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Color Fun!
Submitted by: Christine Turner, Atascocita
Audience
• Toddler • Pre-school
Books
Warthogs paint : a messy color book by:Pamela Duncan Edwards
As some warthogs spend a rainy day painting their kitchen, they make a mess and learn about mixing colors.
Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see? by:Bill Martin, Jr.
Children see a variety of animals, each one a different color, and a mother looking at them.
Lunch by:Denise Fleming
A very hungry mouse eats a large lunch comprised of colorful foods.
Duckie's rainbow by:Frances Barry
Follow Duckie on her colorful walk home to a big, bold surprise!
I went walking by:Sue Williams
During the course of a walk, a young child identifies animals of different colors.



Maisy's rainbow dream by:Lucy Cousins
In a dream, Maisy sees different things for each color of the rainbow.
Who said red? by:Mary Serfozo
A dialogue between two speakers, one of whom must keep insisting on an interest in the color red, introduces that hue as well as green, blue, yellow, and others.
Brown cow, green grass, yellow mellow sun by:Ellen Jackson
A young boy learns about colors in a day at the farm.
Color farm by:Lois Ehlert
The rooster, dog, sheep, cow, pig, and other animals on a farm are made up of colorful shapes such as square, circle, rectangle, and triangle.
The color box by:Dayle Ann Dodds
Alexander the monkey finds an ordinary-looking box with spots of color inside, through which he journeys to many bright landscapes of different colors. Each page has a hole revealing the next color he will find.
A color of his own by:Leo Lionni
A little chameleon is distressed that he doesn't have his own color like other animals.
A piece of chalk by:Jennifer A. Ericsson
A little girl creates a colored chalk drawing on her driveway.
Mouse paint by:Ellen Stoll Walsh
Three white mice discover jars of red, blue, and yellow paint and explore the world of color.
My many colored days by:Dr. Seuss
This rhyming story describes each day in terms of a particular color which in turn is associated with specific emotions.
Songs
Color
Blue is the Lake,
(point to the floor)

Yellow is the sun
(point to the sky)

Silver are the stars,

When the day is done,
(wiggle fingers in the air)

Red is the apple,
(make circle with hands)

Green is the tree
(raise arms over head like branches)

Brown is a chocolate chip cookie for you and me!
(rub tummy)
Traffic Light
The red at the top

Tells us to STOP!
(Extend arm out with palm facing out.)

The green below

Tells us to GO!
(Sweep arm out as traffic cop would)

The yellow in the middle

Tells us to WAIT!
(Extend both arms out.)

Please don't worry-

You won't be late!
Movement Song
Moving Song
Sung to "Jingle Bells"
Clap your hands, stomp your feet, wiggle all around.
Reach your hands high in the air, and now let's touch the ground.
Hold your head, hold your hips, give yourself a hug.
Lay down flat upon the ground, but watch out for the bugs.
http://www.head-start.lane.or.us/education/activities/music/songs-movement.html
Movement Song
Head and Shoulders
Head and shoulders, knees and toes--knees and toes.
Head and shoulders, knees and toes--knees and toes.
Eyes and ears and mouth and nose.
Head and shoulders, knees and toes--knees and toes.
(touch each body part as it is sung.)


http://www.head-start.lane.or.us/education/activities/music/songs-movement.html
Movement Song
The Wheels on the Bus
The wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round, round and round.
The wheels on the bus go round and round, all through the town.
Wipers......................swish, swish, swish
Money......................clink, clink, clink
Lights.......................blink, blink, blink
Doors........................open and shut
Horn.........................beep, beep, beep
Driver says...............move on back
Babies say.................wha, wha, wha
Mommies say...........shhh, shhh, shhh
Children go..............up and down
Daddies say..............here we are

http://www.head-start.lane.or.us/education/activities/music/songs-movement.html
Transition Song
5 Bears in the Bed
5 bears in the bed and the little one said "roll over, roll over",
So they all rolled over and _________ fell out. Four bears in the bed,
and the little one said, etc.
(Put blanket on floor. 5 children are bears laying on blanket. Child
named rolls off blanket and is sent to next activity. Continue until all
have had a turn.)
Transition Song
Open Shut Them
Open, shut them, open, shut them; give a little clap, clap, clap.
Open, shut them, open, shut them; lay them in your lap, lap, lap.
Creep them, crawl them, creep them, crawl them; right up to your chin.
Open wide your little mouth, but, do not let them in.
Transition Song
Two Little Hands
(All Standing)
Two little hands go clap, clap, clap,
Two little feet go tap, tap, tap,
Two little hands go thump, thump, thump (fists against floor)
Two little feet go jump, jump, jump,
One little body turns around,
One little child sits quietly down.
Sung to "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"
Craft
Color in a Bag - FAMILY FUN

"For the youngest kids, art is really about the tactility of the materials, what they feel like," says Abbey Hendrickson, a former educator at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts. We can't think of a more tactile experience than squeezing and pressing designs into these sealed bags of colored cornstarch. For an interesting light-table effect, tape a bag to a low window and let your child use his fingers to draw patterns while the sun shines through. CRAFT MATERIALS:
1 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup sugar
4 cups cold water
Food coloring
2 gallon-size ziplock bags %
Duct tape

Time needed: About 2 to 3 Hours
1. Over medium heat, combine the cornstarch, sugar, and water in a saucepan, stirring continuously.

2. Once the mixture begins to thicken, remove the pan from the heat and stir for another minute or so until it thickens to a puddinglike consistency. Let it cool for 30 minutes.

3. Spoon the mixture into two bowls, stir a few drops of food coloring into each (we used red and yellow), then divide the colors between the ziplock bags. Seal the bags with duct tape and let your child mix and mash the colors (they'll keep for up to a week).

http://jas.familyfun.go.com/arts-and-crafts?page=CraftDisplay&craftid=11837
Other
Suggestions for Fun @ Home

Color Hunt
http://kidspirit.com/teach/colorhunt.html
Notes
I have listed more books and songs than you will need. However, I like having choices. I hope that you enjoy picking out items that your group will like. Happy reading.