Giants and Pilgrim “Abacus” is a creative home curriculum centered on a monthly theme. This month’s theme is Spectrum!
Read all about how to use this list and our heart behind this project here.
Below is our comprehensive activities list! Choose a couple to do with your kids to enrich the month or try to accomplish the whole thing!
Also, a few March Dates to keep in mind as you are scheming fun activities-
Pi Day = March 14th (3.14…)
St. Patricks Day = Mar. 17
First day of Spring = Mar. 20th
Ludwig Von Drake – The Spectrum Song (disney)
Red Roses for Blue Lady by Jack Morgan
Our Spectrum playlist! (coming later this month…)
This podcast on Spiral dynamics (For adults – not kids)
Any of these films with an intensely distinctive color palette: Amelie, any Wes Anderson film, Nanny McPhee, Hero
For St. Patricks Day:
The Secret of Roan Inish, and The Book of Kells
The Wizard of Oz (For its transition from black and white to color)
Play with prisms
Learn about plants and how they process light
Steve Spangler St. Patrick’s Day Science Kit (we bought this a few years back and now get it out every year. It was super fun. I would highly recommend it. We are needing a few refills, but mostly it lasts quite a while)
Bees, Ultra violet and other colors off our visual spectrum – we are hoping to take a field trip out to Illuman Apiary’s bee hives if it gets warm enough.
This Cool Density “rainbow in a jar” experiment
Take a trip to the Denver Natural History Museum – specifically to play with their infrared camera body scan
Learn about eyes – Anatomy, Rods/Cones, etc
Make a Treasure Map – Participate in our Isles of Green Adventure at the end of this month! (Here is last years)
Red: The Red Tent by Anita Diamont
Orange: A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
Yellow: The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Green: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Blue: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Purple: The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Older kids – The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, The Giver by Louis Lowry
Younger – Mix it Up by H. Tullet, Do You Know Colors by Katherine Howard, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do You See? by Eric Carle, The Day the Crayons Quit by Oliver Jeffres
Freezer paper “Favorite Color” shirts
Paint Color wheels/Learn about color mixing/Spin art
Find some where to do a color coded Trash art installation like this –
Make dip dyed cloth or paper (or tie dye!)
Make layered paper jewelry
Make Garden cold frames (or as I like to call them, “mini-greenhouses”)
Visit the Wichita Botanical Gardens
Make homemade play dough – recipe coming soon 🙂
Eat the Rainbow – this could make a fun grocery store trip that maybe helps convince my kids to try eating a few vegetables.
Play with rainbow foam
Sort all the things by color (oh wait, I do that already…)
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