Black Theme













Book List

White on Black - Tana Hoban
Black on White - Tana Hoban
Baby Animals Black and White - Phyllis Limbacher Tildes
Urban Babies Wear Black - Michelle Sinclair Colman and Nathalie Dion
Black and White Rabbit's ABC - Alan Baker
Sign and Sing Along: Baa Baa Black Sheep - Annie Kubler
What Is Black and White? - Petr Horacek
Where Is Little Black Kitten? - Virginia Miller
Black Cat Creeping - Teddy Slater and Aaron Boyd
Black & White : Board Book - Todd Parr
Shades Of Black - Sandra L. Pinkney and Myles Pinkney
Tomie's Baa Baa Black Sheep - Tomie dePaola
Black Meets White - Justine Fontes and Geoff Waring
Black Dog Gets Dressed - Lizi Boyd
Ten Black Dots - Donald Crews
Black Cat - Salina Yoon
Baa, Baa Black Sheep Board Book - Diane James
Bessie the Black and White Cow - Robert Gross and Stephen Arnold
Black Cat, White Moon - Nina Alexander and Larry Daste



Songs & Fingerplays



Baa Baa Black Sheep

Baa Baa Black Sheep
Baa, baa, Black sheep, have you any wool?
Yes, sir, yes, sir, three bags full;
One for my master and one for my dame,
And one for the little boy who lives down the lane.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Black bird, black bird,
High in a tree,
How many black things
Can you see?

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

















Black

Black
B-L-A-C-K
B-L-A-C-K
B-L-A-C-K
Spells Black
B-L-A-C-K
B-L-A-C-K
B-L-A-C-K
Spells Black
Hats are black
Some cats are black
Yes both of these are black
So if you really really like black
What you need to know is that
B-L-A-C-K
B-L-A-C-K
B-L-A-C-K
Spells Black
B-L-A-C-K
B-L-A-C-K
B-L-A-C-K
Spells Black!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Black Cats

Show your children pictures of black cats. Then have them act out the following poem.

Black cats arch their backs,
Meow, meow, meow.
They puff out their tails
And show their claws,
Meow, meow, meow.

Black cats yowl and hiss,
“Hiss-ss-ss-ss-ss.”
“Look at me, I'm scary”
Is what they seem to say.
“Hiss-ss-ss-ss-ss.”

But black cats can be gentle,
Meow, meow, meow.
They curl in your la
p And take a nap,
Meow, meow, meow.



Stories

Scat The Cat

Once upon a time there was a little BLACK cat & his name was Scat the Cat. One day he looked around & saw that all his brothers & sisters & friends were black, too. Scat decided he would like to be a different color so he said:

"I'm Scat the Cat,
I'm sassy & fat,
And I can change my color,
Just like that!" (snap fingers)

All of a sudden he was GREEN like the trees & grass. What else is green like Scat? He went out to play with his friends, but they couldn't find him because he was the color of the trees & grass.He was very unhappy & decided he didn't want to be green anymore,so he said:

"I'm Scat the Cat,
I'm sassy & fat,
And I can change my color,
Just like that!" (snap fingers)

Then Scat turned BLUE like the water, the sky, & what else? He walked to the lake, looked at himself, & fell in the water! But poor Scat couldn't swim...he called for help but his friends couldn't see him because he was blue like the water. Just then his friend, Timothy Turtle, caught him and carried him safely to shore. Scat didn't want to be blue anymore, so he said:

"I'm Scat the Cat,
I'm sassy and fat,
And I can change my color,
Just like that!" (snap fingers)






Then Scat turned YELLOW like the sun. On his way through the jungle, he met his cousin Leo the Lion.Leo said, "Grrrrrrrrrr! I'm the only one who is supposed to be yellow." Scat was so afraid that he said:

"I'm Scat the Cat,
I'm sassy and fat,
And I can change my color,
Just like that!" (snap fingers)

Next, Scat turned RED like an apple. What else is the color red? He went out to play with his brothers & sisters & friends, but they all laughed at him. "Who ever heard of a red cat," they said. No one played with him & he felt so sad. "I don't want to be red. I don't want to be yellow like Leo the Lion, I don't want to be blue like the water, and I don't want to be green like the grass. I want to be black again just like my brothers & sisters & friends. I'd like to have lots of cats to play with so he said:

"I'm Scat the Cat,
I'm sassy and fat,
And I can change my color,
Just like that!" (snap fingers)

Scat changed back to BLACK & after that he was happy just being himself.

Suggestions: Discuss how special it is to be just the way we are. Ask children what they like best about themselves. If you don't have a flannel board you can still do this using paper. Take a file folder & cut a cat pattern out of one side. The cat looks like a cat sitting. You don''t see the legs. The cat pattern will be cut out of the center of the folder so it will kinda look like a stencil. Staple the ends of the folder together to make a pocket. Insert 7x10 inch sheets of construction paper in the pocket & remove one at a time as you tell the story.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare



Arts & Crafts

Clothespin Bats

Clothespins
Black Paint
Black bat wing shapes

Have the children paint spring-type clothespins black to use as bat bodies. When the paint has dried, give each of the children a bat wings shape cut from black construction paper and have them clip their shapes on their clothespins. Then clip the bats around the room on curtains, picture frames, book covers, etc.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare


Black Owl

Small paper plates (6" in diameter)
Scissors
Black paint
Paintbrushes
Glue
Small cupcake liners
Black or yellow buttons

Cut a rectangular wedge out of the bottom of the plate and save for later use. Paint the plate with black paint and dry. While the paint is drying, talk with the children about the creatures of the night, their colors, etc. Cut three little triangles out of the piece of the plate that was saved. Glue on two triangles for owl's ears and one for his beak Glue the cupcake liners for the eyes on either side of the beak. Blue buttons inside the cupcake liners. More to do: Staple an owl (or family of owls) on a branch.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare



Theme Ideas

What Shall I Wear?

Tell your children that you want to dress so that you cant be seen at night. Bring in a black trunk or suitcase of clothes (including some all-black ones) and have them help you select things to wear; a black hat, black shoes and hose, a black shirt or blouse, black slacks or a skirt.

Black Dots

Draw a black dot on a sheet of paper for each of your children. Show a few of the pages to your children and explain that these are unfinished pictures. Brainstorm all the things this back dot might be, like a raisin in a cookie, the center of an exotic flower, or a bowling ball. After the children have generated plenty of ideas, give each of your children a clipboard, one of the papers, and a black crayon or marker. Challenge the children to finish their pictures. Give them a chance to show their pictures and tell what they have made.

The Photographer

Bring a black camera to the circle. A broken camera is fine. Ask your children to pretend that the camera will take pictures of black items only. Pass the camera around the circle. Have each child in turn pretend to take a photo of real or imaginary black things.



Science

Black is made up of many different colors. Each color absorbs light, then reflects its color. All colors combined absorb light of many different colors and reflects very little, so you end up with black! This experiment, and many other science experiments, can be found on The Science Explorer, a Web site devoted to educating children about science.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare


Links to other Black Theme sites!

Black Things - Enchanted Learning
Black Songs - Preschool Express



Quick Starts for any Color Day

1) Make Vanilla pudding and add food coloring of the color you want.
2) Make Jell-O in the color you want and even add some fruit of that color.
3) Kool Aid Art - Sprinkle Kool Aid powder of the desired color on a large piece of white paper. Use Spray bottles to spray the KoolAid with water. It make some very interesting artwork that smells good, too!!!!!
4) Fingerpaint with the color you are "studying."
5) Fill the water table and add food coloring of the desired color and toys of the desired color.
6) Make some colored water using foodcoloring and freeze it in ice trays the day or night before. Then, Put them on trays or in the water table and watch them melt to make colored water. If you use different colored ice cubes, the colors will mix to make new colors.

These are some things I do in my preschool special needs classroom!!!!

~Submitted by Lisa in North Carolina

* Dress in clothes that are the color of the day
* Add the desired color of food coloring to playdoh and set it out on the art table
* Take a walk to look for a particular color of car
* Dip cooked spaghetti in the desired color of paint and let it "dance" across white paper
* Make a chart listing foods that are the color of the day
* String the desired color of buttons on matching colored telephone wire to make necklaces
* Use paper plates and napkins that are the color of the day for snack time
* Try guessing how many of the same colored buttons, beads, etc., there are in a glass jar, then count to see who came the closest
* Add food coloring to white glue to coordinate with the color of the day
* Mix cream cheese with the desired color of fruit or vegetable bits (tomatoes, pineapple, blueberries, etc.) and spread on crackers for snack
* Plan a scavenger hunt to search for objects that are the desired color
* Freeze water tinted with the desired color of food coloring in milk cartons to make ice sculptures for the water table
* Use the desired color of paper cups for stacking in pyramids or for counting
* Make finger Jell-o to coordinate with the color of the day
* Tint rice with the desired color of food coloring to use for sandbox play





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