I’m making time today to kick off my toddler/preschool idea posts…starting with our colors unit! I hope you find lots of inspiration! As always, check out my Pinterest boards for loads more ideas and if you’re reading via e-mail…please visit my blog to add to Pinterest directly! I didn’t realize until recently that my subscribers don’t have the options that you see if you visit my site! Getting down to it…I’m finding my groove in this childcare and early learning experience…well, it helps that my mommy is there so that there are more hands with eight kids spaced out so much in age!!
Here we go!
We read Boober’s Colorful Soup by Joanne Barkan and made our own “stew pot” full of colors.
The stew pot printable was from Crayola.com. This book and activity was a back-up for extra time. Our actual activity was supposed to be glueing and assembling a book about colors and shapes. We decided we were going to have a picnic and extra play outside (it was a super nice day), though, so I was afraid we wouldn’t have time to get through it. This was actually a good choice for the day. We were (and still are) having some separation issues and this book was short enough that I just read it over and over until they were all there, going over and over who was wearing which colors, etc…and it helped to quickly engage them! First I asked them to color their pots, then I gave them scraps of colored paper (from the shape cutting I did for the books we were supposed to make) and let them cut them however to “make their soup”. It was very helpful for an early project to see where we are as a group on our abilities. My twins are very good at coloring. They’ve done a million tracing pages and honed their writing ability. When we got with our group I noticed that neither of them did their best. They sort of looked around at some of the more “broad” coloring going on and tried to speed up. They will sit for hours and draw and color with their older brother, but some of group literally scribble a broad line across the page and are ready to move on. It’s interesting to see how they are already trying to “fit in” socially. I’m working on helping them lead and help others to always try their best, too. I also got to see with this where we are on our cutting skills. I love the prospect of seeing these children get better and better at everything!
A note on the book…My kids laugh hysterically when we read it at home…It’s all in the title (Hint: It says boob and I have a nine year old boy).
For snack that day we had colorful Goldfish Crackers.
We read several other books including (but not pictured cause I can’t find it) and children’s bible story about Noah’s ark and God’s covenant with us). Oddly enough, the only book not pictured is the only one they really seemed to enjoy! God will grab you that way, I reckon!
(To the tune of ‘If You’re Happy and You Know It’ -change the color with each round)
If you see a (red) paper pick it up.
If you see a (red) paper pick it up.
Give a wiggle. Give a shout.
(Red) is great without a doubt.
We saw a (red) paper and picked it up.
I originally found this song about crayons (not paper) at teachingmama.org and changed it up to suit our needs.
It was a good one because there are a few that aren’t 100% on their colors, and I would pick up the color and hold it up the first time we said it, then the group would pick up the second time. It really helped build confidence because they could all get the right color by watching me.
Once we had all of our colors (some extra strips ended up on the table…)we headed to the craft table and made these super cute rainbow clouds (for lack of a better thing to call them!), and later colored rainbow pictures from whatmommydoes.com. My daughter would’ve sat and colored in every line but everyone else was done before she had the first line done. My son decided he didn’t care from the start!
We played a rainbow matching game during our circle time. The first few kids to take their turns weren’t really sure how to play, but once there was a match, everything was matched in turn. I thought they all must have the best memories in history, but then I remembered that I printed the cards on regular paper instead of card stock…they could see right through the back! They were still analyzing the colors and thinking, though, so it was fun! It was really good for practice taking turns!
So there you have it! Our first few weeks have been wonderful, and I’m looking forward to the apple activities we have lined up for tomorrow to kick off the fall season!
P.S. Did you notice the paper plate art in the background of color book pic? That was today’s color mixing craft. Can you believe when I handed them blue and yellow cornstarch paints (I just mixed cornstarch with a touch a water…no recipe) they already knew it would turn green! Yeah! I know there are plenty of tutorials on it out there…if you’re interested it’s somewhere in my Pinterest toddler board…somewhere….
In the mean time, I’m itching to try out this new slide show thingy….