the color words in the language you are working on. I did French so I wrote out the colors that were featured in the book. Pop these words in the jar.
  3. Read the book with your kids to remind them of the color words. My kids are 3.5 years apart so when we do activities together I try to find jobs for my son to make him feel more like a helper. For this activity he read to his sister.Little Pim Fun with languages french lesson
  4. Have your kids take turns pulling a word out of the jar.little pim fun with languages french My son read the word and they announced what the color was in English, little pim coloringgrabbed the right color crayon and colored.  My daughter colored with abandon and her brother was much much more precise. little pim french language activityA perfect representation of the difference in ages. They both worked on their French words for colors which was the goal.

 

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For a full review of the book we used in this post and 26 others that offer a multicultural view check out our list of 27 multicultural books for kids.

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