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Have a Green 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 GREEN.

Food:

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

Green Koolaid
Green Jello
Green taffy
Green lollipops
Green apples or green-apple flavored candy
cucumbers (skins on)
lettuce
fried green tomatoes
ranch (or other) dressing (tinted green with food coloring)
kiwi
broccoli
asparagus
celery
string beans
peas
lime sherbet
avocado
spinach
green peppers
egg salad sandwich filling (tinted green with food coloring)
popcorn (tint melted butter with green food coloring before drizzling - then let the kids mix well)
parsley
limes
honeydew melon
pickles
green relish


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 yellow.

Make homemade fruit roll-ups using green fruit or fruit puree dyed green.

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

Books:

Green Eggs and Ham


Coloring Pages:

Alligator
Lizard
Turtle
Sea Turtle
Other coloring pages


Arts and Crafts:

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

Shaving Cream Finger Paint:
1 medium ziploc bag
white shaving cream
Food coloring
Place a palm size dollop of shaving cream into the ziploc bag; add a few drops of blue and yellow food coloring. Zip up the bag, removing all the air you can before sealing. The kids can "knead" the bag to mix the colors - yellow and blue make Green!

Thumb Print Grapes: Draw or copy a bunch of grapes (stems only - minus the grapes!) on a piece of fingerpaint paper. Supply the kids with light green fingerpaint and let them use their thumbs to fill the page with "green grapes"!

Make green colored playdough

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

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

Art: Put green 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 green Eggshell Chalk

Make green soap crayons

Make green, environmentally friendly sidewalk paint

Make green scratch-n-sniff watercolors

Turn any picture or cut-out into a homemade sticker

Make inexpensive, green 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 green glitter 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.

Green 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.

Green Necklaces: Make necklaces out of dyed wagon wheel pasta (green 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 yellow wagon wheels (they are a perfect size for the yarn).

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

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 Epson 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 green (lime or apple-flavored) jelly beans. This is fun!

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

Play active games with a green balloon or green ball.

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 white on your shoes stand up quick,
If there's white on your shoes stand up quick.
If there's white on your shoes,
If there's white on your shoes,
If there's white 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.)

Color Game
Give each child a man shaped in one of the following colors red, blue, green, or yellow. Have the children listen for their color and move the man accordingly.
Red, green, blue, and yellow:
These are the color fellows.
Hold yours up when you hear it's name.
It's time to play the color game.
Red, Red, move so high.
Reach and try to touch the sky.
Green, Green, move round and round.
Circle up and down.
Blue, Blue, move left and right.
Move until you're out of sight.
Yellow, Yellow, move front and back.
Keep on moving. Stay on track.
Our color game is almost done.
Let's play again: oh what fun!


I saw Something that is Green tune: Old MacDonald.)
I saw something that is green
jumping to and fro
I saw something that is green.
so off we too can go!
With a big jump here
And a big jump there.
Frogs are here; frogs are there
Frogs are jumping everywhere!
I saw something that is green.
Did you see it too?


If you're Wearing any Green
(Tune: If You're Happy and You Know It)
If you're wearing any green, stand up tall (stretch up tall)
If you're wearing any green, stand up tall
If you're wearing any green, stand up tall against the wall.
If you're wearing any green, stand up tall

Additional verses:
If you're wearing any blue, Clap One Two! (clap clap)
If you're wearing any blue, Clap One Two!
If you're wearing any blue, then a clap will have to do
If you're wearing any blue, Clap One Two!
If you're wearing any yellow, shout hello HELLO
If you're wearing any yellow, then you're quite a happy fellow
If you're wearing any brown, touch the ground (crouch & touch the floor)
If you're wearing any brown, touch the ground and turn around
If you're wearing any red, shake your head
If you're wearing any red, shake your head and go to bed


Five Little Froggies
(use fingers or finger puppets)
Five little froggies sitting on a well
One looked up and down he fell (look up, then point down)
Froggies jumped high (reach up high)
Froggies jumped low (reach down low)
Four little froggies danced to and fro (Dance four fingers back and forth).
Four little froggies (continue until there are no little froggies left)

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