Friday, February 3, 2012

Pink

Book Suggestions:

Priscilla and the Pink Planet by Nathaniel Hobbie
Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann
Colors by Simms Taback
My First Color Board Book by DK Publishing
My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss
How Do Dinosaurs Learn Their Colors? by Jane Yolen
The Ten Color Book by William Accorsi
Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert
SkippyJon Jones: Color Crazy by Judy Schachner

Activities:

My Pink Collection:
Materials: pink items, small mailbox found in the dollar spot at target
Description: There are so many great pink items in Target's dollar spot right now. One of my favorites is the small pink mailboxes. If you are in Target, grab one of these mailboxes and throughout the week, have your toddler find pink objects around your house. They can store all of their pink items in their pink mailbox. At the end of the week, take out the objects, name them and count them. You could even glue them to a piece of paper and make a pink collage. Write each objects name under the object and see if your toddler can tell you what letter each object starts with.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot color identification, teach your tot to count, teach your tot beginning letter sound, teach your tot sensory development, teach your tot language development



Mixing Colors:
Materials: White and red paint, paintbrush, paper
Description: Place a good amount of white paint onto a piece of paper. Have your toddler identify the color. Place a small amount of red paint on top of the white paint. Have your toddler identify this color also. Using a paintbrush, have your toddler mix the colors together until they make pink (you may have to add more white or red paint to get the right color pink). Ask your toddler what color they made. You could draw or cut out a heart shape and have your toddler use the pink paint to paint it.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot color identification, teach your tot to develop an understanding of mixing two colors together to create a new color, teach your tot motor skill development



Sorting:
Materials: Several pink heart, red hearts, white hearts and purple hearts. (You could use the candy Valentines hearts)
Description: Draw or print several hearts in each of the follow colors: pink, red, white, and purple. Cut out each heart and lay them in front of your toddler. Ask your toddler to name the shape (heart). Have your little one sort all the hearts by color. Count each stack of hearts when they are finished. Have your toddler identify each color also.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot to sort by color, teach your tot to count, teach your tot shape identification



Pink Patterns:
Materials: light pink flowers (cut from construction paper or printed), hot pink flowers (cut from construction paper or printed)
Description: Show the different flowers to your toddler. Have them identify the color. Talk with your little one about the different shades of pink. Which is light? Which is bright? Which is darker? Help your toddler get their pattern started. Place a light pink flower first then a hot pink flower. Continue the pattern and when you think your toddler is ready, ask them what flower goes next. When you finish the pattern together, see if your toddler can make a simple pattern themselves. These simple patterns are called AB patterns. Count the flowers in the pattern when your toddler completes their pattern.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to understand simple patterns, teach your tot to continue a simple pattern, teach your tot to create a simple pattern, teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot to count

Pink Flowers:
Materials: cardstock paper, pencil, scissors, pink paint, green pipe cleaners, a small vase
Description: Your toddler will have fun creating their own pink flowers. Draw several flowers onto a piece of cardstock. Have your toddler take time to paint the flowers pink. Ask them to identify the color. Set the paper aside until it dries then cut out the flowers. Have your toddler help you poke a green pipe cleaner through the center of each flower. (You might want to loop it at the top so that it is not pointy). Your toddler can put all the flowers into a vase and use this as your centerpiece for the week! Count the flowers in the vase.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot color identification, teach your tot to be creative, teach your tot to count, teach your tot motor skill development



Valentine's Color Song:
Materials: construction paper or felt, scissors, glue, popsicle sticks (if using construction paper)
Description: Cut hearts from pink, purple, red, blue, white, yellow, orange, green (you could do as many colors as you wanted) construction paper or felt. If you use construction paper you could glue the hearts to Popsicle sticks and hold up each colored heart as you sing the song. Or you could place each different colored felt heart on a felt board as you sing the Valentine's Day Color Song. (Found below under Songs and Fingerplays).
Skills Targeted: teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot sensory development



Decorate Cookies:
Materials: cookie dough, icing, red food coloring, popsicles sticks, pink sprinkles, heart cookie cutter
Description: Make the cookie dough according to packaging directions. Have your toddler help you sprinkle flour on a clean surface, roll the cookie dough, and cut out hearts with a heart shaped cookie cutter. Place on a baking sheet and bake according to directions. Once the cookies have cooled, place some icing into a bowl and add a little red food coloring. Have your toddler mix it around until the icing is pink (if it turns red, add more icing). Your toddler can use a Popsicle stick to spread the pink icing on their heart cookies. Last your child can add pink sprinkles to the cookies. As you are doing this project with your little one, talk to them about the color pink. What letter does pink start with? You could even write the word pink in the flour or in the icing on a cookie.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot beginning sounds, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot language development, teach your tot sensory development, teach your tot to follow directions

Butterfly Valentine Cards:
Materials: Pink construction paper, red construction paper, glue, scissors, markers or crayons
Description: Cut out two large pink hearts from construction paper. Cut out several small pink and red hearts from construction paper. The two large hearts are the butterfly’s wings and the small hearts are the body of the butterfly. (Alternate red and pink to make an AB pattern). Talk with your toddler about which hearts are big and which ones are small. Have your toddler help you glue all the hearts together to make a butterfly. Talk to them about the different colors and about the simple pattern that you can make using the small hearts. Once the butterfly is dry, your toddler can color and decorate the wings. Write To: And From: on the wings and send this as a Valentine's Day Card!
Skills Targeted: teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot language development, teach your tot to develop an understanding of simple patterns, teach your tot to compare and contrast big and small



Pink Flower for Valentine's Day:
Materials: pink flowers, dirt, flower pot, pink paint, pink stickers, shovel
Description: Talk to your toddler about how it is nice to give and that Valentine's Day is a special day to show people you love them. Ask your toddler who they could like to give some Valentine's Flowers too. Your little one can decorate a flower pot using pink paint, heart sticks and pink sequences. Talk with your toddler about the color pink as they do this. When the paint dries, help your toddler plant the pink flowers into their flower pot. Ask your little one what color the flowers are. Count the flowers. Be sure that your toddler adds water to the flowers. Talk with them about how flowers need water to grow just like we do. Deliver these Valentine's flowers to a special someone in your toddler's life!
Skills Targeted: teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot language development, teach your tot sensory development, teach your tot to be creative, teach your tot to develop an understanding of what it means to give

Songs and Fingerplays:

Valentine's Color Song:
sung to the tune of Bingo

On Valentine's I got a heart
and it was pink
p-I-n-k, p-I-n-k, p-I-n-k
The heart was pink.

On Valentine's I got a heart
And it was red.
R-e-d, R-e-d, R-e-d
The heart was red.

On Valentine’s I got a heart
And it was purple
P-u-r-p-l-e, p-u-r-p-l-e, p-u-r-p-l-e
The heart was purple.

Continue singing this song using different color hearts!


Pink Pink Pink:
sung to the tune of jingle bells

Pink pink pink
Pink pink pink
Many things are pink
pigs are pink
bubble gum's pink,
my tongue is pink, I think!

Pink pink pink
Pink pink pink
Valentine's hearts are pink.
Flowers are pink
some candy is too
I love pink don't you

Online Fun:

Coloring Pages:

Visit www.coloring.ws for free Valentine coloring pages

Recipes and Snacks:

Decorate Cookies:
You and your toddler will have fun decorating heart shaped cookies with pink icing. See the directions in the Activities section above.

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