Last week I wrote about our investigation of fall leaves, as we collected, sorted, and preserved them. After observing some children take an interest in mixing paint colors, we decided to make our own paint colors using the colors of leaves we collected: red, green, yellow, brown and orange. Noticing that the colors of our leaves varied, we looked at paint samples and observed that there can be many shades of one color, ranging from light to dark. We also noticed that these paint samples had very unique and specific names. For example, we found the name “Loud Lime” to be very funny. When we asked the children why they thought this color was called loud lime, they agreed that limes are green and this color was bright and green like a lime. This sparked a great discussion of how words can be combined to describe something. Next we encouraged the children to mix various colors of paint to create their own special shade, with the intention that they would decide on their own creative name for their color.