Friday, December 16, 2011

Red

Book Suggestions:

My First Colors Board Book by DK Publishing
How do Dinosaurs learn their Colors? by Jane Yolen
The 10 Color Book by William Accorsi
Red Train by Will Grace
Lemons are not Red by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Hello, Red Fox by Eric Carle
The Red Lemon by Bob Staake
Who Said Red? by Mary Serfozo

Activities:

Where is Red?
Materials: a box of crayons, paper
Description: Give your toddler an 8 pack box of crayons. Allow them to open the box and explore the different colors. Give them a piece of paper and let them color with each color. Once they have done this, ask them to pick out the red crayon. Help them find it if they are having trouble. Show them the name of the color on the crayon. On a different sheet of paper, draw several simple objects that are red (ex. An apple, a heart, a flower etc.). Have your little one color these objects. As they are doing this, talk about how each of these things is red.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot language development, teach your tot to discover and explore, teach your tot motor skill development


Grocery Store:
Description: Let your little one accompany you to the grocery store this week. When you get to the produce section, have them find all of the fruits and vegetables that are red. (Maybe even buy a few of these red foods for snacks this week!)
Skills Targeted: teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot to discover and explore, teach your tot about healthy foods


Fun Finger Paint:
Materials: shaving cream, red tempera paint, paper
Description: Mix shaving cream with red tempera paint to create unique finger-paint. Your toddler will build sensory development skills as they enjoy painting with this special paint as. Talk about the color red, while your little one is painting.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot sensory development skills, teach your tot motor skills, teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot language development skills

Red Hunt:
Materials: red objects gathered from outside, glue, paper
Description: There are so many things in nature that are red. Take your toddler outside and see if they can find a variety of red objects in your own backyard. You could also do this inside your house. Collect several of these red objects and make a collage by gluing them to piece of paper. Count your objects and talk about the color red while you do this activity.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to explore the world around them, teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot to count, teach your tot language development, teach your tot to follow directions





Paint with Strawberries:
Materials: paper, strawberries, apple, cherries or other red foods
Description: Give your toddler several strawberries. Talk about what color they are. Help your little one use the strawberries to paint on a piece of paper. (You may have to help them press the strawberry onto the paper) This gets pretty messy, but it can be a unique way to create art with a non-traditional art supply.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to create, teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot sensory development skills, teach your tot to create art by using non-tradition supplies, teach your tot motor skill development

Mixing Colors:
Materials: red, yellow, and blue paint, paper, paint brushes
Description: Put yellow and blue paint into a bowl. Squeeze some red paint into each bowl and have your toddler mix them up. Talk to your toddler about the colors that you mixed and the new colors that are made. Your little one can use their newly created colors to paint.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot to mix colors, teach your tot to discover and explore, teach your tot to make new colors, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot to create


Wear Red:
Materials: red clothes
Description: Choose a day this week for you and your toddler to dress all in red. Have your child help you pick out their red clothes and your red clothes from your closets. You could even have a Red Day party and invite your friends to dress in red and come over. You could serve red snacks and red juice!
Skills Targeted: Teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot life skills, teach your tot to make choices

Find the Red Ball:
Materials: 3 cups, a small red ball
Description: Place three cups with their opening down on the ground. Show your toddler the red ball and place it under one of the red cups. Move the cups around for a few seconds. Have your child see if they can follow the cup with the red ball and guess what cup it is under. Once you do this several times, allow your toddler to put the ball under the cup and try to trick you!
Skills Targeted: teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot to follow directions, teach your tot to play games, teach your tot to make guesses

Red Water:
Materials: bucket or water table, red food coloring, toys to play in the water.
Description: Fill a bucket or water table with water and add several drops of red food coloring until you get the desired color. Provide a variety of toys (such as cups, spoons, measuring spoons, watering can etc) for your child to use to play in the water. Talk about the color of the water with your child.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot sensory development, teach your tot to play, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot language development


Red Balls:
Materials: different color cotton pom-poms (found the in the craft section at Wal-mart) or small red balls, cooking tongs, a big spoon, a bucket or bowl
Description: Throw a bunch of different color pom-poms or small balls across the floor. Have your toddler collect and gather only the red ones using cooking tongs and put them into a bowl. Count them with your toddler and talk about their color. Next have your toddler try to balance a red pompom or ball on a big kitchen spoon. They can even try to walk around the room without it falling.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot language development, teach your tot to count, teach your tot sensory development, teach your tot motor skill development





Songs and Fingerplays:

I Had a Red Hat:
(sung to the tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb)

I had a red hat,
a red hat, a red hat.
I had a red hat
and on my head it sat.

The wind blew my red hat,
my red hat, my red hat.
The wind blew my red hat
right off my head.

I ran after my red hat,
my red hat, my red hat.
I ran after my red hat.
I chased it down real fast.

My red hat, I put back,
I put back, I put back.
My red hat, I put back,
right on top my head.

5 Red Apples:

5 red apples, at the store.
I ate one,
Now there are 4.

4 red apples on the tree.
A squirrel at one,
Now there are 3.

3 red apples, shiny and new.
My sister ate one,
Now there are 2.

2 red apples, yum yum yum.
My brother ate one,
Now there is 1.

1 red apple in the sun.
My dog ate one,
Now there are none.

Red:
(sung to the tune of Jingle Bells)

Red, red, red
Red, red, red
I like the color red.
I have a quilt that is red
right on top my bed.

Red, red, red,
Red, red, red
I like the color red.
I have a hat that is red
right on top my head.

Red, red, red
Red, red, red
I like the color red.
I'm holding an apple in my hand,
but I will eat it instead.

Red Can be:

Red can be a pretty flower.
Red can be a candy that is sour.
Red can a lovely heart.
Or it can be a Valentine's Day tart.
Red can be a ladybug flying around.
Red can be a rose planted in the ground.
Red can be an apple...yum.
Or it can be a balloon...fun!

Online Fun:

Classic Sesame Street Video:
Red and Blue

Games:
Color games at www.sesamestreet.org

Fisher Price Colors and Shapes

Fisher Price Tap and Color

Snacks and Recipes:

Red Snacks:
strawberries
raspberries
apples
watermelon

Cookies:
Simply make cookies according to packaging directions. Dye icing red, using food coloring. Have your toddler icing the cookies themselves!

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