First the Picture: For this photo don’t focus on where it was taken, instead try to guess what is happening in this photo? Have you ever been to a similar event? Have you ever seen such brilliant color?
Second the Question: Think of the colors in your life. If joy was a color, which would it be? If anger glowed a brilliant hue what would you imagine it as? If you tried to describe your feelings as colors can you name each emotion and a matching shade? Sometimes it is easier to discuss feelings if you can identify them as a color and then try to describe or show their intensity through color.
Third Next Steps: Summertime is a time of brilliant colors; in flowers, butterflies, birds, sunshine, translucent waters and intense greens. It can be a wonderful segway for kids to see colors in the world and use them to identify their feelings. Start by taking a walk out through nature. Notice the colors in the world. Point out each color and try to talk about what emotion each color represents to you. Use lots of descriptive words and then help then identify what emotion each color represents for them. There are no wrong answers, and even the youngest children can add in their input.
Create: When you get home make a color jar..take an old recycled water bottle or a small jelly jar. Fill it half way with oil..any type: sunflower oil, vegetable oil..or baby oil is the best since it is virtually clear. Then add a few drops of food coloring. Let your child pick the color. Once you have the oil dyed the color they like. Fill the rest of the bottle with water. Glue on the top. This is a great “emotion bottle” When your child gets angry or upset have them shake shake shake the bottle until the water and oil blends. Then tell them to hold the bottle, sit quietly and wait to talk until the colored oil and clear water completely separate . This is a great visual way for children to “count to ten” It basically gives them time to calm their emotions and bring themselves back to center, while giving them a distraction to watch that is calming as well. Enjoy!