Friday, April 27, 2012

Brown

Book Suggestions:

Brown Bear, Brown Bear What do you see? by Bill Martin and Eric Carle
Brown by Michael Dahl
Colors by Eric Carle
Colors by Roger Priddy
Colors by Simms Taback
My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss
How Do Dinosaurs Learn Their Colors? by Jane Yolen

Activities:

Brown Bear, Brown Bear:

Materials: pictures of animals, Popsicle sticks, glue, crayons

Description: Print or draw the different animals in the book Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? Read the book to your toddler. Show them one picture at a time of each different animal. See if they can recall what color the animal was. If they have trouble, look back in the book and see what color the animal is. Have your toddler color the animals the same color that they are in the book. Cut out each animal and glue each one to a Popsicle stick. Reread the story and hold up each animal as you read about it. Do this several times throughout the week. At the end of the week, see if your toddler can retell the story themselves using the Popsicle stick animals. If they are too young to do this, hold up each animal and have them name the animal and what color it is.

Skills Targeted: teach our tot color recognition, teach you tot to retell a story, teach your tot pre-reading skills, teach your tot animal recognition, teach your tot repetition, teach your tot language development


Shades of brown:

Materials: brown and white paints, paper, paintbrush

Description: Help your toddler make different shades of brown. Have them paint using brown paint. Next mix a little white paint with some brown paint and paint with this color. Talk to your little one about the differences in the two colors. What one is lighter, which one is darker? You can do this again, but this time add more white paint, making the brown color even lighter. Compare and contrast all three colors with your toddler.

Skills Targeted: teach your tot color recognition, teach you tot to be creative, teach your tot to mix colors, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot sensory development, teach your tot to compare and contrast, teach your tot to understand light and dark colors

Brown Collage:

Materials: Paper, glue, brown items found around your house or outside

Description: Throughout the week, encourage your little one to find items around your house or outside that are brown (ex: leaves, bark, crayon, paper bag, stickers etc). As they find brown objects, glue them to a piece of paper and write the name of each object under it. Review all the brown objects on their collage throughout the week. Count the objects and see if your toddler can tell you what sound each item begins with.

Skills Targeted: teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot to count, teach your tot to listen to beginning sounds, teach your tot sensory development, teach your tot motor skill development

Nature Walk:

Description: Take your toddler on a nature walk outside. As you walk, have your toddler find things in their environment that are brown. Talk about each object. If it is not dangerous, bring the object home to add to their brown collage.

Skills Targeted: teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot to develop a love to nature, teach your tot language development

Tear Art Tree:

Materials: paper, brown construction paper, sponge, green paint, marker, glue

Description: Take your toddler outside to look at a tree. Talk about what color the trunk is and what color the leaves are. Draw a tree shape on a piece of white paper. Help your little one tear a piece of brown construction paper into many small pieces. Glue all the pieces to the trunk of the tree. As you do this with your toddler, talk about what color the trunk is. Your toddler can add green leaves by dipping a sponge or cotton ball in green paint and dabbing it onto the top of the tree trunk.

Skills Targeted: teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot sensory development, teach your tot language development

Brown Cupcakes:

Materials: chocolate cake mix, chocolate icing, cupcake tins

Description: Have your toddler help you make the cupcake batter according to packaging directions. Talk about the color of the batter as you make it. Pour it in cupcake tins and bake them according to packaging directions. When the cupcakes have cooked and cooled, have your toddler help you spread chocolate icing on each cupcake. Talk about the color of the icing while you do this. Eat and enjoy these yummy brown treats together!

Skills Targeted: teach your tot to develop life skills (cooking), teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot sensory development, teach your tot language development

Plant Flowers:

Materials: flowers or seeds, flower pot, dirt, shovel

Description: Have your toddler help you plant flowers using brown dirt. Your little one can shovel dirt into the bottom of a flower pot. As they do this talk about the color of the dirt. Place the flower or seeds in the pot and cover it with more brown dirt. Continue to water the flower and give it lots of sunshine.

Skills Targeted: teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot understand that plants need dirt, teach your tot water and sun to live, teach your tot motor skill development

What Color is hiding:

Materials: balls or pom poms of different colors (if you do not have any different color balls you could paint ping pong balls different colors), a sock or bucket

Description: Place all the different color balls into a large sock or bucket. Have your toddler reach their hand into the sock or bucket and pull out one ball at a time. See if you little one can name each color ball as they pull it out.

Skills Targeted: teach your tot color recognition

Matching Game:

Materials: a variety of different color paint chips (you get these for free at a home improvement store). You will need two of each color.

Description: Lay all the paint chips out for your toddler to see. Have your toddler match all the same colors together, naming the colors as they match them. If you toddler is older, you can use these paint chips to play the game of memory.

Skills Targeted: teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot to match, teach your tot memory skills, teach your tot sensory development

Sand Fun:

Materials: sand or dirt, a sand table or bucket, spoons or other items to dig and play in the sand

Description: Sand is light brown and it is great fun for toddler to play in. Fill a sand table or bucket with sand (or dirt) and give them spoons, measuring cups, or other items to play in the sand. Ask them to tell you what color the sand is as they play.

Skills Targeted: teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot sensory development, teach your tot color recognition

Songs and Fingerplays:

Fruit Song:

Sung to the tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb
I ate a red strawberry
red strawberry red strawberry
I ate a red strawberry
R-E-D
I ate a yellow banana
yellow banana yellow banana
I ate a yellow banana
Y-e-l-l-o-w
I ate a green apple
green apple, green apple
I ate a green apple
G-r-e-e-n
I ate an orange orange
orange orange, orange orange
I ate an orange orange
O-r-a-n-g-e
I ate a brown kiwi
brown kiwi, brown kiwi
I ate a brown kiwi
b-r-o-w-n
I ate a purple grape
purple grape, purple grape
I ate a purple grape
P-u-r-p-l-e
(you could print out pictures of each fruit and show them to your toddler as you sing about them.)

Brown Brown Brown:

Sung to the tune of Jingle Bells
Brown brown brown
Brown brown brown
I love the color brown.
Bears are brown,
Tree trunks are brown.
So are buildings in our town.

Brown brown brown
Brown brown brown
Brown is fun.
Chocolate's brown
Dogs can be too
I love brown don't you

Online Fun:

Coloring:

Check out http://www.coloring.ws/ for printable coloring pages.
Trees
Kangaroos
Moose
Bears

Recipes and Snack Ideas:

Chocolate cupcakes:

Have your toddler help you make chocolate cupcakes with chocolate icing (see above activity!)

Peanut Butter on Graham Crackers:

Have your toddler help your spread peanut butter on graham crackers. Talk about the colors of the peanut butter and graham crackers while you are doing this!

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