Monday, October 14, 2013

Black


Book Suggestions:

Black by Micheal Dahl
Colors by Eric Carle
Colors by Simms Taback
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle
Colors by Roger Priddy
My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss
Colors (Soft Shapes) by IKids

Activities:

Sorting:
Materials:  jellybeans (or other candy with the color black)
Description:  Give your toddler a handful for jellybeans and help them sort them into color groups.  Put all the blacks together, all the red together, all the greens together etc.  When they are finished sorting, count each group and talk about what group has more and less.  You can extend this activity by drawing several oval shapes onto a piece of paper.  Have your toddler color each oval the same colors as the jellybeans that they have.  Now, they can place all the black jellybeans on the black oval, all the red jellybeans on the red oval etc.
Skills Targeted:  teach your tot to sort, teach your tot to count, teach your tot more or less, teach your tot to compare and contrast, teach your tot to develop beginning math skills, teach your tot color recognition




Black Supplies:
Materials:  black markers, black crayon, black paint, black colored pencil, charcoal etc.
Description:  Give your toddler a variety of black art supplies and let them get creative coloring, drawing, and painting with the color black.  Talk about what color they are using as they create.  You can also see if your toddler can name some things that are black and try to draw or color them.
Skills Targeted:  teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot to be creative, teach your tot language development, teach your tot motor skill development


Black Art Project:
Materials:  different color crayons, black crayon, paper, toothpick or sharpened pencil
Description:  Have your toddler color a piece of white paper with a variety of different colors (except black).  Encourage them to color dark and to fill the whole piece of paper so that you can't see any white color.  (you could cut the paper to make it smaller if your toddler is having a hard time filling the whole piece of paper).  As your child uses each different color ask them to name the color they are using.  Once the whole paper is colored, have your toddler use a black crayon and color over the entire piece of paper, covering all of the colors.  Again, encourage your little one to color dark (you could help them do this part)  Last, use a toothpick or sharpened pencil to write shapes, designs, letters etc into the black colored paper.  As your little ones writes with the sharpened edge, the different colors with show through.  It makes for a really neat art project.
Skills Targeted:  teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot to be creative




Night Sky:
Materials:  construction paper (white and black), scissors, glue
Description:  Once it turns dark, take your toddler outside and look up at the sky.  Ask your toddler to tell you what color the sky is at night.  Talk about all the things that you see in the sky (stars, moon).  Cut out stars and a moon from white construction paper.  Ask your toddler to tell you what shape they are and have your little one glue all the shapes onto a piece of black construction paper.  Count all the stars in your toddler's sky. You can even write the numbers on each star.
Skills Targeted:  teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot language development, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot to count, teach your tot shape recognition, teach your tot to observe


Color Song:
Materials:  construction paper, popsicle sticks, glue
Description:  Cut out crayon shapes from different color construction paper.  Glue each crayon to a popsicle stick and write the color word on each one.  Sing the Color Song (found below) with your toddler.  As you sing about each color, hold up the correct crayon.
Skills Targeted:  teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot color word recognition

What Color?:
Materials:  a variety of small toys or other objects that are black, shoe box, scissors
Description:  Cut a hole in the lid of a shoe box, big enough for your toddler to fit their hand inside.  Fill the box with a variety of different toys or other objects that are black.  Have your toddler stick their hand into the box and pull out one object at a time, telling you what color each one is.  This is a great activity to do daily, so that your little one learns to recognize the color black.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot motor skill development

Black Photos:
Materials:  camera
Description:  Give your toddler a disposable camera (or maybe they could help you use your camera).  Walk around your house (inside and outside) and have your toddler take pictures of black objects.  Print out their pictures.  You can glue these pictures on a poster board, hang them on your refrigerator, or put them in a small 4 by 6 album for your toddler to look at all week to reinforce the color black.
Skills Targeted:  teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot to develop life skills


Zebra Painting:
Materials:  white paper, black paint, q-tip
Description:  Show your toddler a picture of a zebra. Have your toddler tell you the colors on a zebra.  Cut out a zebra shape from construction paper.  Have your toddler paint black stripes on the zebra using a Q-tip.  As your toddler is painting the stripes, see if they can tell you what color they are using.  They can also count the stripes.
Skills targeted:  teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot to be creative

Black Spider:
Materials:  black paint, white paper, googly eyes
Description:  Show your toddler pictures of black spiders.  Have them identify the color of the spiders.  Count the legs on the spiders.  Help your toddler make their own spider.  Paint both of your toddler’s hands, expect of their thumbs.  Have them press one hand onto a piece of paper, sideways.  Next help your toddler press their opposite hand onto the paper with the palms overlapping.  This will create a handprint spider.  When the paint dries glue on googly eyes.  Count the legs with your toddler and see if they can identify the color of their spider!

Skills Targeted:  teach your tot color identification, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot be creative, teach your tot to count

Black Siloutte:

Materials:  black and white construction paper, pencil, scissors

Description:  You and your toddler can make a fun art project by drawing their sillouttee!  Tape a black piece of construction paper to a wall.  Have your toddler stand close to the wall, turned sideways.  Place a light in front of your toddler so that their shadow is cast on the black piece of construction paper.  Trace their shadow and cut it out.  Have your little one help you glue it on a piece of white paper.  Talk with your toddler about the color of their sillouttee.  Go outside and look for your shadow.  Compare your toddler’s shadow to their siloutte.

Skills Targeted:  teach your tot to be still, teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot to compare and contrast



Songs and Fingerplays:

Color Song:
sung to the tune of Bingo

I had a box of crayons
One of them was blue
B-L-U-E
B-L-U-E
B-L-U-E
One of them was blue.

I had a box of crayons
One of them was black
B-L-A-C-K
B-L-A-C-K
B-L-A-C-K
One of them was black.

I had a box of crayons
One of them was yellow
Y-E-L-L-O-W
Y-E-L-L-O-W
Y-E-L-L-O-W
One of them was yellow.

Continue this song for a variet of colors.

Black, Black, Black:
Sung to the tune of Jingle Bells

Black, Black, Black
Black, Black, Black
I like black.
Cats are black
Bats are too
Black is pretty cool!

Black, Black, Black
Black, Black, Black
I like black.
The night sky is black.
Spiders are too.
Black is pretty cool!

Online Fun:

Coloring:
Visit www.coloring.ws for free printable coloring sheets.

Spiders

Bats

Cats

Videos:
Visit www.sesamestreet.org for fun videos.

Seven Cats

 

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Christmas Countdown

Here is my attempt at a new Christmas Countdown. 
I put it together while I watched Shark Tank (I love that show) last night.  I finished putting this together before the show even ended!  These days, I like projects that I can get down quick.
 I cut a tag template from cardstock and used it to trace and cute 25 tags (which I realized, I probably should have only done 24, since you aren't actually suppossed to count Christmas day).  I used a taper runner to adhere them to piece of foam board.
 Next, I stuffed 25 sandwich bags with three pieces of candy in each one, since I have three kids that will be eating the treats everyday.
I used a circle punch and scrapbook numbers to make the tags. Then I punched a whole in each number and tied it around the bags with ribbon.
I used large glue dots to stick the bags onto each tag on the foam board.  (I hope this holds up.  If I doesn't, I will staple them to secure each one.)
 
 


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Holiday Themes!

Preparing for the holiday, with small kids, is one of my favorite things! I look forward to all the crafts, cooking, and messes that we will make together! In our home, we celebrate Advent so we do read The Jesse Tree and do this kit to go along. We have also done this Christmas countdown in the past; althought, this year I am attempting to make a new one (which I will share when it is done).
 Here are some fun themes to go along with holiday preperation! 

 Red

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Gobble Gobble!

There are so many things and people that I am thankful for this Thanksgiving.  However, at this moment, I am most thankful for this quiet moment to sit down and write a quick blog post!  I hope that you and your family have an abundance of things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving!
 
We have been doing a lot of fun turkey, indian, pilgrim and Mayflower crafts this week.  I wanted to share a few.  I pinned several that look really fun too!  Check it out here! (The "Candy" Corn on the Cob is my favorite!)
 
We did this fun color matching turkey!
 Skills Targeted:  Teach your tot color recognition, teach your to to sort by color, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot to match colors
 We also did this simple paper plate turkey and we wrote different things that we are thankful for on each feather.
Skills Targeted:  teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot life skills, teach your to kindness, teach your tot to be thankful
 
 

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Pumpkins and more

This upcoming week, would be a GREAT week to do Teach Your Tot's PUMPKIN theme with your toddlers.
The ORANGE theme also has a lot of great pumpkin activities! 

Through these fun themes, you and your toddler will have fun learning how to sort, learning the opposites sink and float, recognizing the color orange, singing, developing motor skills while making fun crafts, mixing colors to make new colors, learning different shapes, painting, reading and so much more!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Welcome baby boy! :-)

Sorry for the lack of posts lately...I have a really good (and cute) excuse though...
 
 Our growing family has kept me pretty busy these last few weeks!  I hope that everyone who has visited is still finding and using all of Teach Your Tot's 75+ themes!
I will be back soon!


Friday, September 21, 2012

Past Winner

I haven't heard from our Rodan and Fields eye cream winner!  Jessica Jo, email me at teachyourtot@gmail.com and I will send you your free product asap!  I will choose another winner by Sunday night if I haven't heard anything!  Thanks so much!
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