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Songs & Fingerplays

Purple-icious Song

Write the following song on a chart, using a purple market to highlight the word 'purple' each time it appears. Sing the song with your children.

Purple Song - sung to: 'My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean'

Sometimes I eat purple eggplant.
Sometimes I eat purple grapes.
Sometime I eat purple jelly
From a purple plate.


Purple, purple,
Purple if fun to eat, eat, eat.
Purple, purple,
Purple is really a treat.

One thing always happens
And this is important to know
Whenever I eat something purple,
I burp-le right down to my toes. Burrrrp!

Purple - sung to "Turkey in the Straw"

Can you guess what that spells?
Do you know what that spells?
Yes purples what that spells.
Like the grapes on the vine.
Yes purple's what it spells
Like the Kool-aid in your glass.
Yes purple that does spell.
That is all I have to tell!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Purple Puppets

Before circle time, have your children make simple puppets from purple construction paper. Staple their purple paper creations to tongue depressors or craft sticks. Have the children bring their stick puppets to circle time. Use a purple maker to write the following song on a chart. Help the children read the chart. Underline the first instance of the word 'purple' and see how many others the children can find in the song. Then have the children move their puppets while they sing the song.

Purple Puppets - sung to 'If you're happy and you know it'

Purple puppets like to sing, they'll do it now.
Purple puppets like to dance, and they know how.
Purple puppets spin around.
Purple puppets touch the ground.
Purple puppets know it's time to take a bow

If You Like The Color Purple - sung to "If You're Happy and You Know It"

If you like the color purple clap your hands. clap hands
If you like the color purple clap your hands.
You can make the color true,
By mixing red and blue.
If you like the color purple, clap your hands.
etc. stomp your feet, say hoorah, etc.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Purple - sung to "Are you Sleeping"

That spells purple
That spells purple
Eggplants are that color
Grapes are that color

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

I Like Purple - sung to "Oh, Susanna"

I like purple grapes,
And purple plums,
And purple cabbage, too.
But I sure am glad
When I eat these
don't turn purple, too!
I like purple jelly,
Purple jam,
And purple yogurt,too.
But I sure am glad
When I eat these
I don't turn purple, too!
Oh, that might be a funny thing to do.
But I sure am glad
When I eat these
I don't turn purple, too!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Purple Magic

Brush a bit of red paint on your children's thumbs and a bit of blue paint on the forefingers. (Before you begin, instruct the children not to touch their thumbs and fingers together until you tell them to.). After all fingers and thumbs including yours are painted, read the following chant in a dramatic voice. Have your children rub together their finger and thumb. Discuss the results. At the end of the activity, provide baby wipes for cleaning purple hands.

Purple Magic

Rum-diddly, rum-diddly, rum diddly, rum.
Purple, come. Purple, come.
Rub your finger on your thumb.
Purple, come. Purple, come.

Arts & Crafts

Tissue Paper Violets

Set out sheets of white construction paper, small bowls of liquid starch and brushes. Give each child a number of violet shapes cut out of purple tissue paper. Have the children brush liquid starch on their papers. Then let them arrange their tissue paper violets on top of the starch.

Totline Books, 123 Colors

Shaving Cream Fingerpaint

Give each child a Ziplock sandwich bag filled one-third full with shaving cream. Let the children take turns squeezing drops of red and blue food coloring into their bags before sealing them closed. Then have the children squeeze their bags and watch as the shaving cream turns purple. Let them use their purple shaving cream to fingerpaint designs on sheets of white butcher paper.

Totline Books, 123 Colors

Colored Eyeglasses

Make colored eyeglasses by cutting frames out of desired color of tagboard and glue matching colored cellophane squares over the eyeholes. Use red and blue and combine the colors to make purple. Then attach pipe cleaners to the sides of the frames and bend them to fit over the children's ears.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Grape Purple

Cut small circles and let the children glue their own bunch of grapes.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Purple Violets

Use coffee filteres and let the children color the filters with purple markers. When they are done put a pinch of water on the filters and will create a pretty flower. Make a stem and some leaves.

~Submitted by Gina from Texas

Theme Ideas

Motley Monsters

Place a large circle of felt on a flanelboard. Have ready a number of small, purple felt pieces in many shapes and short pieces of purple yarn. Use the shapes and yarn to create monster faces on the felt circle. Your might give your monster three eyes, four pieces of yarn hair, no nose and six scraggly teeth. Let your children take turns describing the monsters your create, using the word 'purple' in their descriptions. Then invite the children to make monsters of their own.

Purple Activity

In a zip-lock bag put about a tennis ball size squirt of shaving cream, a squirt of red paint & a squirt of blue paint (or you can use food coloring). Have the children mix it around inside the bag with their fingers until the purple magically appears. Then open a small area on the end so they can squeeze it out & they finger paint with it on a piece of white card stock or construction paper.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Barney Day

Let the older kids make playdough, then let them use different paints or food coloring to make purple color. Put purple water in the water table. Have plenty of purple paper and colors at the art area.

~Submitted by Criss

Color Changes

This is a terrific visual experience of color changes. Make red and blue ice cubes using food coloring and water. Place one red and one blue in a ziplock baggie. Place it in the science area, as the colored ice cubes melt they create new colors. Have the children keep going back to check on the process!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Mixing Colors

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

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

In The Kitchen

Purple Cows

Pour 1 quart milk and 1 6-ounce can unsweetened frozen grape juice concentrate into a plastic container that has a tight fitting lid. Then let the children take turns shaking the container until the milk and grape juice are well mixed. Pour into clear plastic glasses and serve. Makes 9 to 10 servings.

~Totline Books, 123 Colors


Purple Activities - ChildFun.com
Pansy Purple Colors Buddy - DLTK
Groovy Grapes Craft - DLTK
Purple Things - Enchanted Learning
Celebrate the Color Purple Theme and Activities - Child Care Lounge
A Purple Preschool Theme: Ideas & Activities with the Color Purple! - Bright Hub Education

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 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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