DIAMOND THEME Book List
Spot Looks At Shapes - Eric Hill
Songs & Fingerplays
Found A Diamond - sung to "Clementine"
Found a diamond, found a diamond,
Found a diamond in the sand.
I think I'll make a necklace
With the diamond in my hand.
This Is A Diamond - sung to "Frere Jacques"
This is a diamond, this is a diamond.
How can you tell? How can you tell?
It has four points,
It stands on one point.
It's a diamond, it's a diamond.
Dazzling Diamond Puppets
Give each of your children a piece of diamond shaped poster board with 4-inch sides. Provide markers so the children can quickly add facial features to their diamonds. Have them stand and hold the diamonds by the bottom corner while they sing and act out the following song.
I'm a Diamond - sung to "Clementine"
I'm a diamond, I'm a diamond,
I'm as pretty as can be.
I have four sides and four corners,
And some kites look just like me.
You can turn me onto one side,
And I may not look the same,
But I always am a diamond,
Diamond always is my name.
Arts & Crafts
Make a crown for each of your children out of construction paper. From other colors and kinds of paper, cut out small diamond shapes. Give the children their crowns and let them glue on the small diamond shapes to represent jewels.
Show your children an assortment of diamond shapes such as kites, diamonds on fabric, argyle socks or diamond patterned sweaters, and diamonds on gift wrap. Help the children discover that a diamond has four sides. It has two fat corners and two skinny ones. Place a construction paper diamond on the floor. Place precut chenille stems along the edges of the paper to outline the diamond. Remove the construction paper diamond and look at the remaining chenille stem shape. Give each child two long chenille stems and two shorter chenille stems. (Use two different colors for the two different lengths of chenille stems.) Challenge the children to construct diamond shapes on the floor with their chenille stems.
Diamonds and More
Cut several sizes of poster board diamonds. (You will need more diamond shapes than the number of children in your group.) Add a circle and a triangle to the collection of shapes. Decorate a bag with diamond shaped stickers and put all of the shapes inside. At circle time, ask your children if they can guess what is in the bag. As soon as they guess 'diamonds;' tell them they are right and that there are other surprises in the bag, too. Spread the bag's contents on the floor. Let the children come in turn and select one diamond to put back in the diamond covered bag. After all the children have a turn, ask them if there are any diamonds remaining on the floor. Have them describe the remaining diamonds ("It's red and it's beside a blue circle"). When all of the diamonds are in the bag, begin the game again.
Cut a diamond shape from poster board for each of your children. (Vary the sizes of the diamonds, making no side longer than 4 inches.) Cut each diamond into three or four puzzle pieces, and place each cut diamond in a resealable plastic bag. Let each of your children select a bag, and then let them put their puzzles together. When they have finished, have them put the puzzle pieces back in the bags and trade bags with a nearby child. Repeat as long as interest lasts.
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