This featured nature book for kids Green is a picture book written by Laura Vaccaro Seeger. Green showcases different shades of green paint with unique names written for children ages 2-6 years old. This uniquely illustrated book provides children the opportunity to practice prediction as well as shape identification. I really enjoyed this book as an interactive tool to show variation in color.
My Experience with Green
I have used this nature book as a featured story hour on St. Patrick’s day. We began the story hour by reading Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson and then reading Green. After reading the books we worked on two green and spring related crafts.
After reading about the different shades of green and learning all of their names we took the opportunity to create our very own unique shade of green. I provided them with light green and dark green construction paper as well as yellow, blue and green tempura paint. They used paint brushes and trays to mix their own shade and then stamped them onto their paper using insect stamps. I also encouraged the children to give their shade of green a cool name just like in the book (we had lots of kiddos name their green after themselves 🙂 )
After creating green paintings we also created a spring sensory bottle. Using Lipton tea plastic bottles pre-washed and labels cut off (it’s not glued on so it makes label-removal super easy!), the children dunked their bottle in a big bowl of water to fill it as high as they wanted. There were pipettes on the table that the kiddos could use to squirt green liquid watercolor into their bottles to tie back into the story. They were then able to add colored pony beads and a few plastic insects to give the feel of spring. Once they were completed we hot glued the tops onto the bottles to make sure that the kiddos were not able to unscrew the lids in the cars on the way home.
Green Outdoor Activities
After we created our crafts we went outside and looked around for greens out in nature. The children found the beginnings of grass growths, pine needles, new leaves, moss and even some lichen. After looking around for sources of green I handed out different paint chips of a variety of greens to encourage them take a closer look. This was a fantastic way to get them close to nature and practice matching.
Overall, this book was a pretty good introduction to the idea of different shades of the same color. The children also really enjoyed predicting what colors would be coming up next.