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Songs & Fingerplays

A Green Story

Gather an assortment of flannel board figures, including a number of green ones. Pass out a figure to each of your children. Ask the children with green figures to come up and put them on the flannel board in a line. Then make up a story that includes all the figures in the order they appear.

Arts & Crafts

Green Collage

Find different green materials (felt, pompon balls, feathers, paper, etc) and make a collage on a large green piece of paper.

~Submitted by Susan N.

Theme Ideas

Eat your greens

Before circle time, have your children cut or tear pictures of foods from magazines. At circle time, put a green disposable plate on the floor and spread the magazine pictures around it. Explain to the children that only green foods can go on the plate. Have them decide which foods can be placed there.

Green Things We know

Brainstorm a list of green things. With a green marker, write each word and make a quick sketch of the item on an index card, using a new card for each word and sketch. Display each card. Now turn the cards over and let each child choose one card. Have the group help each child read his or her card and add the words .. is green. For example, Jake's hat is green.

Green Gobbler

On the side of a large box, paint or draw a (not too scary) green monster face with a big mouth. Cut out a mouth opening with a utility knife. Bring the monster to circle time and explain that this is the Green Gobbler. It is always hungry, but it will eat only green things. Ask your children to think of things that the monster will eat. List their discussions.

Extension: As a follow-up activity, place the green gobbler in the classroom where the children can feed it green items and pictures of green items.

Green Ideas

1. We played a LEPRECHAUN number match game.
2. We traced, cut, and painted SHAMROCKS, by mixing colors of yellow and blue.
3. We played POTS OF GOLD color match game.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

More Green Ideas

1. We made SHIMMERING SHAMROCK placemats, rubbings.
2. We counted and sorted SHAMROCKS by sizes.
3. We played FIND THE SHAMROCK hidden in the room. Tell where you found it using position words-on, under, beside, off, above, etc.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Get a tub and fill it with green items( stuffed animal, plastic bowl and cup, plastic spoon, etc)

~Submitted by Susan N.

Science Bag

Fill a small ziplock sandwich baggie with white glue and green paint or food coloring. Seal and put masking tape on the zipper part. Allow children to squish it around.

~Submitted by Susan N.

Add green paint to shaving cream and let the children play in.

~Submitted by Susan N.

Allow them to color with green "utensils" - markers, crayons, pencils, etc

~Submitted by Susan N.


Teaching Colors: Green - Happy Home Fairy
Green Activity Theme - Childfun
Gus Green Colors Buddy - DLTK
Big Boy Broccoli Craft - DLTK
Easy Frog Craft - DLTK
Green Things - Enchanted Learning
The Color Green - 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 makes 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 food coloring 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 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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