Colors by Christine Coirault
Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert
One by Kathryn Otoshi
Color Kittens by Margaret Wise Brown
Pumpkins by Ken Robbins
Pumpkins by Jacqueline Farmer
Pumpkin Circle by George Levenson
The Pumpkin Book by Gail Gibbons
Materials: construction paper, scissors, glue
Description: * If you are not doing this activity around Halloween, you can sort any shapes or objects that you want! Just be sure to include something orange!
(This activity can be found under the cat theme! Remember, repetition is great for toddlers!) Cut out several orange pumpkin shapes from construction paper. Also cut out other Halloween shapes such as white ghosts, yellow moons, red candy, black bats, etc. Lay the shapes out in front of your toddler and have them sort all the different color shapes by putting them in seperate piles. Your little one can glue all these shapes onto a piece of paper when you are finished to create a Halloween Collage.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to sort, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot to count
Materials: small real or plastic pumpkins (or construction paper), a basket or bucket
Description: (You could also do an orange hunt using the fruit if you are not doing this activity when pumpkins are available) Hide several small pumpkins, real or plastic, (or you could cut your own from construction paper) around your house or backyard. Have your toddler go find the pumpkins and place them in their basket or bucket. When they have collected them all, have your toddler count the pumpkins that they found. Talk about their color as you are doing this activity.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot sensory development, teach your tot to get moving, teach your tot to count
Materials: construction paper, scissors, a copy of The Halloween Color Song (found below in songs and fingerplays), marker
Description: (This activity can also be found under the cat theme! Repetition is great for toddlers!!) Using The Halloween Color Song, draw and cut out each object mentioned in the song. For example: Cut out an orange pumpkin, a white ghost etc. Write the color word across each object. This is great for color word recognition. Sing the song with your toddler and hold up each object as you sing about it.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot color word recognition, teach your tot listening skills
Carve A Pumpkin:
Materials: pumpkin, carving knife (do not let your toddler use the knife), bowl, newspaper
Description: (This is a great activity to do before or after Halloween, but would be great to do anytime to reinforce color recognition) After choosing the perfect pumpkin, lay it on newspaper, cut off the top and let your toddler help you scrape out the insides. Talk with your toddler about how the inside of a pumpkin looks and feels. Save the seeds in the bowl to roast later. Talk with your toddler about what kind of face you want to give you pumpkin. Practice making happy, sad, mad, scary faces with your toddler. Carve a face in your pumpkin. As you are doing this, talk with your toddler about the color of the pumpkin.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot language development, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot sensory development, teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot to explore and observe
Materials: red and yellow paint, paper, paintbrush
Description: Squirt some red and yellow paint onto a piece of paper. Ask your toddler to name both of these colors and then to mix them together using a paintbrush. As they are mixing, ask them what color the paint is turning. (orange!) You could also draw a pumpkin shape or print out a pumpkin coloring page and your toddler could use the orange paint to paint the pumpkin.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot to mix and make new colors, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot to observe
Orange Pumpkin Wreath:
Materials: orange yarn, cardboard or other heavy paper such as a paper plate, scissors
Description: Cut a large ring out of construction paper or other heavy paper. Cut a long piece of orange yarn. Help your toddler get started by wrapping the yarn around the paper ring. Once your little one gets the hang of this they can continue on their own. When they have wrapped the whole paper ring with yarn either glue or staple the end of it so that it doesn’t come undone. (You can use this as a wreath. Your toddler can even glue orange leaves or other decorations to it and hang it on their door or your front door!)
Skills Targeted: teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot to follow directions
Paper Plate Pumpkin:
Materials: orange paint, paper plate, green and black construction paper, glue, scissors
Description: Talk to your toddler about the color of a pumpkin. Explain to them that they will make a paper plate pumpkin. Have your toddler paint a paper plate orange. Cut out two triangles and one oval from black construction paper and a rectangle from brown construction paper and another oval from green construction paper. Ask your toddler to identify these shapes and colors. When the paper plate dries, have your child glue the triangles onto the pumpkin for eyes and the black oval for the mouth. Next they can glue the brown rectangle and green oval to the top of the pumpkin as the stem and a leaf.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot shape recognition, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot to follow directions
Materials: several orange leaves, newspaper, wax paper, iron
Description: Take a nature walk with your toddler in your backyard or around your neighborhood. As you walk, talk about how leaves change color during the fall. Talk with your toddler about things that they see that are orange. Have your toddler collect several orange leaves. When you get home have your toddler place the leaves between two pieces of newspaper and place a heavy book on top of them. Let them dry like this for 24 hours. Your toddler can keep these leaves and use them for art projects, collages, cards, or simply just to hang on their wall.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot to love nature, teach your tot to get outdoors
Materials: a bag of mixed mini candy bars (such as hershey's, Reeses, Snickers, Milky Way etc), or candy from Trick-or-Treating
Description: Pour out the bag of candy in a pile for your toddler. Ask your toddler to find all the orange candies. Then have them sort the rest of the candies by making several piles. Count the candy in each pile. When they have sorted all the candy, ask your little one to tell you the color of each group's wrapper. The mini-candy bars are great for letter recognition b/c of the large print on the wrappers. See how many letters your toddler can identify on each candy wrapper.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to sort, teach your tot letter recognition, teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot to count
Materials: carrot, orange paint, paper
Description: Your toddler will love painting with a carrot! Instead of using a paint brush, let your toddler get creative using a carrot to paint with orange paint on a piece of paper. Have your little one hold the carrot. Talk about how it feels and what it looks like. Also, talk about the color of the carrot and the color of the paint as they do this activity!
Skills Targeted: teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot to recognize vegetables, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot sensory development, teach your tot to be creative
Materials: an orange, a box, paper, orange paint
Description: Cut a piece of paper to fit inside of your box. Show your little one the orange. Have them hold it, feel it, tell you what color and shape it is. Have your toddler help you squeeze several drops of orange paint onto the paper in the box. Drop the orange in the box and your little one can move the box back and forth and side to side, moving the paint all around.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot shape recognition, teach your tot about fruits, teach your tot sensory development, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot to be creative
Songs and Fingerplays:
The Halloween Color Song:
(sung to the tune of Bingo)
On Halloween I saw a pumpkin
And it was orange.
The pumpkin was Orange.
On Halloween I saw a ghost
And it was white.
The ghost was white.
On Halloween I saw a cat
And it was black
The cat was black.
On Halloween I saw a moon
And it was yellow.
The moon was yellow.
On Halloween I saw a spider
And it was brown.
The spider was brown.
On Halloween I saw some leaves
And they were red.
The fall leaves were red.
Orange Orange Orange:
Sung to the tune of Jingle Bells
Orange Orange Orange
Orange orange Orange
I love orange
Orange is bright
Orange is happy
Orange is alright!
Orange Orange Orange
Orange Orange Orange
What is Orange?
Pumpkins are orange
Carrots are too
I love orange, do you?
(sung to the tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb)
I see an orange tree
orange tree, orange tree
I see an orange tree
Count the oranges
And one more,
That makes 10.
Lets go pick them!
Tap the Color by Fisherprice
Colors and Shapes by Fisherprice
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Recipes and Snacks:
Orange Snack Ideas:
oranges, cheez-its, goldfish
Ingredients: cookie dough, pumpkin cookie cutter, orange food coloring (or mix red and yellow), icing
Directions: Roll out cookie dough and have your toddler press the pumpkin cookie cutter into the dough to cut the cookies. Place cookies on cookie sheet and bake according to packaging directions. Mix orange food coloring and icing. When the cookies cool, your toddler can icing the pumpkin cookies. Talk about what color pumpkins are as you are doing this.
Ingredients: 8 oz. cream cheese, 15 oz. can pumpkin pie filling, 2 cups powdered sugar, 1/2 tsp. ginger, 1 tsp. cinnamon
Directions: Have your toddler help you combine and mix all of the ingredients. Serve with gingersnaps, vanilla wafers, apple slices, crackers etc.