Friday, July 11, 2014

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Extension - Mickey's Color Adventure

We all do plenty of extension activities when it comes to books - art, writing, sensory play, dramatic storytelling...so why not with children's TV shows? I know, I know, children shouldn't watch TV. But if they do, isn't it better if they learn something from it and can extend their play when the TV is not on?

I admit I sometimes feel like a bad mom because some days the TV is on a lot. The one thing that I can say is that Little C does not watch anything that I don't approve of and I try to watch with her as much as I can. During the week when we're home alone she doesn't watch anything but Disney Junior and it's mostly Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Little Einsteins. Today we were watching Mickey's Color Adventure, where the colors in the clubhouse begin fading because the rainbow color machine is running low. So Mickey and his pals search around for items of each color of the rainbow to refuel the color machine.

To give Little C something to do while we watched the episode, I pulled out her Easter basket and asked her to help Mickey by finding things around the house that matched each color of the rainbow. She knows her colors but doesn't have rainbow order down pat yet so I reminded her which color she had to look for next and she had her basket filled in no time!

Half of the items she found completely on her own. The other half she found after I pointed her to a specific area. Later when Daddy came home, Little C showed him all the colors she'd collected and then collected another batch of colored objects with him!

One trick is limiting your child to one item from a set of similar toys. For example, Little C found a blue Duplo piece and could easily have found all but purple in the Duplo box. Later she found a red magnet letter along with all the rest of the colors. We simply agreed that she did find all the colors and encouraged her to find new items elsewhere.

Keep in mind, you don't have to watch the show to go on a color hunt! And I didn't think of it at the time, but next time we go on a color hunt I'll ask Little C if she can line up her items in rainbow order while we sing our rainbow song for extra practice. We like the following song from Jean Warren:
I SEE RAINBOWS
Tune: "Frere Jacques"

I see rainbows,
I see rainbows,
Way up high
In the sky.
They are red and orange,
Yellow, green and blue.
Purple, too. What a view!

Jean Warren

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