BECOME A COLOR MIXING EXPERT: MIX COLORS AND MAKE A COLOR WHEEL. Follow
directions for Color Mixing at the end of the story. Enhance color mixing and use of color in your
own paintings by watching the Magic Meadow DVD and exploring the Magic Meadow activities.
(DVD is now available in the DVD store on this website. Buy it separately, or in a set with the
DEMONSTRATE and TEACH COLOR MIXING TO A FRIEND OR A GROUP. Show it to
someone in your family, one of your friends, for a class, for a club, for someone in the hospital
who needs visitors, for someone in a nursing home, for someone who needs a friend.
PAINT A RAINFOREST LEARNING GAME: Design (kids do this) a Magic Meadow game board,
painting in colorful landing spots. Make game pieces from clay to move on the game board as
questions are answered. On index cards, write a question about toucans, another rainforest
creature, or a new vocabulary word on one side, and the correct answer on the other side. (Refer
to "The Truth About Toucans" page in the book for facts to build your questions and answer
cards.) Question side can offer several multiple-choice answers, or just let the player come up
with an answer without hints. Make a point system to allow players to progress to a goal and win
the game. (Example, 8 correct answers, and you are a winner.)
To add chance to the game, use dice and a score card. Roll the dice before the question is
asked. The number on the dice is the number of points the player is awarded when the player
answers correctly. This adds math practice to the game. Keep score by adding on the score
PAINT A PICTURE or MURAL of TOUCANS: Read true toucan facts in “The Truth About
Toucans” at the end of the story, and surprise your friends with these fun facts. Paint a picture of
toucans in their rainforest home. Great chance to be creative with colors and shapes!
LISTEN TO REAL TOUCAN SOUNDS: You can hear real sound recordings of toucans if you
search for “toucan bird sounds” on the internet. It’s fun to hear their surprising sounds. (They are
also recorded for you on the Magic Meadow Companion DVD.)
PLAN A QUIZ SHOW: Use questions and answers about toucans, using “The Truth About
Toucans” facts from the book at the end of the story. A party whistle or blower is fun for cheering
right answers. Can play in teams, pairs, or individually.
PAINT A POSTER: Find out if toucans are endangered, or what other rainforest creatures may be.
Research internet, or go to the library to find out. Make a list of rainforest animals. What are some
things that can help save endangered creatures? Make a watercolor poster.
TAKE A TRIP TO A PET STORE OR ZOO TO SEE A REAL TOUCAN, and
other rainforest birds and animals (monkeys, lizards, for example). Find out how many rainforest
animals your zoo has.
LEARN VOCABULARY PRESENTED THROUGH CONTEXT OF STORY AND REINFORCED BY
THE ILLUSTRATIONS: clan, hilarious, curious, wonder, glee, determined, weary, radiant, luscious,
grove, anticipation, ripply, reflection, undergrowth, swirly, twirly, whirly
WRITE and TELL STORIES: Examples on this page. (Choices, here, for different ages):
In the story, the toucan friends told funny stories to each other about surprises they found in the
Write or tell a story about one or more of the surprises the toucan friends might have found in the
meadow! Makeup a fun name for your colorful toucan. Paint an illustration for your story.
Write a non-fiction story about changing colors. Think of any real-life example, such as seasons,
weather, animals as they mature, seasonal adaptations, chameleon, etc., and include interesting
true facts. Paint an illustration for your story.
Write a fun fantasy story. Make it as funny, silly, magical, or unusual as you wish. Write a story
about how you would feel living in a rainforest. What would it be like? What would you do there?
What would you see? What would you eat? Where would you sleep? Paint an illustration for your
WRITE A FUN POEM. Make a list of rhyming words and phrases that are in the story:
Hurried, flurried, scurried
Twirly, whirly, swirly
(and there are others...)
In addition, here are some others you may use to write a rhyme:
Bright, light, sight. flight
Chase, race, face, place
Berry squash, time to wash
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"You Can Do It! ART"--Watercolor
|Fun learning activities use simple watercolor painting techniques to
stimulate right-brained students!
Creative Learning Activities with Watercolor Painting
|These specific Learning Activities are based on the colorful story,
Kandu and the Magic Meadow.