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Our PURPLE Day

Tuesday was Purple Day at our house! It was a busy day with lots of exploration time outside since the much needed arrival of warm weather.

Here is a summary of our day with the color purple.
Wear Purple! My husband and I are both planning on participating in these color days by wearing the colors!
Work on color book– gluing pictures of purple things into pages of a blank book. I just printed 10 pictures of purple things such as a purple binky, grapes, purple flowers, etc. I am going to have my little one help me glue/place these items on 2 pages of a 20 page book. I had my daughter do some purple painting before we glued down the collage.

Color Squares– I will introduce purple, green, and orange color squares (I have these already to use but I just forgot! We will use them this weekend as a color reminder matching game.)

Here are some ideas I would like to try with her:

  • make the color purple using blue and red (ice cubes, paint, water
  • go on a purple hunt around the house/neighborhood. bring along the digital camera to snap these blue objects and create a slideshow of your days findings or print the pictures in a book
  • learn the nursery rhyme- little jack horner and eat plums!
  • eat purple popsickle, grapes, and drink grape juice
  • read books about the color purple
  • make a necklace with purple beads
  • draw with purple sidewalk chalk
  • Use coffee filters, a little water and purple markers to make flowers

Check out these websites for more purple fun!
Preschool Express
Enchanted Learning
Step By Step

Our RED day

I am kinda embarrassed to even call today a red day. My daughter has taken much needed rest and when she is awake she is not interested in my little color lessons and I won’t force it. So I will write what we did do, and write a list of other great ideas that I hope to do with my little one on our next red day!
But first, I have a question for all you with little ones out there….. would it be more effective to have the color days the same week as a holiday (red-Valentines/4th of July, orange- Halloween, yellow- Thanksgiving, green- St Patricks Day or Christmas, blue- Earth day/ 4th of July, purple- Easter, pink- Valentines, etc) or to teach them all together during a rainbow unit?
Wear Red! My husband and I are both planning on participating in these color days by wearing the colors!
Work on color book– gluing pictures of red things into pages of a blank book. I just printed 10 pictures of red things such as a red strawberry, red car, red rose, Elmo, etc. I am going to have my little one help me glue/place these items on 2 pages of a 20 page book. I had my daughter color in her book with different red crayons before we glued down the collage.
Red Squares– I will introduce red, yellow, and blue color squares to my little one today (paint cards from Home Depot). Every day that we are working on colors I will take out these cards, label them with her verbally, and have her try and point out the yellow, red, or blue ones. By the end of this week I am hoping for mastery on these three colors… but we will see!! She is really not interested in playing with the squares so I need to think of more large motor ways to tie in her learning (she is a little athlete!)
We will experience RED again when she is feeling more herself!
Here are some ideas I would like to try with her in the future:

  • little red hen nursery rhyme and activities
  • red fruit treats such as dried apples, raspberry fruit roll-ups, strawberries, etc. and a little red candy such as licorice (my favorite!)
  • sunset paintings with red, yellow, and orange paints with black silhouettes out of construction paper.
  • discuss fire safety – create an emergency exit plan for your home, visit a fire station, stop drop and roll, etc.
  • there is a million things you could do with red apples- eat them, cut in half and stamp, talk about Johnny Appleseed, make applesauce, pick apples, count apples, drink apple juice, etc.
  • host a red carpet family/friends event- roll out a red hallway rug or red towels, blankets- be creative! Everyone comes all dressed up, take pics on the red carpet, have a talent show, and don’t forget about passing out awards
  • anything Elmo! unless you are like me and have seen one too many videos of Elmo’s World!
  • red play dough, red bath paints, red scavenger hunt, read books about the color red

Our BLUE day (also known as BLAH day)

After the big yellow bash we had Monday, we were pretty tuckered out for Tuesday’s Blue Day. It was a stay in your jammies until dinner time day. And it didn’t help that my little girl was sick. Poor thing had a nasty cough! So we were really low key about our activities today and spent a lot of time napping. If nothing else, she was exposed to the color blue today and it will build a little bit of background knowledge when we revisit this color in the future.
Here is a summary of our day with the color blue.
Wear Blue! My husband and I are both planning on participating in these color days by wearing the colors!
Work on color book– gluing pictures of blue things into pages of a blank book. I just printed 10 pictures of blue things such as a blue butterfly, blueberries bluebird, cookie monster, etc. I am going to have my little one help me glue/place these items on 2 pages of a 20 page book. I had my daughter color in her book with a blue marker before we glued down the collage.
Blue Meal– I wasn’t going to make 2 blue meals like I did with yellow, but we did have blueberry muffins! I didn’t make blue chicken noodle soup and I wasn’t going to put blue food coloring in her orange juice!
Blue Soapy Water Bottle– I got this darling idea from KJ- she suggested putting water, a little soap, and food coloring in a bottle and letting your little ones shake and observe. This was the one activity that really captivated my daughter- so THANK YOU!! I will gladly accept other ideas!Color Squares– I will introduce red, yellow, and blue color squares to my little one today (paint cards from Home Depot). Every day that we are working on colors I will take out these cards, label them with her verbally, and have her try and point out the yellow, red, or blue ones. By the end of this week I am hoping for mastery on these three colors… but we will see!! She is really not interested in playing with the squares so I need to think of more large motor ways to tie in her learning (she is a little athlete!)
We will experience BLUE in all it’s glory on a day when she is feeling better!
Here are some ideas I would like to try with her:

  • making an edible aquarium with blue jello
  • go on a blue hunt around the house/neighborhood. bring along the digital camera to snap these blue objects and create a slideshow of your days findings or print the pictures in a book
  • learn the nursery rhyme- little boy blue and do corresponding activities
  • eat blue popsickle, blueberries, and drink blue kool-aid
  • read books about the color blue
  • make a necklace with blue beads
  • draw with blue sidewalk chalk
  • if older, talk about other definitions for the word blue

Our YELLOW Day

Monday is officially YELLOW day in our home. We have plans to teach our little one all about the color yellow with fun crafts, catchy songs, and hands on activities. I chose to do yellow first because it is the only color that my daughter kinda knows already- I figured I would start out easy and then we’d progress to more difficult colors!
Here are the scheduled activities and some ideas that I think are worth mentioning:
Wear Yellow! My husband and I are both planning on participating in these color days by wearing the colors!
Yellow collage– take a piece of yellow cardstock, collect yellow stickers, and cut out some basic yellow shapes for the collage. I was originally going to do this activity with my daughter but I am doing something similar with her color book so I might not do this one.
Work on color book– gluing pictures of yellow things into pages of a blank book. I just printed 10 pictures of yellow things such as a sun, baby chick, pencil, lemon, etc. I am going to have my little one help me glue/place these items on 2 pages of a 20 page book. There will be 2 pages dedicated to each color. If I am feeling particularly brave I will have her do some yellow painting on the pages and then glue the items on top of the dried paint.

Muffin Tin Monday– a yellow feast!- I am going to prepare dinner for the family in the good ole’ tin tonight! Planning on corn, banana, macaroni and cheese (more orangey, but it will work!), and a yellow cake for dessert!

clockwise from the top: macaroni and cheese, banana, corn

We’re Going on a Yellow Hunt– my little one and I are going to go on a walk in search of things that are YELLOW. I will place things around our living room- such as a yellow plastic egg, marker, crayon, block, and other small toys. We will collect them all in a basket and play again if she so chooses. So we tried that activity- must have been too many structured activities- she picked up two or three items and was ready to just play.
Bath Paints– In the tub we will paint with yellow, blue, and red paints as a review on those three colors. I will probably be doing this activity Thursday or Friday with my little one.
Color Squares– I will introduce red, yellow, and blue color squares to my little one today (paint cards from Home Depot). Every day that we are working on colors I will take out these cards, label them with her verbally, and have her try and point out the yellow, red, or blue ones. By the end of this week I am hoping for mastery on these three colors… but we will see!!! As of today, my little one thinks that all three colors are yellow!

Other fun ideas:

  • get a yellow balloon from the grocery store
  • sing “star” songs such as twinkle twinkle little star
  • read the story 5 Little Ducks Went Out to Play
  • drink lemonade or other yellow fruit juice
  • make a necklace with yellow beads to wear
  • crayon coloring with a yellow crayon
  • teach your little one the sign for yellow
  • make yellow place mats to use for the day
  • have some yellow flowers as a centerpiece
  • dye water yellow and freeze in ice cube trays
  • eat yellow Popsicles
  • make banana bread
  • go to the dollar store and see what yellow things you can buy for cheap!
  • go feed ducks (yellow beaks)
  • sudsy color bottle (add soap, water, and food coloring to a clear plastic bottle and let your little one shake it all about!) THANKS KJ FOR THIS IDEA!!

I hope this list helps…. it is almost one o’clock in the morning- I am going to bed! Tomorrow night I will attach pictures to our YELLOW day- and if you have any ideas PLEASE let me know- I am always up for anything creative! I am officially exhausted from yellow day festivities- blue day on Tuesday will be a lot more relaxed!

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