Friday, March 30, 2012

Purple

Book Suggestions:

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
Purple, Green, and Yellow by Robert N. Munsch
Mr. Pine's Purple House by Leonard Kessler
Harold and His Purple Crayon Under the Sea by Liza Baker
Baby Eye Like: Purple by Play Bac
Purple is Best by Dana Meachen Rau
Octavia and Her Purple Ink Cloud by Donna Rathmell

Activities:

Purple Eggs:
Materials: a variety of plastic eggs, small purple items
Description: Before doing this activity place small purple items inside purple plastic eggs. (You could also use pictures of purple items). Place the purple eggs in a basket or pile with other colored plastic eggs. Have your toddler pick out all the purple eggs in the basket. Count the purple eggs. Your toddler can then open each purple egg and find the purple items inside.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot to sort by color, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot to count
Mixing Colors:
Materials: red paint, blue paint, paintbrush, paper
Description: Place a small amount of red paint and a small amount of blue paint onto a piece of paper. Ask your toddler to identify each color. Have your toddler mix the colors together using a paintbrush. See if your toddler can tell you what color they have made by mixing red and blue. You could even have your toddler use the purple paint to paint a picture of grapes, eggplant, plums or some other purple object.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot creativity
Sort Jellybeans:
Materials: jellybeans
Description: Review Teach Your Tot’s Jellybean theme by having your toddler sort jellybeans by color. Place a handful of jellybeans in front of your toddler and have them place all the red ones in a pile, all the purple ones in a pile, all the green ones in a pile etc. Count each pile of jellybeans with your toddler. Have your little one eat the purple ones only!
Skills Targeted: teach your to sort by color, teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot to count, teach your tot motor skill development
Paint a Rainbow:
Materials: large piece of paper, marker, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple paint, paintbrush
Description: Draw a large rainbow shape onto a piece of paper. Tell your toddler that they are going to help you fill all the colors in on the rainbow. Write the word red on the top section of the rainbow and see if your toddler can find the red paint and paint the top section of the rainbow. Next write the word orange in the second part of the rainbow. Have your toddler find the orange paint and paint this section in. Continue doing this for each color of the rainbow. When all the colors are filled in, go back and have your toddler identify each color again.
Skills Targeted: Teach your tot Color recognition, teach your tot color/color word association, teach your tot to find a specific color when asked, teach your tot to follow directions, teach your tot creativity, teach your tot motor skill development
Hide and Seek:
Materials: purple plastic eggs
Description: Hide several purple plastic eggs around your house or outside in your yard. Have your toddler go on a purple egg hunt and find all the purple eggs. Place all the eggs in a basket and count them with your toddler when they are finished.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot to count, teach your tot to become familiar with the color purple
Purple Collage:
Materials: poster board or large paper, glue, scissors
Description: Throughout the week, you and your toddler can find and collect pictures of objects that are purple. Look everywhere: in magazines, in the mail, on the computer (print), in their toys etc. When your toddler finds something purple, have them glue it to a large poster board or piece of paper. Write the objects name under each picture and write the word purple on the top of the poster board. Add to this collage all week and refer to it often reading the words and talking about the purple objects.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot color/color word association, teach your tot to develop pre-reading skills, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot language development
Dye Purple Eggs:
Materials: purple egg dye or a package or grape Kool-Aid, cup, boiled white eggs
Description: Pick up a pack of egg dye from your local store, or a package of grape/purple Kool-Aid (if you are doing this theme when Easter Egg dye is not available). Mix the purple dye according to packaging directions or go here for directions on how to make dye out of Kool-Aid! Have your toddler place one egg at a time in the purple dye. Leave one egg for just a few seconds and another egg in for a longer time. See how the two eggs look different. Have your toddler tell you what one is darker and what one is lighter. You could extend this activity by making the red dye and the blue dye in two different cups. Your toddler can place an egg in the red dye first for a minute or two then place the same egg in the blue dye. See if their egg turns purple from mixing both red and blue dye on the egg.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot to mix colors to create a new color, teach your tot to compare darker and lighter, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot language development

Plant Purple Flowers:
Materials: shovel, dirt, purple flowers, flower pot (optional)
Description: Take your toddler to your local nursery and have them find purple flowers. When you get home your toddler can help you dig and plant the purple flowers in your yard, or they can plant the purple flowers in a flower pot. Talk to your toddler about the things that flowers need to live and grow (water, sunlight, dirt/food). Over the week your toddler can water the purple flowers.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to develop life skills, teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot language development, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot to understand that living things need food and water to grow
A Purple Bunch of Grapes:
Materials: purple paint, paper
Description: Your toddler can create a purple bunch of grapes by dipping their thumb into purple paint and stamping their thumbprint over and over again onto a piece of paper. To create the shape of a bunch of grapes, create a pyramid-like shape as shown below. Talk to your toddler about the color of the grapes.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot creativity
Grape Jelly:
Materials: grape jelly, paper
Description: Place a spoonful of grape jelly onto a piece of paper. Have your toddler identify the color of the grape jelly. Encourage your toddler to finger-paint with the grape jelly (they could use a Q-tip instead of their fingers if you don’t want to get too messy!). This will be a fun sticky project for your toddler. Be sure to wash their hands well when they are finished!
Skills Targeted: teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot creativity
Letter of the Week:
Description: This is a great week to focus on letter P with your toddler. Here are several activities you could do with your little one:
*Practice writing P in shaving cream, in a plate of sand, with a marker, crayon or pencil, or in grape jelly (see above activity).
*Find objects around your house that begin with P and take pictures of them (print the pictures and hang them on the refrigerator).
*Practice making the P sound with your toddler over the week.
*Draw a letter P on a piece of paper and have your toddler glue purple jellybeans or skittles on top of the letter P.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot letter recognition, teach your tot letter sound recognition, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot beginning phonemic awareness skills

Songs and Fingerplays:

The Colorful Fruit Song:
Sung to the tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb

I ate a grape and it was purple
it was purple, it was purple
I ate a grape and it was purple
Yummy, yummy, yum!

I ate a banana and it was yellow
it was yellow, it was yellow.
I ate a banana and it was yellow
yummy, yummy, yum!

I ate an apple and it was red,
It was red, it was red.
I ate an apple and it was red.
Yummy, yummy, yum!

I ate a blueberry and it was blue
it was blue, it was blue.
I ate a blueberry and it was blue
Yummy, yummy, yum!

I ate a cantaloupe and it was orange
it was orange, it was orange.
I ate a cantaloupe and it was orange
Yummy, yummy, yum!

I ate a pear and it was green
It was green, it was green.
I ate a pear and it was green
Yummy, Yummy, Yum!

Purple, Purple:
Sung to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle

Purple, Purple
Color Purple.
Beautiful is what you are.
The color of grapes and plums too
Purple Purple I love you.
Purple, Purple
Color Purple
Beautiful is what you are.

Purple, Purple, Purple:
Sung to the tune of Old McDonald

I loved a color
and it was purple
Purple, purple, purple.
Purple is the color of a grape
Purple, Purple, purple.
With a P-U-R-P-L-E,
purple, purple, purple.

I loved a color
and it was purple,
Purple, purple, purple
Purple is the color of a plum
Purple, purple, purple
With a P-U-R-P-L-E
Purple, purple, purple

Continue song with other purple objects

Online Fun:

Videos:
Visit www.sesamestreet.org for fun purple videos:

My Bucket Song
Barney:
Barney is purple! Visit Barney's website for fun videos and games that your toddler is sure to enjoy!

Coloring:
visit www.coloring.ws for free printable coloring pages

Grapes
Eggplant
Snacks and Recipes:

Colorful Fruit Snack:
Ingredients: grape, apple, banana, blueberry, cantaloupe, pear
Directions: Place a piece of each fruit (with the skin on except of the cantaloupe) on a plate for your toddler. Show your toddler all the different fruits and see if they can identify the colors and the fruits. Sing The Colorful Fruit Song (found above) with your toddler. As they sing about each color/fruit have your little one eat that fruit.

Purple Picnic:
Ingredients: grapes, purple fruit snacks, plums, grape jelly and toast, grape juice or any other purple foods
Directions: You and your toddler can have a purple picnic together. Lay out a blanket in your yard or in your house and spread all different purple foods out for your toddler to try!

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