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Nursery Rhyme

Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater
Peter, peter, Pumpkin eater,
Had a wife and couldn't keep her;
He put her in a pumpkin shell
And there he kept her very well.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Orange - sung to "The Ten Little Indians"

Orange like the fruit you like to eat.
Orange like Jack-O-lanterns bright

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Orange is the Color - sung to "Yankee Doodle"

Orange is the color of
So many things we see.
Would you like to sing a little
Orange song with me?

Orange juice and orange cheese,
Orange Carrots, if you please.
Orange pumpkins, orange leaves,
Let's sing a song of Orange.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Orange bird, orange bird,
High in a tree,
How many orange things
Can you see?

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Arts & Crafts

For each child put a small amount of red liquid tempera paint and a small amount of yellow into a Ziploc storage bag. Seal the bags closed. Then let the children squeeze their bags to mix the colors and create orange.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Orange Prints cut some oranges in half for printing. Press onto a sponge that has been soaked in paint and press onto paper cut into an orange shape.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Orange Surprise

Let the children experiment with mixing red and yellow paint while reciting the following poem:

I took a blob of red paint,
Then I took a blob of yellow.
I squished and swished them all around
As far as they would go.
My red and yellow began to change,
Much to my surprise,
I saw those colors turn to orange,
Right before my eyes!

~Cindy Dingwall

Pictures of Orange

At art time have the children look through old magazines and cut out or tear out pictures of items that are orange. Compile the pages to make a group book titled 'Orange'. Read the book at circle time, and encourage each child to share his or her page with the group.

In The Kitchen

Orange Milk Sherbert

1 envelope unflavored gelatin
3 c. milk
2 c. half and half
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 c. orange juice
1/4 c. lemon juice
3/4 t. salt
yellow and red food coloring

In a saucepan, sprinkle gelatin over 1 c. of the milk. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until gelatin dissolves. Set aside. In a large bowl, combine the rest of the milk with remaining ingredients. Gradually stir in gelatin mixture. Pout into cake pans, cover with foil and freeze.

~Submitted by Cindy

Orange Brew

Use a blender to combine 1 cup milk, 1 6-ounce can unsweetened frozen orange juice concentrate, 1 tsp. vanilla, 1 egg and 10 to 12 ice cubes. Whirl until thick and frothy, then pour into small cups. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Theme Ideas

Noisy Orange

Gather several everyday items that are orange and a few that are not. These might include a yam, a tangerine, scissors, a paintbrush, a spoon. Put the items in an orange gym bag or gift bag, and bring the bag to circle time. Provide each of your children with a musical instrument. One by one, remove items from the orange bag and show them to the children. If the item is orange, have the children play their instruments. If not, have them remain silent.

Pass The Orange

Tuck an orange under your chin and pass it along to the next person on your team (who must take it with his chin) without using your hands. If you drop the orange, start your turn again. See which team finishes first.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Color Magic

Pour milk into a shallow glass dish. Drop 4-5 drops of red food coloring into the milk. Drop 4-5 drops of yellow near but, not on the red. You now have a red area and a yellow area. Drop 2-3 drops of clear dishwashing liquid between the two areas. Watch the action! Voila... orange! Try this with yellow/blue and red/blue, too!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Discussion all about carrots. (While learning about carrots, have some baby carrots and dip for a snack)

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Orange Ideas

1. We painted a CHAMELEON by mixing powdered paint. We used ice cubes as paintbrushes.
2. We played a RING TOSS game and identified the colors.
3. We played COOL COLORS match game.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

More Orange Ideas

1. We made ZOE from torn paper.
2. We mixed colored water with eye droppers then painted a rainbow with our colors.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare


All About the Color Orange - Bright Hub Education
Colors Theme - First School
The Color Orange - Preschool Express
Orange Color Activities & Fun Ideas for Kids - Childfun
Music & Songs: Orange - Preschool Education
Orange Theme and Activities - Educatall

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

Quick Starts for Orange Day

* Make prints with orange halves and orange paint.
* Snack on carrot sticks.
* Visit a supermarket near Halloween to see the pumpkins on display.
* Squeeze fresh oranges to make orange juice.
* Print with jar lids dipped in different shades of orange paint.
* Purchase an orange marigold plant to care for in the room.
* Make macaroni & cheese.
* Paint paper plates orange and glue on pumpkin seeds.
* Taste orange marmalade.
* Fingerpaint with red and yellow paint.
* Spread orange cheese on round crackers and decorate them with raisin faces.
* Bring in a goldfish for the science table.
* Peel tangerines and divide the sections to share evenly with the group.
* Carve a pumpkin into a jack-o'-lantern and place a small flashlight inside.
* Use orange balloons for water play.
* Snack on dried apricots.
~ From Totline Books 1-2-3 Colors


* 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 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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