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Have An Orange Day!

Wondering how to teach your children their colors without the boring monotony of using color squares over and over until you both would rather be color blind? In this series of articles, I will make suggestions on making colors fun and interesting for both of you! Today’s article is on the color ORANGE.


Fun and food often go hand in hand, this can be especially true when teaching colors. Foods that you could use on your “Orange Day” are:

Orange Jello
Orange Sherbet
Pumpkin pie
Carrot juice
Orange juice
Orange koolaid
Orange Marmalade
Orange Milk -- you can do this with just about any color, just add food coloring to your milk for the day. It gets quite a reaction!
Orange Pudding -- you can also take vanilla pudding and/or whipped topping and add food coloring.

However, a note … some children (and adults) are extra sensitive to certain food dyes. If this is the case with any of your children, or you just want to stay on the safe side, stick with the natural sources of the color.

Make homemade fruit roll-ups using orange fruit

Make a orange homemade fruit sherbet. You could add food coloring to make the sherbet color more vibrant if you wish.


The Big Orange Splot
The Big, Big Carrot

Arts and Crafts:

Orange Collage: Glue a orange thing collage on orange paper. Invite children to bring orange things from home to glue on to a orange collage. You'll need to have some things available too like, orange fabric scraps, orange yarn, orange buttons, orange paper, orange tissue paper, orange cotton balls, orange milk jug caps, orange confetti, orange paint chip samples from the hardware store, etc.

Make orange colored playdough

Wear Orange Day: Wear as much orange as possible, and get some theatrical makeup and paint everyone's face orange.

Take an orange walk and look for orange objects. They could even take a small tablet and orange crayon (similar to “Blues Clues” television show) and make a note/picture of each orange object they find.

Art: Put orange paint (or fingerpaints) in a painting center or easel. Or, provide crayons, markers, chalk, pencils, etc. in the color of the day so they can create interesting, monochromatic (single color) pictures.

Make orange Eggshell Chalk

Make orange soap crayons

Make orange, environmentally friendly sidewalk paint

Make orange scratch-n-sniff watercolors

Turn any picture or cut-out into a homemade sticker

Make inexpensive, orange oily soap paint

Sand pictures: first, allow the child to use Elmer’s glue (or some other similar craft glue) to “paint” a picture onto a piece of paper. Then shake some colored sand over the picture. Gently shake the excess sand back into a storage container and allow the picture to dry. You could to the same thing with orange glitter or confetti if you chose.

Bubble pictures: Pour about ¼ cup of dishwashing liquid into a container such as a clean, empty cottage cheese container. Add small amounts of water and tempera paint until the color is intense. Place a drinking straw into the pain mixture and blow carefully until the bubbles start to overflow. Gently place a piece of paper over the bubbles, then lift carefully. The broken bubbles leave a pretty design on the paper.

Orange balloons: Thin out Elmer’s glue (or similar craft glue) with water. Blow up a balloon. Dip colored yarn into the glue mixture and then wrap it around the balloon until the balloon is covered. Let it dry. Pop the balloon and carefully remove from you creation. You can hang this yarn balloon from the ceiling like a Chinese lantern.

Orange Necklaces: Make necklaces out of dyed wagon wheel pasta (orange food coloring and rubbing alcohol mixed with the pasta - mix in large Ziploc bag and allow to dry on a garbage bag overnight). The children use tipped yarn and thread on the orange wagon wheels (they are a perfect size for the yarn).

Fruit Prints: Cut an orange in half. Squeeze out the juice. Dip the oranges into orange tempera paint and make a print on white paper. Use the prints as gift wrap or greeting cards.

Grow a Carrot: Cut off the tops of carrots and place it in a shallow dish of water. Over time the carrot will sprout at the top.

Plate Pumpkins: Paint paper plates orange and add black facial features and a green stem.

Window Hangings: Take orange tissue paper and let the kids tear it up then have them paint white glue on wax paper. Put the orange tissue paper on the wax paper. When its dry punch hole in the top and put orange string in the hole and hand in a window.

Color Cubes: After filling the ice cube tray with water, add drops of red, yellow and blue the compartments. After they are frozen, place a red cube and two yellow cubes in a glass. As the cubes melt watch what happens! Do the same for yellow and blue and red and blue. It is fun to watch the ice melt and change into another color.

COLORED CRYSTALS: For each child mix 1 tablespoon Epsom salts and 1 tablespoon water in a baby food jar or a clear plastic glass. Then stir in 1/4 teaspoon of the desired food coloring. Have the children observe over the next few days as the water evaporates and small crystals begin to form. Keep a magnifying glass handy for closer examination. Hint: For the best results do not use yellow.

GLITTER SPARKLE BOTTLES: Remove the label from a clean, clear 16 oz. plastic soda bottle. Pour at least 1/2 cup of light corn syrup into the bottle. Then add a few drops of food coloring and some glitter and/or confetti. Hot glue the lid onto the bottle. Have the children swirl and shake the bottle and watch it's movement. Use a certain color--or a rainbow of colors!

Other Activities:

Take a virtual fieldtrip to the Jelly Belly Jellybean Factory while you have eat orange jelly beans. This is fun!

Gather plenty of color-specific ideas from The Crayola Crayon Factory

Play active games with a orange balloon or orange ball.

Carrot Game: Play carrot, carrot , corn. (like duck, duck goose)

Carrot Activities: Read the story "The Big, Big, Carrot" and do math activities with carrots. For example, arrange the carrots by size, sort by size and count them. You can also hide a poster board carrot in the room and have them find it. The one who finds it hides it next, and continue until everyone has had a turn to hide the carrot.

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.

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.

COLOR HOP (tune of Old McDonald)
I see something that is_____[color].
Do you see it too?
I see something that is [same color].
HOP there if you do.
With a hop, hop here,
And a hop, hop there. Hurry up! Hop it up!
Hop as fast as you dare.
I see something that is [color].
Do you see it too?

COLOR SONG (Tune: If you're Happy and You Know It)
If there's orange on your shoes stand up quick,
If there's orange on your shoes stand up quick.
If there's orange on your shoes,
If there's orange on your shoes,
If there's orange on your shoes stand up quick!

Of course you can change the article of clothing and the action you do to extend the song or to include others that have white somewhere else.)


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