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Get inspiration from the book!
Introduce big orange splots.
Offer art materials and create!
- Create your own nature paints: How can we create colorful art without paint? Fortunately, nature is full of color and with a few simple tools, kids can transform an ordinary sheet into a vibrant display of Nature’s Tie-Dye! Read more about this activity here.
- What If…?.What could we create if all of our art materials disappeared? Head outside and discover what you can create using only the materials you can find in your outdoor space. Draw in the dirt with a stick, create a nature display, turn nature treasures into paint brushes and stamps, make mud prints, paint with water, and make shadow designs. Visit our What If… DIY for more!
- Create your own Big Orange Splot house: To inspire more play with this read-aloud, offer kids a box and welcome them to use markers, paint or scissors (with a grown-ups assistance) to make windows, doors and a big orange splot. Invite kids to add more colors and designs to their house, just like Mr. Pumbean did. Once decorated, their house can inspire even more imaginative pretend play.
- Yes! And...: Try some art improvisation together by making a splot or mark on a piece of paper. Then, invite your child to add to it and turn it into something new. Repeat! Watch this fun video for grown-ups for more on how to use the "Yes, and..." golden rule of improv theater to keep the play going and keep kids in the lead.
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