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Going on a Color Walk

March 27, 2012

An activity Sophie and I have been enjoying is our weekend walk around the neighborhood. Recently we decided to go on a Color Walk, after being inspired by this creative blog post. The idea behind the Color Walk was to find things in nature that matched different colors.

First I got one of those plastic tackle boxes and placed a circle cut-out of colored paper in each area. We had a tackle box in the garage. But I’m sure you can find them at craft stores or Target. The gal who inspired this idea (link above) used a clipboard with adhesive to collect pieces of nature.

Sophie applied the color to her outfit as well.

Then it was time to walk and search for colorful elements of nature.

A little rock-climbing action.

We almost went home without anything blue until Sophie found a little blue tube cap on the ground. Needless to say, we were excited.

And there you have it — our findings!

I really loved this activity for so many reasons. First, it got us outside and looking closely at nature. Second, you really pay attention to what colors are prevalant and how some colors just are not (e.g. blue).

And of course, I loved seeing the wonder and fascination Sophie had for her objects and how excited she was to examine each of them.

Turn your next outdoor activity into a Color Walk! You will be amazed at how much you will see.

28 Comments leave one →
  1. March 27, 2012 2:51 am

    Love the colors on her and her shoes!!!

  2. March 27, 2012 5:28 am

    That is such an awesome idea! I’d love to try it with my niece. Thanks for sharing.

    • March 27, 2012 9:37 pm

      Thanks, Caryn. It was really a fun activity. The dogs even went on the walk too.

  3. March 27, 2012 6:56 am

    What a great idea Leah. You got her to appreciate the beauty of nature and of colors at the same time. Richard Louv would be proud!

    • March 27, 2012 9:38 pm

      Thanks, Susan! Now we can’t go on a walk without discovering something along the way. It’s great!

  4. March 27, 2012 7:42 am

    This is a great idea, Leah! I’m trying to get my daughter outdoors more too. I will try this. Thanks!

    • March 27, 2012 9:38 pm

      You’ll have fun! It was even more fun than I expected.

  5. March 27, 2012 9:19 am

    Great idea. Even my older kids like the idea of hunting- they never want to walk- but love an “adventure hike”.

    • March 27, 2012 9:38 pm

      Exactly! It makes it seem fun because it’s not a typical walk. Good luck!

  6. March 27, 2012 10:15 am

    Your box of discoveries is a delight. What a wonderful way to focus on the beautiful world around you!

    • March 27, 2012 9:39 pm

      Thanks, Cynthia. It was such fun. And it really is neat that you end up observing so much you’d never notice otherwise.

  7. March 27, 2012 12:27 pm

    What a wonderful idea! I can’t wait to have Grandchildren to try this out! Also, Sophie’s shoes are simply too cute. They are exactly the kind of shoes I would purchase for myself or my children/Grandchildren. Obviously we have the same wonderful taste! LOL

    • March 27, 2012 9:39 pm

      Aren’t they cute? I wish I could get a pair in my size.

  8. March 27, 2012 2:55 pm

    It’s a great idea!!!

  9. March 27, 2012 3:15 pm

    I love this activity. I’d of never thought of it. What a fun learning tool and also a great way to get exercise in the sun. Your photos are fabulous. Sophie is adorable. 🙂

    • March 27, 2012 9:40 pm

      It turns the mundane walk into a fun activity. Thanks for your nice words too!

  10. March 27, 2012 5:32 pm

    I love this idea! Sigh… makes me long for those homeschooling days of past when my kiddos were that age 🙂 I’ve loved all the different stages of watching my children grow, and I truly DO love having teens who’re a couple of my best friends, but there’s something magical about watching a younger one explore the world with excitement!

    • March 27, 2012 9:40 pm

      I can really see that! I love watching what she learns each day and how she learns it. I can imagine that those days are fewer and far between when their teens.

  11. karen permalink
    March 27, 2012 9:35 pm

    oh, i love this, love it, love it! but what part of the country do you live in? On the Eastern seaboard we dont have too many flowers yet. the green stems of my tulips have come up, but nary a bud…

    • March 27, 2012 9:37 pm

      Karen, I’m in San Diego, CA. That’s why we have flowers and sunny skies at the end of March. 🙂

  12. March 28, 2012 6:43 am

    I’m going to try this with my Grandkids!! I loved the photo of Sophie’s hair tumbling over her as she closely examined her “finds.” Just beautiful.


  13. March 28, 2012 9:37 am

    What a great idea — so cool!! It’s so simple yet so incredibly clever and really makes you focus on small things — LOVE it!

    • March 29, 2012 10:52 pm

      Thanks, Julia. It was so fun. We want to do it again to see what else we can find.


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