Step 1: Lay out a large piece of black bulletin board paper and lay out all of the items students found in the center.
Step 2: Ask students to begin grouping all objects together that have similar colors in piles along the length of the black paper. Do not tell students where to put the objects. Instead, allow students to inspect each object and determine for themselves how to categorize the colors of each object.
Step 3: Once students have categorized all objects, ask them to observe each pile and describe the similarities and differences within the colors. Then, have students create a label for the pile’s overarching color. Allow them to be as creative as possible – names like “watermelon” or “breezy” are fine.
Step 4: Transition students back to their seats or tables. Provide them each with a set of markers, crayons or colored pencils and blank paper.
Step 5: Ask students to select a color group from the black paper and then choose crayons, markers or colored pencils that best represent that color group.
Step 6: Experiment with ways to create different colors using the same crayon, marker or colored pencil and various pressures.