Friday, September 9, 2011

Yellow


Book Suggestions:

Yellow by Sarah L. Schuette
Little Blue Little Yellow by Leo Lionni
Fuzzy Yellow Ducklings: Fold out Fun with Textures, Colors, Shapes, Animals by Matthew Van Fleet
Purple, Green, Yellow by Robert Munsch
Yellow Square by David A. Carter
Yellow by Patricia Stockland
Big Yellow Trucks and Diggers by Caterpillar

Activities:

Yellow Collage:
Materials: poster board (or large piece of paper), glue, scissors
Description: Throughout the week, find and keep yellow objects that you and your toddler come across. Keep a poster board in sight and as your toddler finds a yellow object have them glue it to the poster board. (Check the mail, wrappers, magazines, etc for yellow objects)
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to recognize colors, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot color word recognition, teach your tot sensory development

Yellow Nature Walk:
Description: Take a walk outside with our toddler and have them find everything yellow. (You could also take pictures of these objects and start a yellow collage on a poster board.)
Skills Targeted: teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot to appreciate nature, teach your tot to get outdoors, teach your tot sensory development

Yellow Shapes:
Materials: construction paper, scissors
Description: Cut out each different shape in a variety of colors. Spread these shapes out in front of your toddler. See if your little one can identify the different shapes and colors. Next have your toddler pick out only the yellow shapes. As an extension to this activity, have your little one pick out only the yellow triangles. Then find only the yellow rectangles. Then only the yellow circles, etc. (Your toddler could even glue these yellow shapes onto their yellow collage when they are finished working with them)
Skills Targeted: teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot shape recognition, teach your tot to sort, teach your tot sensory development, teach your tot to follow directions

Yellow Art:
Materials: yellow paint, yellow markers, yellow crayon, yellow colored pencil, yellow crafts, paper
Description: Have your toddler create using a variety of different yellow art supplies. They can paint with yellow paint, draw with a yellow marker, crayon, and colored pencil. They can also glue on yellow crafts such as pom-poms, sequences, ribbon, felt etc. They will have fun getting creative.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot to be creative, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot sensory development

Mixing Yellow:
materials: blue, yellow, red paint, paper, paint brushes
Description: Squirt some yellow paint and some red paint next to each other on a piece of paper. Your toddler can mix these two colors together using a paintbrush. Let them identify the color that yellow and red make. Next, squirt some yellow and blue paint next to each other on a different piece of paper and have your toddler mix these colors together using a different paintbrush. See if your little one can identify the color that is made from mixing yellow and blue.
* You can sing The Mixing Color song as you do this activity with your toddler. The words are found below under Songs and Fingerplays.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot to make new colors, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot sensory development

Yellow sunshine hands:
Materials: yellow construction paper, glue
Description: Talk with your toddler about the sun. Show them a picture of the sun and ask them what color it is. Trace your toddlers hand several times on a piece of yellow construction paper and cut them out. Glue the palm part of each hand on top of one another, turning each hand slightly so that the fingers create the sunshine rays. You can write the word sun on it.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot sensory development, teach your tot to be creative, teach your tot motor skill development

Make Lemonade:
Materials: lemonade mix, a pitcher, cups, lemons, water
Description: You and your toddler can make lemonade together either using a mix or make a homemade recipe. Cut up lemons for your toddler and let them squeeze the lemons into the lemonade. Talk to your toddler about the color of the lemons. Have a lemonade party and drink it together. You and your toddler could even set up a lemonade stand and offer it to your neighbors.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to cook, teach your tot follow directions, teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot life skills

Fun with Yellow Paint:
Materials: yellow paint, paper, a box, a golf ball or other small ball
Description: Your toddler can create a fun art design. Lay a piece of paper at the bottom of a box (the top of a shoe box would work well). Squirt a little paint on the paper and place a golf ball into the box. Let your toddler shake the box around so that the ping pong rolls all over the paper moving the yellow paint around. When they are finished take the piece of paper out of the box, let it dry, and write the word yellow on it for your toddler to see.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot color word recognition, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot sensory development, teach your tot to be creative

Paint with corn:
Materials: yellow corn (on the cob), yellow paint, paper
Description: Corn is a yellow food and can be a great painting tool! Give your toddler some yellow paint and a piece of corn and see what they create. Encourage them to roll the corn across their paper and see the shapes it makes. They can also stamp the corn on the paper for a fun design.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot sensory development, teach your tot to be creative

Wear Yellow:
Materials: Yellow clothes
Description: This is a great end of the week activity for yellow week! But any day will work! Let your toddler pick out yellow clothes from their closet and from yours! Dress in all yellow that day.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot life skills, teach your tot sensory development
Sun:
Materials: Styrofoam ball, yellow paint, yellow pipe cleaners (cut in half)
Description: Give your toddler some yellow paint and see if they can tell you what color it is. Explain that the sun is yellow and you will make a sun. Have your toddler paint the Styrofoam ball yellow. When it dries help your toddler stick the yellow pipe cleaners around the Styrofoam ball to make a sun.
Skills targeted: teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot to be creative

Songs and Fingerplays:

Yellow is the Color of the Sun:
(sung to the tune of If You're Happy and You Know It)

Yellow is the color of the sun.
(Clap clap clap)
Yellow is the color of the sun.
(clap clap clap)
There is so much to see
That is yellow, just listen to me.
Yellow is the color of the sun.

Yellow is the color of a flower.
(clap clap clap)
Yellow is the color of a flower.
(clap, clap, clap)
There is so much to see
That is yellow, just listen to me.
Yellow is the color of a flower.

Yellow is the color of a duckling.
(clap clap clap)
Yellow is the color of a duckling.
(clap, clap, clap)
There is so much to see
That is yellow, just listen to me.
Yellow is the color of a duckling.

You and your toddler can brainstorm more yellow objects and continue this song!

I Love Yellow
(Sung to the tune of the Barney Theme Song)

I love yellow
Can't you see?
The color yellow is so pretty.
Just take a look at a flower or the sun.
Yellow can be so much fun.

Mixing Colors Song:
(sung to the tune of Jingle Bells)

Yellow and Red
Yellow and Red
Mixing yellow and red
Stir them together.
What color do you see?
Orange in front of me.

Yellow and blue
Yellow and blue
Mixing yellow and blue.
Stir them together.
What color do you see?
Green in front of me.

Yellow Is...:

Yellow is the color of the sun.
Yellow is so much fun.
Yellow is a banana peel.
Yellow is squash, my mom made me eat with my meal.
Yellow is a baby chick.
Yellow is a Popsicle to lick.
Yellow is a sign on the road.
Yellow is clay to mold.
Yellow is a bus that goes to school.
I think Yellow is pretty cool!

Online Fun:

Coloring Pages:
Here are some fun coloring pages of things that are yellow from www.coloring.ws.

School Bus
Popcorn
Sun
Banana
Recipes and Snacks:

Yellow Taste Test:
Ingredients: squash (cooked), banana, lemon, yellow Popsicle, corn, other yellow foods
Lay these foods out for your toddler to see. Ask your little one what color all of these foods are. Explain to your toddler that some foods have skin or peels on them that we can't eat. Teach your toddler how to peel a banana. Cut the lemon and squash for them. Your toddler can taste each of these yellow foods and tell you how they taste (sweet, sour, salty etc.) and which ones they did and didn't like. To make this more fun, you could put all the yellow foods into a muffin tin!

Sunshine Cookies:
Ingredients: cookie dough, icing, yellow food coloring, pretzel sticks
Directions: Bake cookies according to packaging directions. As the cookies are cooling, have your toddler help you make yellow icing by squirting several drops of yellow food coloring into a bowl of icing and mixing it up. Let them help you dip several pretzel sticks into the yellow icing to coat them (this will get messy!). Poke the pretzel sticks around the side of the cookies to make the sunshine's rays. Icing the cookie yellow! YUMMY!
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