The first activity, the rainbow water xylophone, was very simple. Basically, the activity is designed to help the kids understand how different amounts of liquid in the cup create different sounds and to associate different colours with those different sounds. We filled six glasses with different amounts of water and added food colouring to create a rainbow, red to blue! We then used different tools, from spoons to chopsticks, to create different tones and sounds with the instrument. Phrao really enjoyed playing with the xylophone and practicing her colours (blue is her favourite). She also dropped different coloured beads into the water and then picked them out with chopsticks. She is such a creative and clever kid.
We then started creating our rainbow rice shakers. I'd prepared coloured rice by dying it with food colouring in many bright, fun colours, and Phrao and Little Guy absolutely loved mixing and playing with it. They were fascinated by the colour and the texture of the rice. In fact, Little Guy enjoyed throwing the rice around more than putting it in a bottle, but it was really cute to see them have so much fun playing. It was a simple but engaging activity that keep the kids busy for the majority of the workshop. It was also cool to see them get independently creative with it, learning how to use the funnels and actually making the shakers themselves.
Overall, the kids really seemed to enjoy the chance to learn more about colour and sound, and Little Guy didn't want to let go of his shaker to eat his lunch! The workshop was productive, instructive, and most importantly, fun, and I hope the children got a lot out of the morning.