With St. Patrick’s Day and spring approaching, we explore the colour green using Laura Vaccaro Seegar’s book Green.

 We are giving away a copy of the book on Instagram if you are interested!

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Materials

Using Loose Parts and Playdough to explore Green written by Laura Vaccaro Seegar

  • Playdough
  • Trays
  • Organizer
  • Green loose parts of various shades (Go with what you have!  We used: gems, beads, buttons, game pieces, foam shapes etc.)
  • “Green” by Laura Vaccaro Seegar
  • Book holder

We always find these items helpful too:

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  • Smock
  • Craft tray

Directions

  • Read the book as a class or put it out for the class to explore.
  • Arrange your trays around your loose parts.  Depending on your classroom space and dynamics, decide on how many children could work on this activity at a time.
  • Explore with the loose parts to create images or something more abstract.

Using Loose Parts and Playdough to explore Green written by Laura Vaccaro Seegar

Using Loose Parts and Playdough to explore Green written by Laura Vaccaro Seegar

Using Loose Parts and Playdough to explore Green written by Laura Vaccaro Seegar

  • You could document your creations with your camera and then return the parts for the next person to create with.  Our daughter noticed that the loose parts created imprints- how could you then extend this idea?

Using Loose Parts and Playdough to explore Green written by Laura Vaccaro Seegar

Using Loose Parts and Playdough to explore Green written by Laura Vaccaro Seegar

Purpose

  • Manipulating loose parts allows for developing one’s fine motor skills, experimenting with design, exploring in an open-ended fashion as loose parts lend to unique combinations for each learner.

Safety Notes

  • We suggest that you wear a smock and use a craft tray to protect your clothing and surfaces.
  • Small items can be a choking hazard, therefore be sure to keep them out of the reach of children ages 0-3 years of age or those that tend to put things into their mouths.
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