The color yellow is one of the happiest – in my opinion. Is the color of light and sunshine. My kids would want me to tell you that it is also the color of bananas.
We celebrated Yellow Day with books, smoothies, and lots of yellow. Below are our books, snacks, and activities for a Preschool day full of yellow.
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Celebrate Preschool Yellow Day!
3 Picture Books to Read About Yellow
Yellow Ball by Molly Bang
A little yellow ball gets left at the seashore and goes on an incredible adventure. We loved the illustrations in this one.
Yellow Square by David A. Carter
This is an incredicble pop-up book. It is a beautiful feat of paper design that will amaze you.
The Little Yellow Chicken by Joy Cowley
A twist on the tale of the little red hen. In this tale, the yellow chick is throwing a party but none of his friends are inclined to help.
7 Yellow Themed Activities & Snack Ideas
1. Wear Yellow
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 Yellow and then snapped some selfies before we headed out for the morning. (Cognitive)
2. Lemonade Sensory Bin
Gather: A sensory bin, a towel, water, ice cubes, lemons, small bowls, wooden spoons.
Set Up: Slice the lemons into slices (not wedges) and let them float in the water.
Activity: This is a sensory bin that engages all of the senses, at least in our case. There was an abundance of ice cube and lemon eating. If you aren’t okay with this, make sure you are clear with your expectations. My preschoolers also poured and scooped, put things and out of the bowls, stirred, and generally enjoyed pretending to cook.
3. Yellow Art Invitation
Create a basket of Yellow art materials. Place this on your art table with some blank paper as an invitation to create. (Fine Motor + Creativity)
My basket included;
- yellow markers
- yellow colored pencils
- yellow crayons
- yellow stampers
- yellow gummed art tape
- yellow tissue paper.
4. Yellow Smoothie
Cooking with kids is a great opportunity to develop self help skills. In this case it was also a science lesson in color mixing. We discovered that orange + white = yellow. (Self Help + Fine Motor)
1 Frozen Banana
1/2 Cup Frozen Mango
2 Oranges – Juiced
1 Cup Soy Milk
2 TBSP Peanut Butter
(Makes one serving)
Put the banana, mango, orange juice, soy milk and peanut butter in the blender. Blend until creamy. We have this FANTASTIC blender that makes creating smoothies super simple. The ingredients are poured in, blended with a push of a button, and then poured in a cup. We make an assembly line of sorts and quickly create a simple breakfast. If you are using a large blender, simple add the above ingredients x the number of people. If the smoothie is too thick, simply add more orange juice and soy milk in equal parts.
5. Yellow Shake Snack
This is another fun snack idea and super quick as well, but involves a bit more fine motor development.
Yellow Fruits (we used pineapples and bananas, but there are a variety of options)
Sharp Knife (for adult use)
Butter Knife or Child Sized Knife (for child to use)
Bowls or Plates to serve the snack
Back at home, prepare your area and wash you hands. For us this meant our kids ran to the bathroom to wash their hands, I quickly washed mine in the kitchen, and then laid out a cutting board and knives.
After cutting a slit across the bananas near the tip, our children worked on peeling the bananas and putting the peels in the trash.
Meanwhile, I sliced the banana. At the time, I used a knife, although since then my husband got this nifty pineapple cutter at we highly recommend it.
Then they moved the pineapple from the cutting board to the bowl while I discarded the peel.
Then together we sliced the bananas. This is optional and depends on your comfort level, but with help (and close supervision), our toddlers were able to slice the bananas. Then these got added to the bowl and they took turns mixing.
Scoop the snack into bowls and go enjoy.
6. Yellow Duplo Challenge
Another activity for yellow day, and probably the favorite, was the Yellow Duplo Challenge. It sounds exciting and possibly complicated, but all I did was put our Yellow Duplos in a basket on the shelf and challenged them to see what they could build with just Yellow.
Color Week Projects
Rainbow Journal : Yellow 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 yellow day, turn to the next blank page and have your preschooler copy the word YELLOW. Then have them use the basic of Yellow art materials to draw whatever they want on the facing page. (Literacy)
This is the other project that will last you the entire Preschool Color Week. Today add to the Rainbow in the yellow space. Gummed Art Tape is hugely popular in our house right now so we added some Yellow today. (Creativity + Social Skills)
Want More Simple Play at Home Ideas?
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