Think about your day. The things you eat and wear and read, the places you go and the fun things you do. Now think about those same things in black and white. The world sure would be different.
Color us all around us and a pretty important piece of your everyday life.
What would the world look like with no color?
How could you tell if your apple was a sweet red one or a sour green one?
How could you tell if your socks matched?
How would you know to make your car stop or go?
To demonstrate just how colorful our world is, I took Peas and Pie on a color walk scavenger hunt through the neighborhood. This turned out to be a STEAM lesson for them and a little lesson in gratitude and living in the present moment for me.
Let me tell you a little bit about our neighborhood.
When you first look at it, all the houses look like they’re the same color: beige. There aren’t any luscious lawns or sparkling blue ponds. What we do have are a lot of rocks and cactus.
But even so, it wasn’t long before we found all of the colors of the rainbow in some unexpected places. I’d never noticed all of the colors before, and I won’t look at my own neighborhood the same way again!
We set out for our walk with a camera and bags in case we found fun science specimens to bring home and study. And then we were off.
There are no special instructions for this activity. Just go out and find as many colors as you can.
We just named the colors as we saw them and tried to find all of the colors.
Here are just a few of our finds:
As we called our the colors we saw, I explained the basics about how we see color.
First, you need a few things to see color:
and your brain
A beam of sunlight, or white light, contains all of the colors of the rainbow.
When the sunlight hits an object, some of the light is absorbed and some is reflected. We see the color that is reflected.
This means that having light bounce off an object is the first step in seeing color.
The next step happens with our eyes.
The light reflected off the object carries a lot of visual information, including color. Our eyes collect this information and send it to our brain. Your brain is the final step in sight.
So thank your brain, your eyes, light, and the objects around you for helping you see all the colors in your neighborhood!
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