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Songs & Fingerplays

Lots Of Yellow - sung to "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star"

We wear lots of yellow things
Hear us name them as we sing:
Yellow shirts and yellow shoes,
Yellow pants with pockets, too."
We wear lots of yellow things.
Hear us name them as we sing.

What is Yellow?

On a piece of yellow felt, write 'What is Yellow?'. Place this at the top of your flannel board. Cut flannel board shapes from yellow felt. You will need a shirt, a school bus, a dog, and a banana. Distribute the shapes among your children, then read the following rhyme. With each verse, have the child who is holding the appropriate item place it on the board.

What is Yellow?

What is yellow?
A yellow shirt-
On my friend playing in the dirt.

What is yellow?
A yellow school bus
Taking the children to school without a fuss.

What is yellow?
My big dog, Jones
Digging in the yard for big old bones.

What is yellow?
A banana that's sweet
Take off the peel and its ready to eat.

Three Little Ducks That I Once Knew (Traditional Tune)

Three little ducks that I once knew.
A fat one, a skinny one, a yellow one too.
But the one little duck with a feather on his back.
He ruled the others with his quack, quack, quack!

Down to the meadow, they would go.
Wibble-wobble, wibble-wobble to and fro.
But the one little duck with the feathers on his back.
He ruled the others with his quack, quack, quack!
He ruled the others with his quack, quack, quack!

Yellow Balloons - sung to "Are You Sleeping?"

Yellow balloons, yellow balloons
Floating up, floating up
Never let them touch the ground
Never let them touch the ground
Keep them up, keep them up

Banana Song - sung to "Oh Dear, What Can the Matter Be"

Smell, smell, smell a banana.
Sweet, sweet, sweet is banana.
See, see, see my banana.

My yellow banana is there
See, see, see it is yellow.
Long, long, yellow banana
Smell, smell, smell a banana.
Sweet, sweet, sweet is banana.

Twinkle, Twinkle, Yellow Star...

Twinkle, twinkle, yellow star,
How I wonder what you are.
Let's go looking here and there,
Let's go looking everywhere.
Twinkle, twinkle, yellow star,
How I wonder where you are.

Yellow - poem

Yellow is a star.
Yellow is the sun.
Yellow is the moon,
When the day is done.

Sing A Song of Yellow

Line a tray with yellow construction paper. Arrange an assortment of yellow items on the tray. These might include interlocking blocks, crayons, markers, pompoms and buttons. Have each of your children choose an item to hold while singing the following song.

Sing A Song of Yellow - sung to "Sing A Song of Sixpence"

Sing a song of yellow,
Sunshine and crayons, too.
Daffodils are yellow
When they are in bloom.
Buttons, yellow yarn,
And yellow on a shoe.
You show me some yellow,
And I'll show some to you.

Oh Mr. Sun

Oh Mister Sun, Sun,
Mister Golden Sun,
Please shine down on me
Oh Mister Sun, Sun,
Mister Golden Sun,
Hiding behind a tree...
These little children
Are asking you
To please come out
So we can play with you
Oh Mister Sun, Sun,
Mister Golden Sun,
Please shine down on..
Please shine down on...
Please shine down on me!

6 Little Ducks

Six little ducks that I once knew
Fat ones, skinny ones, fair ones too
But the one little duck with the feather on his back
He led the others with a quack, quack, quack
Quack, quack, quack, Quack, quack, quack
He led the others with a quack, quack, quack
Down to the river, they would go
Wibble, wobble, wibble, wobble, to and fro

You Are My Sunshine

You are my sunshine
My only sunshine
You make me happy
When skies are grey
You never know dear
How much I love you
So please don't take my sunshine away

Yellow Stars - sung to "I've been working on the Railroad"

Yellow stars are shining brightly,
in the nighttime sky.
Yellow stars are shining brightly,
Just watch as they sail by.
You can make a wish upon them,
And it might come true.
Way up in the sky above us,
The stars shine for you.

Arts & Crafts

Yellow Friendship Flowers

Give each child a yellow baking cup, crayons, a green pipe cleaner and scissors. Use the yellow baking cups as "flowers" and have children draw smiling faces on the inside of the cups. Tape the base of the "flowers" to the green stems (pipe cleaner). Have the children share the friendship flowers with family members.

You Are My Sunshine

Need: tagboard circle cutout, yellow tissue paper pieces, yellow streamers, gold glitter, and glue. Have the child glue the yellow tissue paper pieces all over the circle cutout to cover it. Then sprinkle glitter over circle. Finish by attaching the yellow streamers to the edges to create a sun.

Lemon Stamps

2-3 lemons
yellow tempera paint
foam meat trays

Mix yellow tempera paint with water and place in meat trays. Cut lemons in half using a knife. Let the children make designs on paper by dipping lemon halves in the yellow paint.

Cornstarch Finger Paint

3 tbsps. sugar
1/2 cup cornstarch
2 cups cold water
Food coloring
Soap flakes or liquid dishwashing soap

Mix sugar and cornstarch in medium saucepan over low heat. Add cold water and stir until mixture is thick. Remove from heat. Divide into four or five portions (in muffin tins or cups). Add a drop or two of food coloring to each portion and a pinch of soap flakes or soap. Stir and let cool. Store in airtight container.

Yellow Playdough

1 cup flour
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 cup water
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1/2 cup salt
Food coloring

Mix all ingredients in saucepan. Heat, stirring constantly until ball forms. Cool and knead until smooth.

Lemon Prints

Cut lemons if half and let dry slightly. Provide a pan of yellow paint for the children to dip the lemons in. Let them make lemon prints on white paper or other painting surface.

In The Kitchen

Banana Pops

banana on a stick
nuts, coconut or granola

Dip banana in yogurt, then roll in nuts, coconut, or granola and freeze.


4 lemons (juiced)
3 cups water
1/2 cups sugar
ice cubes

Pineapple Cheese Squares

pineapple rings

Layer the margarine, cheese and pinapple on the bread slices. Bake at 350 until cheese melts.

Theme Ideas

This month you can have a "Yellow Day", where you wear yellow, eat yellow foods, do lots of things outside in the sun. Have lots of arts and crafts that involve the color yellow, or yellow items. You can do these things all in one day, or split them up so that you can do one thing each day. You can also play games that involve yellow: Count yellow counters, name as many things that are yellow as you can, plant yellow flowers, and many many more.

Flower Power

Bring a variety of real flowers. (Sometimes a florist will donate older, wilting flowers.) Give each of your children a small square of yellow construction paper and one or more flowers to examine. Help them identify the paper's color as yellow and ask if they can find yellow somewhere in their flowers. Discuss and compare their findings. Put the flowers in a vase and display them in the classroom for everyone to enjoy.

Thinking About Yellow

At art time, help your children make hats from yellow construction paper. Have them wear their hats at circle time, and wear one yourself. Discuss the hats' yellow color. Tell the children that they are wearing thinking hats. Ask them to think of things that are yellow. Let each child, in turn, name a yellow thing. If a child has trouble naming something that is yellow, ask the group to help.

Surround Yourself in Yellow

You could surround yourself in yellow things like Paint a room yellow, Buy yellow clothes, towels, or little things around the house.

~Submitted by Kristian in VA

Yellow Ideas

1. We made a RUBBER DUCKIE yellow with cornmeal.
2. We counted, sorted and patterned with M&M's.
3. We played COLOR KITES match game, matching color words and colors.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

More Yellow Ideas

1. We traced, cut, and covered BIG BIRD with feathers.
2. We played COLOR LOTTO on an ARTIST'S Palette.
3. We counted golden beans in numbered pots.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Sand and Water Table

Color uncooked rice with yellow food coloring for a change in the sand table. Add dried corn kernels or yellow craft feathers for variety.


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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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