GREEN : Books + Activities
Happy Green Day!
If you have been following along with our Week of Preschool Color you know that today is all about the color Green. Below are some fun ideas for playtime, snack, and more. It is however also our turn to jump in on the A-Z Indoor Activities Blog Hop hosted by Crafty Kids at Home. I have N is for Numbers so we spent much of Green day focusing on numbers. You will see our colorful ways to explore numbers with preschoolers below as well!
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Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
This is a beautiful book full of different shades of green. The sparse words are perfect for young children, but the themes appeal to a much great range of ages. 2+
Little Green Peas: A BIG book of COLORS by Keith Baker
From the author of LMNO Peas comes a darling book about colors. Bright colorful illustrations, repetitive text, and those adorable, playful peas.
Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni
Blue and Yellow are the best of friends. They play happily together until one day they get stuck together and neither family recognizes their new joint green personality.
Have You Seen My Dragon? by Steve Light
This is one of our alltime favorites. The black and white illustrations are splashed with one bright color per page and the details encourage you to look closely. I've raved about it before, but for Green day is played a large role in our counting activities.
Part of the fun of a color week is finding an item of clothing or two to wear for the day. We decked out in Green and then snapped some selfies before we headed out for the morning. (Cognitive)
Green Grape Kabobs
Our snack for Green day was Green Grape Kabobs. You will need, bamboo skewers and green grapes. We froze ours in the morning by placing them in a tupperware in the freezer. At snack time we pulled them out and then threaded them onto our skewers. Consider adding some Purple Grapes and making patterns on your skewers for some extra Math fun. (Fine Motor)
As I mentioned above, our Green day activities largely centered around Math. These zero-prep activities are part of an array of fun Indoor Activities being shared by bloggers on Crafty Kids at Home. Many of them used our Counting Bears which are a wonderful hands-on math materials for Preschool and Early Elementary (You can find them HERE) Here are five fantastically simple number activities:
Counting Bears: Sort and Count
To play you need some Counting Bears (see above) and a table. Pour the counting bears on the table and have your child sort them by color. For more than one child you can divide the bears into groups or have the children work together. When they are done sorting, ask "Which color of bears has the biggest group and which is the smallest?" Have them guess and then count to confirm.
Counting Bear Pattern Challenges
My twins this is fabulous fun. We have been working on patterns for a while. Divide the bears somewhat equally between the people playing. Have each person create the beginning to a pattern. We call this "creating a pattern challenge." When everyone is done with their pattern, have them rotate to the next person and try to continue their pattern. To add some number work into your patterns, give limitations to your patterns such as; patterns much contain 2 green bears or must be 3 bears long.
Rainbow Scavenger Hunt + Count
To play, start with a clear table or large space on the floor. You will be creating a rainbow with your toys and other materials. One color at a time, have everyone hunt around the house, playroom, or classroom for items that match that color. For example, first you will send everyone to find things that are red. When they come back, arrange them in a line or arch and then move onto the next color. To keep the colors somewhat even, you may want to count how many things you find as you go. Otherwise, similar to the sort and count activity above, when you are done hypothesize about which color has the largest and smallest group and then count to determine.
Read a book with Numbers. This list of Counting Books is a great start. We read Have You Seen My Dragon, which I described above. As you go, have your child represent the numbers mentioned with their Counting Bears. This helps them start to tie the number to the numeral on the page.
Dancing Bear Pairs
My daughter essentially invented this game. She likes to pretend with the Counting Bears while we do activities with them and she was pretending a couple were dancing when it dawned on me this was the perfect way to introduce odd and even numbers. To play Dancing Bear Pairs all you need are Counting Bears. If you wish, some number cards can also be used to continue working on Number Recognition. To play, explain: that your bears are going to a dancing party and they all need a partner. Unfortunately, one of the bears at the Odd Party won't have a partner, but if they are at an Even Party everyone will. Let's see what kind of party the Number 4 is. Have your preschooler find four bears, pair them off and then declare it must be an Even Party. Continue with different numbers, both odd and even.
Rainbow Journal : Green Page
Continue the Rainbow journal today that you are using for the entire Preschool Color Week. You can find directions for starting one on our Red Day page. For green day, turn to the next blank page and have your preschooler copy the word GREEN. Then have them use the basic of Green art materials to draw whatever they want on the facing page. Try to gather different shades of Green if you can. (Literacy)
This is the other project that will last you the entire Preschool Color Week. Today add to the Rainbow in the Green space. Gummed Art Tape is hugely popular in our house right now so we added some Green today. We also punched some Green shamrocks from construction paper and glued those onto the Rainbow as well. (Creativity + Social Skills)
Green art materials
Green building materials
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