Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Tot School: Learning Our Colors- Yellow and Green

This is our third week of our Learning Our Colors series.  This week we are learning about yellow and green. We have previously learned about blue and purple as well as red and orange, and still to come is brown, white, and black, with a wrap up week at the end.  Some of our ideas come from Play Create Explore and some are from Simple. Home. Blessings.

To start the week, we went on a hunt for yellow objects.  We were able to find a lot of yellow things around our house!   Little Guy was particularly excited when he realized his bouncer and Bucky (his two ride-on toys) were both yellow!  He has also really enjoyed his Weeble school bus lately, and this was yellow too!

Our yellow collection.
We read books about yellow.  Continuing with the pop-up series, we read Yellow Square by David A. Carter.  This one is much easier than Blue 2! We also read Emily's Balloon by Komako Sakai.  A fun book was 10 Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle.

The book 10 Little Rubber Ducks inspired our next activity, a water sensory bin!  I added a packet of yellow Kool-Aid to the water, along with 3 drops of yellow food coloring, to make the water look yellow and smell like lemonade!  We added some rubber ducks and some other yellow toys, and Little Guy had a blast!
Little Guy wanted to get in as far as he could!
Pouring the water was fun.
The ducks have boats!
Another sensory bin we had was popcorn kernals.  I put them into a cake pan, which meant they made a little more noise.

Scooping the popcorn.
Our book page for yellow was a giraffe.  Little Guy cut out the legs and the spots, then glued the spots on.  (Thanks to Daddy for drawing our very cute giraffe!)

Our yellow giraffe.
Some other things we did with the color yellow are:
  • We played with yellow playdough.
  • We looked for yellow alphabet stickers on a sticker sheet, like we did for purple.
  • We ate yellow food, including bananas, corn, and butternut squash.
After learning about yellow, we switched to the color green.  We started learning about green by going on a green thing hunt.

Our green collection.
We read some fun books about green.  Little Guy's favorite book was Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox.  We also read Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Suess.

A fun sensory activity we did was play with green rice.  This was rice that I had dyed for a Christmas sensory bin, so there are also little red pasta stars mixed in.

Sweeping the rice off the side.

Hiding the car.

An activity that Little Guy enjoyed much more than I expected was drawing and writing with green markers and crayons.  I gave him a sheet with the outline of an apple, and he went to town!  He also was "writing" letters (which were little squiggles that he was calling my letter names) for the first time. 

Look at my drawing!

Another fine motor activity we did involved beads and green Model Magic.  First, I got out the bag of beads and Little Guy had to separate out the green beads.  After he had a collection of green beads, I gave him the Model Magic to squish for a few minutes.  Then I showed him how to push a bead into the Model Magic.  After several beads were in, then he had to work to pull the beads back out.  The Model Magic worked really well for this as it did not leave any dough on the beads.

Looking for green beads.
Working hard to put the beads in and take them out.

Our book page for green is a turtle.  Little Guy did not help prep any of it, but he enjoyed smearing the glue around, adding the craft foam green squares, and (of course) the googley eyes!
I love my turtle!
Our green turtle.
Some other things we did with the color green are:
  • We looked for green alphabet stickers on a sticker sheet, like we did for purple and yellow.
  • We ate green food, including broccoli.
  • We drank from green cups. 
We linked up to No Time for Flash Cards Link and Learn!

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