Preschool Brown Theme


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Songs & Fingerplays

Make the Owie Go Away

Alec's brown animal has a boo-boo.
Boo-hoo, boo-hoo, boo-hoo.
He'll put on a brown bandage
And make the owie go away.


Brown bird, brown bird,
High in a tree,
How many brown things
Can you see?

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Brown - sung to "The Farmer And The Dell"

Thats how you spell brown
Big Trees are brown
Big trees are brown
Big trees are brown
And Acorns are brown
Yes acorns are brown
Thats how you spell brown!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Oh, have you seen the colour word - sung to "Do You Know The Muffin Man"

Oh have you seen the color word BROWN
The color word BROWN
The color word BROWN
Oh have you seen the color word BROWN
Just look around the room.
(then spell the word) BROWN
(everyone shouts) BROWN!!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Arts & Crafts

Simple Bird Craft

Brown Birds Brown Bird Shapes Brown Feathers Glue Glue brown feathers on brown bird shapes.

~Submitted by Cheryl, Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Gingerbread People

Brown construction Paper or Paper Bags
Misc Items (buttons, bows, etc.)

Give each of the children a large gingerbread shape cut from brown construction paper. Have them use Q-Tip applicators and glue to attach fabric eyes and small pieces of red pipe cleaners for mouths. Then let them decorate the rest of their shapes by gluing on rickrack, fabric circles, bows, etc.

~Submitted by Cheryl, Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Brown Tree Prints

Brown paint
White Construction Paper
Brown Tissue Paper

Paint each child's palm and arm (up to the elbow) with brown tempera paint. Then have the children press their arms and hands (with fingers apart) on sheets of white construction paper to make bare tree prints. When the paint has dried, let the children glue on crumpled squares of brown tissue paper to make leaves.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Brown Furry Bears

Brown Bears (Cut from Fake Fur)
White Construction paper
Wiggly Eyes

Cut free-form shapes out of brown fake fur for the children to use as bear bodies. Have the children glue their shapes on sheets of white construction paper. Then let them use brown felt-tip markers to add heads, legs and any other details they wish. If desired, provide the children with plastic moving eyes to glue on their bear faces. (Both fake fur and plastic moving eyes are available at craft stores.)

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Brown Footballs

Brown Football Shapes
White Crayons

Cut football shapes out of brown construction paper. Then let the children use white crayons to draw laces down the centers of their shapes and stripes on the ends.

Variation: For a fun lacing activity, fold each football shape in half lengthwise and use a hole punch to punch a row of holes about 1 inch in from the fold. Then open the shapes and let the children lace white yarn through the holes.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Make a brown collage using brown materials.

~Submitted by Susan N.

Theme Ideas

Other Quick Ideas

* Add brown color to play-dough & set it out for the children.
* Take a walk to look for things that are brown (dogs, birds, cars, houses, tree trunks, etc.)
* Make a chart listing the foods that are Brown/taste some (Gotta get that chocolate in somehow! LOL)
* String brown buttons or beads on brown yarn to make necklaces * Plan a scavenger hunt for objects that are brown.
* Tint rice with brown food coloring to use for sandbox play. Add brown animals.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Brown Bandages

A few days in advance of this activity, ask your children to bring brown stuffed animals to school. On the appointed day, let them bring their animals to circle time. (provide extras, for those who forgot or don't have one.) Invite the children to pretend that they have brought their animals to the veterinarian. Give a brown bandage to each child. Have each child, in turn, tell why his or her animal needs to see the vet, then let them put a brown bandage on their brown pet while the group says the following poem, substituting the child's name for Alec.

Basket Full of Brown

Display a large brown basket labeled 'Brown'. Put many classroom items and household items into a brown grocery bag. (Avoid including items that have both brown and other colors on them.) Have each of your children, in turn, reach into the bag and choose an item without looking. Have them examine their items. If it is brown, have them put it into the brown basket. If it is not brown, have them put in on the floor. After all the brown items have been found, spill out the basket's contents and count them. How many brown items do you have? Extension: place the basket and items in a learning center so your children can repeat the activity.

Brown Suitcase

Pack a brown suitcase with brown items. Open the suitcase and explore the items with your children. How are the items the same? (they are all brown). Have the children think of other brown things that might go in the suitcase. Discuss whether the items would fit in the suitcase. Would a chocolate bar fit? Would a horse?

Nature's Brown

Before circle time (that day or the day before) give each of your children a brown bag. Go on a nature walk and encourage the children to collect nature items in their brown bags. Remind them to pick up things that have fallen on the ground, and not to pick flowers or pull leaves from shrubs or trees. At circle time, have the children examine their items and return to the bags all items that are not brown, leaving only brown items on the floor in front of themselves. Explore these items and discuss the variety of brown things we find in nature, seeds, twigs, dry leaves, and so forth.

Let your children play with these brown items: playdoh, mud, chocolate pudding.

~Submitted by Susan N.

In The Kitchen

Make Chocolate Milk

Make chocolate pudding - You can save some to eat and fingerpaint with the rest!!!!!!

~Submitted by Lisa in North Carolina

Make brownies with your children.

~Submitted by Susan N.


Byron Brown Craft - DLTK
Easy Pig Craft - DLTK
Willie Watermelon Craft - DLTK
Brown Things - Enchanted Learning
The Color Brown - Preschool Express

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