Friday, July 8, 2011

Blue

July 10-16: Blue

Book Suggestions:

Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni
Blue Hat, Green Hat by Sandra Boynton
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
The Deep Blue Sea by Audrey Wood
SkippyJon Jones: Color Crazy by Judy Schachner
Dog's Colorful Day by Emma Dodd
One by Kathryn Otoshi

Activities:

Blue Fun:
Materials: blue markers, crayon, pencil, and paint
Description: You and your toddler can explore the color blue in a variety of different ways. Provide blue markers, crayons, pencils and paint for your toddler and let them have fun! Talk about the color blue with them as they create a blue picture!
Skills Targeted: color recognition, enhance creativity, language development, motor skill development

Mixing Colors:
Materials: blue, red, and yellow paint, paint brushes, paper
Description: Pour a little blue and red paint onto a piece of paper for your toddler. Talk about these two colors with your child. Give them a paint brush and let them mix the colors together and paint. Let your toddler what discover what color blue and red make (purple). Next pour a little blue and yellow paint onto a different piece of paper. Talk about what colors are on the paper, then give your toddler a different paint brush and let them mix these two colors together. See if they can identify the new color that blue and yellow make.
Skills Targeted: mix colors to make new colors, color recognition, motor skill development, language development, enhance creativity

Blue collage:
Materials: scissors, glue, paper, magazines, pictures etc.
Description: With your toddler take a look at kid-friendly magazines or pictures. Have your toddler point to blue objects that they see in the magazines or pictures. Cut out the blue objects that your toddler finds and have your toddler glue them onto a piece of paper to create a blue collage. When you are finished, you could write what each object is using a marker.
Skills Targeted: color recognition, motor skill development, associate words with pictures

Blue Shapes:
Materials: different color construction paper (including blue), scissors
Description: Prior to doing this activity with your toddler cut out circles, squares and triangles from a variety of different colors. Lay all the shapes across a table or on the floor. Ask you toddler to first find all the blue shapes. You can extend this activity by laying all the shapes back onto the table and asking your toddler to find only the blue circles, then only the blue squares, then only the blue triangles etc. This activity is great for helping your little identify shapes and the color blue.
Skills Targeted: sorting, shape recognition, color recognition

Nature Walk:
Description: Take your toddler on a nature walk outside. Talk about all the different things that you see and hear. As you are walking, ask your little one to find blue objects that they see. (Cars, trucks, the sky, flowers, houses etc.)
Skills Targeted: language development, sensory development, learn to appreciate the world around them, color recognition


Pictures of Blue:
Materials: a camera
Description: With adult supervision and guidance, you toddler can find blue objects around your house and take pictures of them. If you have a digital camera, download the blue pictures and look at them with your toddler on the computer. You can also have these pictures printed and let your toddler look at them. Once they are printed, you can write the objects name onto each picture as well (use a white sharpie marker or write on the pictures using text before you print them).
Skills Targeted: follow directions, color recognition, associate words with pictures

Wear Blue:
Description: You and your toddler can pick a day to wear blue! Talk about this special day a few days ahead of time and get your toddler excited about blue day! Let your child pick out their own blue clothes and they can even pick out blue clothes for you. Wear your blue clothes all day. You could even have a blue party and invite friends to wear blue and come over for a play date.
Skills Targeted: color recognition

Blue Water:
Materials: squirt bottles, eye droppers, blue food coloring, water
Description: Fill a squirt bottle with water and let your toddler help you put a few drops of blue food coloring into the water. Fill a bowl or cup with water and let your toddler add blue food coloring to this too. Let your toddler squirt the blue water onto a piece of paper and use an eye dropper to drop blue water onto the piece of paper. (This could stain, so be sure to do it outside or somewhere that will not ruin your floors or furniture.)
Skills Targeted: color recognition, enhance creativity


Songs and Finger plays:

Blue Blue Blue:
(sung to the tune of Jingle Bells)

Blue blue blue
Blue blue blue
I love blue.
The sky is blue,
eyes are blue,
birds are blue too.

Blue blue blue
Blue blue blue
I love blue.
There are so many things
that are blue,
do you love blue too?

Blue blue blue
Blue blue blue
I love blue.
Water is blue,
cookie monster's blue,
Grover is too

Blue blue blue
Blue blue blue
I love blue.
There are so many things
that are blue.
Do you love blue too?

Blue World:
(this poem would be great to do using your homemade felt board)

A blue bird house
hung in a tree.
A blue bird
flew in it happily.
A blue car
drove right by
and made the blue bird
fly back into the blue sky.
Out of the blue water jumped a blue fish,
and the blue bird tried to catch it, but missed.
So, the blue bird flew back to the tree,
where the blue bird house hung happily.

5 Little Bluebirds:

5 little bluebirds sitting on a fence.
One flew away because it was bored,
now there are 4.

4 little bluebirds sitting on a fence.
One flew away to sit on a tree,
Now there are 3.

3 little bluebirds sitting on a fence.
One flew up into the sky so blue,
Now there are 2.

2 little bluebirds sitting on a fence.
One flew up to try to touch the sun,
Now there is 1.

1 little bluebird sitting on a fence.
It flew away to find more friends,
Now there is none.

The Bluebird:
(sung to the tune of On Top of Old Smokey)

Up in the blue sky,
All filled with white clouds.
I saw a blue bird
learning to fly.
It flapped its blue wings
And gave me a smile.
Then at little blue bird
started to sing.

Blue Ball:
(sung to the tune of Hokey Pokey)

Hold your blue ball up.
Hold your blue ball down.
Hold your blue ball up
And you shake it all round.
Take a look at your ball.
What color do you see?
It is blue...Yippee!

Throw your blue ball up.
Watch it come down.
Throw your blue ball up.
And you shake it all around.
Take a look at your ball.
What color do you see?
It is blue...yippee!

Roll your blue ball to me.
I roll it back.
Roll your blue ball to me.
And shake it carefully.
Take a look at your ball.
What color do you see?
It is blue...yippee!


Online Fun:

Sesame Street:
Video:
Red and Blue

Games:
Colors and Shapes

Coloring Book

Recipes:

Blue Cupcakes:
Ingredients:
1 box cupcake mix
cupcake pan
cupcakes tins
icing
blue food coloring

Make cupcakes according to packaging directions. While the cupcakes are baking, have your toddler help you dye the icing blue by squeezing several drops of food coloring into the icing and stirring it. Once the cupcakes have cooked and cooled, your child can help you icing them.

Blue Jell-O:
Make blue Jell-o according to packaging directions for a fun themed snack this week.

Blue Pudding:
Make vanilla pudding according to packaging directions. Let your toddler help you put a couple of drops of food coloring in it and stir to dye it blue.

1 comment:

Shonda said...

I'm going to have a blue week coming up and I'm going to use a lot of your ideas!

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