- a brightly colored safety vest (optional) or a few color images of crossing guards and traffic cops wearing safety vests, downloaded from the Internet
Go over the “Blending Colors/Contrasting Colors” chart and review the ideas children added over the last two days while exploring camouflage. Display the photos you took from Bug Hunt. Ask,
- Which animal camouflage did you like best from the book Animal Disguises? What did you like about it?
- Which animal do you think was camouflaged the best? Why do you think so?
- Which hiding places did you think were the best ones when we played Bug Hunt? What made them so good?
- What were some of the similarities between what we saw in the book and what we played outside?
- What would you do if you wanted to make a bug that would really be hidden outdoors? What colors would it be? Where would you put it?
Ask children if they’ve seen crossing guards near schools. If they haven’t, explain that these guards stop cars so people can cross the street. They keep people safe. Ask,
- Have you ever noticed that people like crossing guards wear bright colors? Show them the safety vest or the photos.
- Do you think they want to blend in to their environment or do they want to stand out and be noticed? Why do you think they want to stand out?
- The brightly colored vests they wear are called safety vests—why do you think they’re called that?
Point out that sometimes blending in and hiding keeps an animal or person safe, but sometimes wearing something bright that stands out as a contrasting color can also keep a person safe.