A couple of weeks ago, via the Weekly Kid’s Co-Op, I came across a wonderful rainbow art project from A Little Learning For Two. I loved the idea so much, that I featured it in THIS post. We go through copious amounts of Watermelon in this house so it was perfect for us and today we finally decided to give it a go. R(3) was very excited about making some “watermelon rainbows” and he happily helped me gather our supplies. This is how we set things out.
I did my best to gather some accurate rainbow colours but I couldn’t find our bottle of red paint anywhere. R however, was insistent that we find it so that we had all the colours of the rainbow. He wouldn’t begin without it. Thankfully it turned up eventually at the bottom of our “craft supply cupboard” (read big cardboard box with everything thrown in it). You’ll also notice a container of black paint in the above photo. Black is R’s favourite colour (A fact he revealed to me during our recent “yes” day.) We’ve never used our black paint before and he was beaming when he opened it and could barely contain himself when he saw it oozing out of the bottle. When he asked for the black paint I actually began to say “But rainbows don’t have black……” but thankfully I caught myself before I could finish the sentence and I set out the colours that he wanted. After all, this was to be his creation. Before we began, we sorted the watermelon rinds into size order. R loved doing this and was extremely quick at sorting them, despite them being very similar in size.
R dove right in and of course printed a row in black to begin. Next, he chose orange. I’m not sure if he deliberately chose orange as it is the second colour in a rainbow or whether it was purely artistic expression.
For the third row, he chose blue. He was so careful about painting the watermelon rinds, making sure it was completely covered and that the paint was coated on thickly enough to leave a good imprint on the paper.
After printing his third row, he declared “Finished!”.
Look at that proud smile! All that time setting up, finding the “right” colours (at R’s insistence no less!) and he was finished after ten minutes of working on it and using only three colours – Black, Orange and Blue. He didn’t finish because he was bored and simply wanted to stop. He had enjoyed every minute of this project. He simply decided that THIS was his rainbow and it was done. I looked at all that unused paint sitting there (he didn’t want to use it for anything else, he had finished creating). I thought about all the cleaning up. I thought about the rainbow pictures that had inspired this project. None of it mattered. It’s all about the process, not the product. R knows the colours of a rainbow very well, even distinguishing indigo and violet rather than simply “purple”. He knows what a rainbow looks like. Yet he made a very deliberate choice about how to make this rainbow truly HIS and he loved it. And you know what? So do I.