General Ideas for Color Theme

Group Time Thoughts, Activities And Games

Color Game

Give each child a red, green, blue or yellow child shaped cutout. Encourage her to move her color fellow at the appropriate time.

Red, green, blue and yellow:
These are the color fellows.
Hold yours up when you hear it's name
It's time to play a color game.

Red, red move so high.
Reach and try to touch the sky.

Green, green, move round and round.
Circle up and circle down.

Blue, blue move left and right
Move until you'r 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!

General Songs for Colors

Just count the syllables in the word and then pick the tune to use for your song.

Songs for 3 Letter Words: This Old Man, Jingle Bells, Are You Sleeping? (C-A-N can), Three Blind Mice .

Songs for 4 Letter Words: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,Skip to My Lou, YMCA, Are You Sleeping?

Songs for 5 Letter Words: Skip to My Lou, Row, Row, Row Your Boat, You Are My Sunshine, BINGO ("There was a class that learned to spell; And this is what they sang-o")

Songs for 6 Letter Words: This Old Man, Jingle Bells, Happy Birthday, Michael Row Your Boat Ashore, The Farmer in the Dell, Skip to My Lou.

Songs for 7 Letter Words: She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain When She Comes, My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean, Twinkle, Twinkle.

Songs for 8 Letter Words: We Wish You a Merry Christmas,For He's a Jolly Good Fellow.

Song for 9 Letter Words: I'm A Little Teapot

I love colors, yes I do!
Red and orange and green and blue!
I love colors, dark or bright,
Yellow, purple, black, and white!

What is red?
Juicy Beets!
What is brown?
Chocolate treats!
What is white?
A shiny moon!
What is gray?
A big baboon


What is orange?
Carrot sticks!
What is yellow?
Baby chicks!
What is gold?
Bright goldfish!
What is black?


What is green?
Grass so high!
What is blue?
The open sky!
What is purple?
Eggplant shells!
What is silver?
Silver bells!


The Color Song
(Tune: This Old Man)
Red, red, red, touch your head.
Blue, blue, blue, tie your shoe.
Brown, brown, brown, touch the ground.
White, white, white, take a bite.
Black, black, black, touch your back.
Purple, purple, purple, draw a circle.
Pink, pink, pink, give a wink.
Gray, gray, gray, shout hurray!

Color And Shape Flannel Board...
Cut out triangle shapes in different colors or other shape of choice
Riddle, riddle, ree
What color do I see?
_____________(child's name)
Has it on his/her _______________(pants, shirt etc.)
What color can this be?

Directions to make lollipops... Cut three inch circles from construction paper (red, blue, green, yellow, orange, and purple.) Make three of each color. Glue craft sticks to each colored circle to make a lollipop. Have the children sit in a circle. One child is "it" and skips around the circle holding the lollipops in a coffee can while the other children chant.
(Skip To My Lou)
Lollipops, lollipops, yum, yum, yum.
Lollipops, lollipops, yum, yum, yum.
Lollipops, lollipops, yum, yum, yum.
Please come over and give me some.
It stops in front of a child who closes their eyes and picks out a lollipop. If the child guesses the correct color then they may take a turn being "it."

Wiggle Worm...
Decorate the outside of a small empty can (Formula cans work well) with paper and label Wiggle Worms. Cut cardboard into 2 1/2 x 5'' rectangles. On the cardboard strips color a square with all the primary and secondary colors and then on four of the strips draw wiggle worms. Place all strips into can.
Have the children sit in a circle. One at a time, have the children pull out a card , and identify the color on it. If there is a wiggle worm on the bottom of the card, the child yells "Wiggle worms" and everyone should stand up and "wiggle like a worm." Continue playing until all the cards are used.

Color Game...
Place a red, yellow, blue and orange piece of paper in each corner of the room. When the music stops call out a color and get the children to run to the appropriate color.

Group Time Fun...
A large motor skill they love to do is the "Color Game". I have a back pack that I put objects in that are the color of the day and objects that are not. If I pull out an object that is the color of the day they stand up and yell the color. If the object is not the correct color they stay seated and yell NO!

Scat Cat...
I'm scat cat,
I'm big and fat,
If you don't like my color,
I'll change like that!
This is a great chant to do with your class on colors you copy several cats color them each a different color. Red, blue green, purple, ect. and laminate them, and chant the poem. Put that color cat behind and continue till all colors have gone through.

Little House Painted...
Make a red poster board rectangular house shape with a triangle roof.
Cut out the center of the rectangle part leaving about a one inch border.
Have ready a sheet of construction paper in red, orange, blue, yellow, brown,
purple, pink, white and green (8" x 11").
As you sing the following song, change the color of the construction paper
behind the cut-out section.
Little red house, painted orange
Little red house, painted orange
Little red house, painted orange
Skip to my Lou, my darling.

So Many Fish...
There Are So Many Fish (have colored felt fish)
There are so many fish in the deep blue sea
What color fish does (child's name) see?
(Child says the color while removing the fish from the felt board)

Color Bears...
Use this activity during circle time. In advance draw a teddy bear face onto several different colors of construction paper.. Glue the bears onto craft sticks. During group time pass a bear out to each child.
Start this chant: Blue bear, blue bear what do you see? The child or children with the blue bear must stand up and identify something in the room that is blue. Continue until each child and color has been used.

More Grouptime Fun...
Cut out 8 identical brown bears (to look like corduroy!)
and put a different colored pair of over-alls on each (the bears and
over-alls were cut out of construction paper and contacted). At circle, I
placed each bear on the flannel board one by one and asked the children
what color over-alls "Corduroy"had on. After we went over the colors, I
turned the flannel board around and took off one bear and asked the
children what color was missing. The children loved this color
recognition/what is missing game, During free choice time, I overheard the
children playing the game by themselves!

Color Art
Eat Your Art?...
I use white frosting and color it blue, red and yellow. We use this like
finger paint- but a graham cracker is our paper. I use the large one can be
cut into four parts. Tell the students that their finger is the brush.(Wash
hand first) Each student has a spoon size amount of each frosting on a paper
plate. Tell them to take some red and spread it on on section of the cracker.
They are to clean their paint brush off by licking off the frosting. Kids
love this part. When finger is clean tell them to spread yellow on top of the
red. Mix --What has happened? In other sections mix to make green, purple
and brown/gray. We mix all three colors together just to see what we get.
Then students can eat their work.

Mixing Colors...
In a zip-lock bag I put about a tennis ball size squirt of shaving cream, a squirt of red paint and a
squirt of blue paint. The children mix it with their fingers until purple magically appears, then open a
small area on the end so they can squeeze it out and they finger paint with it on a piece of thick white paper or construction paper.

Pasta Necklaces...
One activity we did for blue was to make necklaces out of dyed wagon wheel pasta (blue 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 used tipped yarn and threaded on the blue wagon wheels (they
are a perfect size for the yarn). They looked great. I also use dyed pasta for patterning activities.

Color Centers
Easel Painting...
Allow the children to experiment with red, blue, and yellow paints. As they mix their colors they will notice NEW colors that they made.

Water Table Fun...
Put some colored ware in the water table and give the children objects the same color as the water to play with.

Color Stringing...
String the desired color of buttons on matching colored string to make necklaces.

Tinted Rice...
Tint rice for sensory table by adding food coloring. Add measuring cups and plastic spoons.

Color Crowns...
Have the children make crowns by cutting out of large sheets for construction paper. Have them look in magazines for pictures of items that match the color.

Color Cups...
Color the bottom of six white cupcake liners different colors. Place in a six cup muffin tin. Set out assortment of small matching colored items. Let the children sort them into the matching colored cups.
Ideas: Rubber bands, popcorn kernels, beads, pasta, paper clips, and buttons.

Color Sticks...
Turn a shoe box upside down and cut two parallel rows of slits in the top. Draw colored dots on the ends of one set of tongue depressors and matching colored dots on the ends of another set. Insert one set of sticks in one of the rows of slits. Then let the children insert matching colored sticks from second set in the appropriate slits in the other row.

Colored Feather Game...
Cut feather shapes out of selected colors of construction paper and place them in a paper bag. Have the children sit in a circle. Let one child at a time reach into the bag and pull out a feather. In order for the child to keep the feather the child must name something that is the matching color. Continue until everyone has had a chance.

Colored Ice Cubes...
Ahead of time you will need to freeze blocks of ice in several colors by adding food coloring. Place all colors in sensory table.

Color Books
Colors Around Us by Shelley Rotner and Anne Woodhull
Colors Everywhere by Tana Hoban
If You Want To Find Golden by Ellen Spinelli
Brown Cow, Green Grass, Yellow Mellow Sun by Ellen Jackson
A Color Of His Own by Leo Lionni
The Colors by Monique Felix
The Purple Coat by Amy Hest
Little Blue And Little Yellow by Leo Lionni
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle
Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh
White Rabbit's Color Book by Alan Baker
I Went Walking by Sue Williams

Individual Color Theme Ideas

Yellow Theme
Yellow Song
(Tune:"If You're Happy and You Know It")
Y-e-l-l-o-w spells yellow
Y-e-l-l-0-w spells yellow
Like the early morning sun
When the day has just begun
Y-e-l-l-o-w spells yellow.

Daffodils and baby ducks are yellow.
Lemonade and scrambled eggs are yellow.
I like the smiley face that yellow.
He is such a happy fellow.
Y-e-l-l-o-w spells yellow.


(If'You're Happy and You Know It)
Y-E-L-L-O-W spells yellow.
Y-E-L-L-O-W spells yellow.
Yellow is a pretty color
And because you're a nice fellow.
I will tell you 'bout some things that are yellow.

Corn, lemons and the sun are yellow.
Corn, lemons and the sun are yellow.
Yes all of these are yellow
And I always will remember
Y-E-L-L-O-W spells yellow.

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.

(Baa, Baa Black Sheep)
Yellow Yellow is the sun
Shining down on everyone
Y-e-l-l-o-w, Y-e-l-l-o-w
Yellow, yellow is the sun
Shine on me so I can have fun.

Blue Theme
Activities for Blue Day

  • Paint pictures of the blue sky
  • Spread blue icing on cookies to create "cookie monsters"
  • Count how many in the group have blue eyes
  • Touch and examine bluebells and blue daisies
  • Read Blueberries for Sal by Robert McClosky
  • Use blue aquarium gravel for sandbox play
  • Go on a field trip to pick and eat blueberries
  • Cut and fold blue origami paper
  • Take a walk to mail letters in a blue mailbox
  • Add blue food coloring to milk at snack
  • Finger-paint blue ocean waves
  • Snack on blueberry yogurt
  • Learn the nursery rhyme "Little Boy Blue"
  • Make blueberry pancakes
  • Glue pants shapes cut from old blue jeans on drawings of clotheslines.
  • Talk about plants and animals that live in the blue sea

Blue Bubble Prints
In a small plastic bowl, mix one part blue liquid tempera paint with two parts liquid dishwashing soap and stir in a small amount of water. Let one child at a time put a straw into the paint mixture and blow through it until the bubbles rise above the rim of the bowl. Then lay a piece of white paper on top of the bubbles and let hte child rub across it gently. As the bubbles break, they will leave delicate blue prints on the paper. (to prevent the children from accidentally sucking up the paint mixture, poke holes near the tops of the straws).

Blue Mural
Attach a large sheet of butcher paper to a wall. Let the children look through magazines and tear out pictures of blue items. Have them brush thick blue paint on the butcher paper and press the magazine pictures on the wet paint to create a blue mural.

Cookie Cutter Prints
Mix tempera paints to make various shades of blue. Start by adding blue to white paint, making each shade darker than the one before. To darken blue, begin with blue paint and add small amounts of black. Pour the paints into shallow containers and set out sheets of white construction paper and various kinds of cookie cutters. The let the children dip the cookie cuttes into the paint and press them on their papers to make prints. When the paint has dried, mount the prints on sheets of blue construction paper.

Blueberry Pies
Cut small pie shapes out of tan construction paper. let the children use a hole unch to punch circles out of dark blue construction paper. The have them brush glue on their pie shapes and cover the glue with blue circle "blueberries."

Cut egg cups out of cardboard egg cartons. The cut the cups into bluebell shapes and let the children paint them light blue. When the paint has dired, make stems by inserting the ends of green pipe cleaners through the bottoms of the bluebells, then bending the pepe cleaners into cane shpaes. If desired, let the children poke holes in the ends of pre cut green construction paper leaves and theread them on their bluebell stems.


Fish Tank
Fill a large plastic soft drink bottle about one quarter full with water. Add a fe drops of blue food coloring and a drop of liquied detergent. Pour in a small amount of clean sand or aquarium gravel. Blwo up two small balloons, release most of the air, then tie the ends closed. Push the balloons into the bottle and srew the cap on tightly. When you have finished, you will have a fish tank with two babbing "fish" inside. Let the children take turns holding the bottle sideways and rocking it back and forth to watch the fish "swim" in the blue water.

Blue Carnation
Place a white carnation in a glass of water to which you have added a generous amount of blue food coloring. Over the next few days, have the children observe as the petals begin to turn light blue. Use the experiment to discuss how plants take water up through their stems and out into their leaves and flowers.

Blue Mystery Box
Cover a box with blue construction paper. Just before circle time, hide a blue object (a blue hat, a blue button, a blue crayon, etc) inside the box. Begin by saying, "there is something inside this box that is blue. What do you think it might be?" Continue to give identifying clues until the children guess what the object is. Repeat the activity for several days, using a different blue item each day.

Songs and fingerplays
Blue Song
(Tune:”Are You Sleeping?”)
B-L-U-E, B-L-U-E
That spells blue, That spells blue
That's the color of the sky
That's the color of the sea
B-L-U-E, B-L-U-E.

(Tune:”Row, Row Row Your Boat”)
B-L-U-E spells the color blue
The sky, the ocean and some birds
Are all a beautiful blue

Blue Song
(Tune:"The Farmer in the Dell")
B-l-u-e spells blue.
B-l-u-e spells blue.
Hi! Ho! Did you know?
B-l-u-e spells blue.
The big sky is blue.
The ocean is too.
Hi! Ho! Did you know?
B-l-u-e spells blue.

( Are you Sleeping?)
That spells blue!
That Spells blue!
Buttons are blue
Eyes are too
Blue, blue, blue
Blue, Blue ,Blue

Green Theme
A Green Story:
Gather an assortment of flannel board figures, including a number of green ones. Pass out a figure to each of your children. Ask the children with green figures to come up and put then on the flannel board in a line. Then make up a story that includes all the figures in the order they appear.

Green Gobbler:
On the side of a large box, paint or draw a (not too scary) green monster face with a big mouth. Cut out a mouth opening with a utility knife. Bring the monster to circle time and explain that this is the Green Gobbler. It is always hungry, but it will eat only green things. Ask your children to think of things that the monster will eat. List their discussions.
Extension: As a follow up activity, place the green gobbler in the classroom where the children can feed it green items and pictures of green items.

Eat your greens:
Before circle time, have your children cut or tear pictures of foods from magazines. At circle time, put a green disposable plate on the floor and spread the magazine pictures around it. Explain to the children that only green foods can go on the plate. Have them decide which foods can be placed there.
Green Things We know:
Brainstorm a list of green things. With a green marker, write each word and make a quick sketch of the item on an index card, using a new card for each word and sketch. Display each card. Now turn the cards over and let each child choose one card. Have the group help each child read his or her card and add the words “….. is green.” For example, “Jake’s hat is green.”
Painting with Evergreens
Cut 3 to 4 inch branch tips from various kinds of evergreens. Set out white construction paper and pour green tempera paint into shallow containers. Then let the children dip the branch tips into the paint and brush them across their papers to create designs. When they have finished, staple each child's branch tip on his or her painting. While doing this activity, discuss the color, smell and texture of the different evergreens.

Green Frogs...
Run off a cute frog black line on bright yellow construction paper, then the kids put dots on the frog with "blue" bingo markers. It is magic to them to see the dots turn out "green" on the frog! They then cut the frogs out and put them in their color booklets they are making on the GREEN page.

Oscar the Grouch...
Using 35 mm film canisters, have the children cut a little square of newspaper (approx. 3X3") put a drop of glue in the bottom of the canister and then put the newspaper in so some sticks out of the top; glue one green pom-pom on the newspaper, and glue two tiny squiggle eyes on the pom-pom

Green Pinecone Trees
Provide each child with a large pinecone. Pour green tempera paint into shallow containers and set out small sponges. Then have the children use the sponges to brush green paint on their pinecones. While the paint is still wet, let them sprinkle on green glitter.

Green Forests
Cut different sized triangles out of various kinds and shades of green paper (green construction paper, green tissue paper, green crepe paper, green foil wrapping paper, etc) Then let the children glue the triangle trees on sheets of white construction paper to create forests.

Leprechaun Ladders
Cut white or clear plastic drinking straws into 1 1/2 inch sections. Cut 4 inch shamrock shapes out of green construction paper and punch holes in the centers (make sure that the holes are smaller than the ends of the straw sections). Give each child six shamrock shapes, five straw sections, and a 14-inch length of yarn with a straw section tied at one end and the other end taped to make a "needle". The let the children string their shamrock shapes on their pieces of yarn with a straw section between each shamrock. When they have finished, hang their "leprechaun ladders" from the ceiling or in a window.
NOTE: For a fun surprise, sprinkle a light dusting of flour on the shamrocks for the children to discover on St. Patrick's Day morning. Explain that the leprechauns left the “magic dust” as they climbed and danced on their ladders!

Green Rice Decorations
Let the children make green rice shamrocks for St. Patrick's Day or green rice trees for Christmas. Soak rice in a small amount of water mixed with green food coloring. When the desired shade of green has been reached, drain off the water and let the rice dry on paper towels or in pie tins overnight. Cut shamrock shapes or Christmas tree shapes out of green tag board. Then let the children brush diluted glue on their shapes and sprinkle green rice over the glue.

Handprint Alligators
Brush the palm of each child's hand with green tempera paint. Then have the child press his or her hand (with fingers together and thumb extended) on a sheet of black construction paper to make an open-jawed "alligator head". Let the child use brushes to paint the alligator's body, tail and legs with green paint and it's sharp teeth with white paint. The let the child dip the end of cork into pink paint and use it to print an eye near the top of the alligator's head.

Green Monsters
Set out sheets of white construction paper, green tempera paint and brushes. Let the children use the brushes to gently spatter green paint on one half of their papers. While the paint is still wet, have them fold their papers and rub across them with their hands. The let hem unfold their papers to discover the "green monsters" they have created.

Sprouting Shamrocks
Give each of the children a shamrock shape cut ot of terrycloth. Have them place their shamrocks in aluminum pie tins and add a little water. The let them sprinkle alfalfa seeds all over their shapes. Place the pie tins in a sunny spot and add water regularly. Then let the children observe over the next week as the seeds sprout and turn their shamrocks green.

Scented Herb Books
For each child make a four page book out of white construction paper. Set out small containers filled with dried green herbs such as parsley, sage, oregano, thyme and bay leaves. Discuss the color, texture and smell of the different herbs. Then let the children bursh glue on their book pages and sprinkle pinches of herbs on top of the glue.

Shamrock Sandwiches
Let the children help make open-faced sandwiches by spreading soft cream cheese on slices of whole wheat bread. Let each child in turn place an open shamrock shpaed cookie cutter on top of his or her sandwich and fill it with alfalfa sprouts. Then have the child remove the cookie cutter to reveal a green sprout shamrock on top of the cheese.

Pudding Surprise
Spoon ready made vanilla pudding into small cups and add one drop of blue food coloring and one drop of yellow to each cup. Let the children stir their pudding with spoons and observe what happens. Then let them eat and enjoy their green "pudding surprise" snacks.

Songs and Fingerplays

There is a color we all know
Can you guess what it is?
Green is what that spells.
The grass and leaves outside
are green as green as they can be.
Green is what that spells!

Green Song
(Tune:”Row Row Row Your Boat”)
I know how to spell green.
Caterpillars are green,
And grasshoppers are too.
I know how to spell green.

(Tune:”London Bridge Is Falling Down”)
G-R-E-E-N spells green
Like a frog
Or a tree.
G-R-E-E-N spells green
Just like brocolli.

Purple Theme

Purple-icious Song:
Write the following song on a chart, using a purple marker to highlight the word “purple” each time it appears. Sing the song with your children.
Purple Song
Sung to: “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean”.
Sometimes I eat purple eggplant.
Sometimes I eat purple grapes.
Sometime I eat purple jelly
From a purple plate.
Purple, purple,
Purple if fun to eat, eat, eat.
Purple, purple,
Purple is really a treat.
One thing always happens
And this is important to know
Whenever I eat something purple,
I “burp-le” right down to my toes.

Purple Magic:
Brush a bit of red paint on your children’s thumbs and a bit of blue paint on the forefingers. (Before you begin, instruct the children not to touch their thumbs and fingers together until you tell them to.). After all fingers and thumbs including yours are painted, read the following chant in a dramatic voice. Have your children rub together their finger and thumb. Discuss the results. At the end of the activity, provide baby wipes for cleaning purple hands.
Purple Magic
Rum-diddly, rum-diddly, rum diddly, rum.
Purple, come. Purple, come.
Rub your finger on your thumb.
Purple, come. Purple, come.

Motley Monsters:
Place a large circle of felt on a flannel board. Have ready a number of small, purple felt pieces in many shapes and short pieces of purple yarn. Use the shapes and yarn to create monster faces on the felt circle. Your might give your monster three eyes, four pieces of yarn hair, no nose and six scraggly teeth. Let your children take turns describing the monsters your create, using the word “purple” in their descriptions. Then invite the children to make monsters of their own.

Purple Puppets:
Before circle time, have your children make simple puppet’s from purple construction paper. Staple their purple paper creations to tongue depressors or craft sticks. Have the children bring their stick puppets to circle time. Use a purple maker to write the following song on a chart. Help the children “ read” the chart. Underline the first instance of the word “purple” and see how many others the children can find in the song. Then have the children move their puppets while they sing the song.
Purple Puppets
Sung to “If you’re happy and you know it”.
Purple puppets like to sing, they’ll do it now.
Purple puppets like to dance, and they know how.
Purple puppets spin around.
Purple puppets touch the ground.
Purple puppets know it’s time to take a bow

  • Draw on lavender paper with purple felt tip markers
  • Drink grape juice
  • Glue purple plum shapes on pictures of green trees
  • Spread crackers wit peanut butter and grape jelly
  • Pass around an eggplant to touch and examine
  • Read A Picture for Harold's Room; A Purple Crayon Adventure by Crockett Johnson
  • Print grapes with carrot rounds and purple paint
  • Make grape popsicles
  • Shred and taste purple cabbage
  • Experiment with watercolor paints and brushes to discover purple
  • Snack on purple grapes
  • Walk along a piece of rope holding a purple beanbag
  • Dye eggshell pieces purple and use them to create mosaics
  • Touch and smell irises, lilacs and violets
  • Sponge print lilac blossoms using lavender and purple paint
  • Dry purple grapes in slow oven to make raisins

Purple Yarn Pictures
Cut 6 inch squares of white tagboard and cut various shades of purple yarn into short pieces. Have the children brush glue on their tagboard squares. Then let them arrange the yarn pieces on top of the glue to make pictures or designs. When the glue has dried, mount the yarn pictures on 8inch squares cut from purple construction paper.

Shaving Cream Fingerpaint
Give each child a ziploc sandwich bag filled one third full with shaving cream. Let the children take turns squeezing drops of red and blue food coloring into their bags before sealing them closed. Then have the children squeeze their bags and watch as the shaving cream turns purple. Let them use their purple shaving cream to fingerpaint designs on sheets of white butcher paper.
Variation: let the children create flowering trees or lilac bushes by fingerpainting purple blossoms on pictures of bare branches.

Purple Rain
In a hallway or corner of the room, use sheets of plastic to cover the walls and floor. Attach pieces of butcher paper or newsprint to the plastic on the walls. Have the children dip large brushes into runny purple paint. The let them push their brushes against the paper and watch as the "purple rain" comes dripping down.

Purple Tulip Prints
Cut a number of tulip shapes out of purple tissue paper for each child. Have the children brush white vinegar on sheets of white construction paper. Then let them cover their papers with their tissue paper tulips. As the vinegar dries, the tissue paper will fall off, leaving purple tulip prints.

Soap and Water Fingerpaint
Put powdered red and blue tempera paint into separate spice jars (the kind with perforated lids). Give each child a piece of white butcher paper and place a small amount of liquid soap mixed with water in the center. Then let the children sprinkle red and blue paint on top of the soap mixture and use it to fingerpaint designs. As the colors mix, the fingerpaint will turn purple.

I Never Saw a Purple Cow
Recite the following popular rhyme with the children:
I never saw a Purple Cow
I never hope to see one.
But I can tell you, anyhow,
I'd rather see than be one!
Ask the children to pretend that they have indeed seen a purple cow and have them make up a group story about it. Write down the story and then let the children draw pictures to illustrate it. Display the story with the illustrations or stapel them together to make a Purple Cow Book.
Variation: Draw a large picture of a cow on butcher paper and let the children paint it purple. The display the picture on a wall or bulletin board with the rhyme written below it.

Five Purple Polka Dots
Let the children take turns acting out the movements as they recite the following rhyme:
Five purple polka dots lay on the floor,
One sat up and then there were four
Four purple polka dots got on their knees,
One tipped over and then there were three
Three purple polka dots stood on one shoe
One fell down and then there were two
Two purple polka dots started to run
One stopped quickly and then there was one
One purple polka dot roled toward the door
When it disappeared there were no more.

Purple Cows
Pour 1 quart milk and 1 6ounce can unsweetened frozen grape juice concentrate into a plastic container that has a tight fitting lid. Then let the children take turns shaking the container until the milk and grape juice are well mixed. Pour into clear plastic glasses and serve. Make 9 to 10 servings.

Purple Fluff
Pour 1/4 cup water into a bowl and sprinkle on 2 envelopes of unflavored gelatin. Stir and let set for 5 minutes. Add 3/4 cup boiling water and stir until gelatin is dissolved. Pour mixture into a blender container and add 1 6ounce can unsweetened frozen grape juice concentrate. Blend wll and pour into small cups. Chill for about 15 minutes. Makes 4 small servings.

Songs and Fingerplays

Purple Song
(Tune:”Camptown Races”)
Purple, purple

Purple's what that spells.
Purple grapes on the vine,
Purple Kool-Aid's fine.
Purple's what that spells.

Purple Song
This one can be done in rounds. The children love it!)
(Tune: “Row, Row Row Your Boat”)
P-U-R-P-L-E is as purple as can be.
Purple grapes and violets
A sight for you and me!

( Turkey in the straw)
Can you guess what that spells?
Do you know what that spells?
Yes purples what that spells.
Like the grapes on the vine.
Yes purple's what it spells
Like the Kool-aid in your glass.
Yes purple that does spell.
That is all I have to tell!

Purple (This Old Man)
Spells the color purple you see
Like the grapes on a vine or some plums in a tree


Home Sweet Orange Home
Cut a house shape out of orange felt. Also cut out an assortment of household items (table, lamp, bed, etc) from various colors of felt, making sure that there is at least one orange itme for each child in your group. Place the house shape on a flannel board and spread out the other pieces nearby. Tell your children that this is the new house of Mr. and Mrs. Orange and their two orange children. If you wish put orange people cutouts on the board as well. The Oranges are moving into their new home and the children are invited to a housewarming party. What should they bring? Let each child select an orange item to take to the Orange's new home.

Pictures of Orange
At art time, have the children look through old magazines and cut out or tear out pictures of items that are orange. Compile the pages to make a group book title "Orange". Read the book at circle time, and encourage each child to share his or her page with the group.

Noisy Orange
Gather several everyday items that are orange and a few that are not. These might include a yam, a tangerine, scissors, a paintbrush, a spoon. Put the itmes in an orange gym bag and show them to the children. If the item is orange, have the children play their instruments. If not, have them remain silent.

Moving Oranges
Have your children pass an orange around the circle while you play a musical recording. When the music stops, have the child who is holding the orange name sometning that is orange. Repeat until everyone has had a turn. It's fine if children repeat an answer already given.

Fingerpaint with red and yellow paint to "discover" orange.

Orange Prints
Cut some oranges in half for printing. Press onto a sponge that has been soaked in paint and press onto paper cut into an orange shape.

Pass the Orange
Tuck an orange under your chin and pass it along to the next person on your team (who must take it with his chin) without using your hands. If you drop the orange, start your turn again. See which team finishes first.


Snack on carrot sticks
Visit a supermarket near Halloween to see the pumpkins on display.
Squeeze fresh oranges to make orange juice
Print with jar lids dipped in different shades of orange paint
Purchase an orange marigold plant to care for in the room
Make macaroni and cheese
Paint paper plates orange and glue on pupmpkin seeds
Taste orange marmalade.
Fingerpaint with red and yellow paint.
Spread orange cheese on round crackers and decorate them with raisin faces
Bring in a goldfish for the science table
Peel tangerines and divide the sections to share evenly with the group
Use orange balloons for water play.
Carve a pumpkin into a jack-o-lantern and place a small flashlight inside.
Snack on dried apricots

Songs and Fingerplays

Orange Song
(Tune:”Ten Little Indians”)
Orange is what that spells.
Jack-o-lanterns are always orange.
Carrots are always orange.

Oranges are always orange.

( Ten Little Indians)
Orange like the fruit you like to eat.
Orange like Jack-O-lanterns bright

(Tune:”The Wheels on the Bus”)
The pumpkins in my garden are orange, orange, orange,
The oranges on my tree are orange, orange, orange,

Orange Prints...
Cut some oranges in half for printing. Press onto a sponge that has been soaked in paint and press onto paper cut into an orange shape.

Brown Theme

Brown Day

  • Print with leaf shaped cookie cutters and different shades of brown paint
  • Glue scraps of wood together to make scuplptures
  • Fingerpaint with chocolate pudding
  • Go outside to dig for earthworms
  • Snack on brown wheat crackers or whole wheat toast
  • Read stories about brown bears
  • Mix different colors of paint together to discover brown
  • Eat pancakes topped with maple syrup
  • Create playdough that has been sprinkled with cinnamon
  • Fingerpaint brown designs on trays and blot with teddy bear shapes
  • Make gingerbread
  • Create a potato man puppet and make up stories about this adventure
  • Glue brown feathers on brown bird shapes
  • Paint wiggly worms with strings dipped in brown paint
  • Fingerpaint with shaving cream on brown butcher papter or brown paper bags.
  • Use brown cardboard cartons for stacking and building
  • Print with potato halves and brown paint.

Gingerbread People
Give each child a large gingerbread person shape cut from brown construction paper. Let them use Qtips and glue to attach raisins for eayes and samll peices of red pepe cleaners for mouths. Then let them decorate the bodies of theri shapes by gluing on rickrack, buttons, fabric circles, bows, etc.

Brown Tree Prints
Paint each child's palm and arm (up to the elbow) with brown tempera paint. Then have the chilcren press their arms and hands (with fingers apart) on sheets of white construction paper to make bare tree prints. When the paint has dried, let the children glue on crumpled squares of brown tissue paper to make leaves.

Brown Autumn Leaves
Take a walk with the children to gather dry brown autumn leaves. When you get back. let the children brush glue on large brown construciton paper leaf shapes. Then let them crumble the dry leaves and sprinkle the pieces on top of the glue.

Brown Furry Bears
Cut free form shapes out of brown fake fur for the children to use as a bear bodies. Have the children glue thier shapes on sheets of white construciton paper. The let htme use brown felt tip markers to add heads, legs and any other details they wish. If thesired provide the children with wiggle eyes to glue on thier bear faces.

Brown Leaf Rubbings
Place foil cupcake liners in a muffin tin and fill them with peeled pieces of old brown crayons. The melt the crayon pieces in a slow oven to make large chunky crayons. When the crayons have cooled, peel off the cupcake liners. AT art time, have the children arrange leaves on a tabletop and cover them with sheets of thin white paper. Then let them rub the chunky brown crayons over their papers to make leaf rubbings.

Learning Games
Flannelboard Fun
Cut a variety of sizes of teddy bear shapes out of brown felt. The let the children arrange the shpaes on the flannelboard from smallest to largest.
Use the teddy bear shapes for counting. Sing "Ten Little Teddy Bears" to the tune of "Ten Little Indians" and let the children take turns placing one shape at a time on the board.

Brown Lotto
Make a gameboard by dividing a sheet of white tagboard into six or more squares. Glue a different brown construction paper shape in each square (a teddy bear, a gingerbread man, a shoe, a cookie, a horse, a worm, etc) Make game cards by gling matching shapes on six or more small tagboard squares. Then let the children take turns placing the cards on top of the matching squares on the gameboard.

Brown Mystery Bags
Give each child a brown paper lunch bag to take home. Attach a note asking parents to help teh child palce something brown in teh bag to bring back the next day for a language experience. At circle time, let each child describe the brown object inside his or her bag without naming it. Have the child continue giving descriptive clues until the others guess what it is.

The Gingerbread man
Read or tell the story of the Gingerbread Man. Then let the children help make gingerbread man cookies and put them in the oven to bake
. Arrange to have another adult take the cookies out of the oven, when they are don and hide them in predertermined locations. When the children return to the kitchen and see that the cookies have disappeared, let them discover this not on the oven door; "Run, run as fast as you can. You cna't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Man!" With the children, check in varous rooms or areas to find clues that you have written on brown gingerbread man shapes. The follow the clues until the cookies have been found and let the children enjoy them as snacks.

Sorting Nuts
Provide the children with a variety of unshelled nuits (pecans, brazil nuts, peanuts, almonds, walnuts etc) Discuss the brown shades of the nutshells and have the children sort the nuts into groups, ranging from lightest to darkest brown. If desired, crack open a few of the nuts for tasting.
HINT: you can turn this into a math activity by graphing the different types of nuts and who likes which kind the best etc.

Fun with Mud
Let the children enjoy an outdoor "messy experience" with a tub of brown mud. Have them observe as you gradually add water to dirt and let them squeeze the squishy mixture through their fingers. Let them try fingerpainting with the mud. Then let them experiment with adding more dirt until the mud can be molded into shpaes. while the children are creating, let them sign the following silly song:

(Tune:"If you're Happy and You Know It":
Oh, I wish I were a little hunk of mud,
Oh, I wish I were a little hunk of mud.
Then I'd ooey and I'd gooey
Over everybody's shoey.
Oh, I wish I were a little hunk of mud.

Nuts and Bolts
Place 4 cups bite-sized shredded wheat in a baking pan in one layer. Drizzle on 1/3 cup melted margarine and sprinkle with a little garlic paowder. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes. Whe cool, add 1 1/2 cups stick pretzels (broken in half), 1/2 cup raisins and 1/2 cup peanuts. Mix well and store in airtight container.

Brown Bear Sandwiches
Let the children use a cookie cutter to cut heart shapes out of slices of whole wheat bread. Show them how to cut the points off their hearts to make the shapes resemble bear faces. Have the children spread peanut butter on their bear face shapes. Then let them use raisins to make eyes and mouths and cherries or unsweetened berries to make noses.

Brown Theme
Brown Song
There is a color we all know
Can you guess what it is?
That's how you spell brown
Teddy bears and squirrels are brown.
Autumn leaves are too.
Chocolate candy's always brown.
Chocolate cake is always brown.
Chocolate milk is always brown.
I like brown, don't you?

(Tune:”The Farmer in the Dell”)
That's how you spell brown.

The gingerbread man is brown.
The gingerbread man is brown.
The gingerbread man is brown.

And chocolate chips are brown.
Yes chocolate chips are brown.
That's how you spell brown.

( Tune: The Farmer and the Dell)
That's how you spell brown
Big Trees are brown
Big trees are brown
Big trees are brown
And Acorns are brown
Yes acorns are brown
That's how you spell brown!

Black Theme

Blacklight Painting

Have the kids paint each other with Water Soluble Fluorescent paint. (Paint on mustaches, and beauty marks, scars, etc.) Use many different colors. When it is dry and you are ready, turn the lights off, and have a blacklight so you can see them glow! They will have a blast!


(Sleeping Bag game)
Have each child bring a sleeping bag. Choose the first person to be it. The person puts their hands over their eyes and counts to 10 slowly, while facing a corner. While this is happening, all the children are scrambling to get into another's sleeping bag. They must get inside, and cover their heads up. The person is allowed to tickle them to guess which child is now in which bag. (The kids must all be honest if they are guessed, however, they can disguise their laughs and giggles) If the person guesses who is in the bag, that person becomes it, and the kids shuffle in and out of bags all over again while the new person counts to 10. They have so much fun doing this!

Black Day

  • Draw pictures with charcoal
  • count how many in the group have black hair Snack on raisins
  • Bring in a black spider and learn the nrsery rhyme "Little Miss Muffet"
  • Make prints iwth a black ink pad and a variety of rubber stamps
  • Use balck licorice sticks for staws at snack time
  • Act out the fingerplay"Eeensy Weensy Spider"
  • Discuss what happens to your tongue when you eat a black jelly bean
  • Sort black buttons or pebbles by size
  • Print wheels on pictures of cars with spools and black paint
  • Make "burnt match" snacks by placing black pitted olives on the ends of carrot sticks
  • Lean the nursery rhyme "Sing a Song of Sixpence"
  • Make copies of pencil drawings using black carbon paper
  • Paint toilet tissue tubes black and tape them together to make binoculars
  • Make texture collages by gluing scraps of black sandpaper, black velvet, black plastic, etc, on black paper plates

Spider Webs
Cut squares out of white cardboard and make slits around the edges. Tape a piece of black yarn ot the back of each square and pull it through one of the slits. The have the children cross the yarn back and forth over the fronts of their cardboard squares, attaching it through the slits (slits can be used more than once). Let them continue until their yarn creations resemble spider webs. The trim the ends of the yarn and tape them to the back of the squares.

Fuzzy Black Cats
Mix cornmeal with powdered black tempera paint and pour it into shaker containers. Cut cat shapes out of black construction paper. Have the children brush glue on their shapes and place them in shallow box lids. Then let them sprinkle the black cornmeal on top of the glue and shake off the excess.

Clothespin Bats
Have the children paint spring-type clothespins black to use as bat bodies. When the paint has dried, give each of the children a bat wings shape cut from black construction paper and have them glue their shapes on their clothespins. Then clip the bats around the room on curtains, picture frames, book covers etc..

Black Triangle Collages
Use white chalk to draw large triangle shapes on sheets of black construction paper. Have the children cut out the shapes. Then let them decorate their triangles by gluing on a variety of black items (black magazine pictures, black fabric pieces, black yarn, black glitter, black buttons, black sequins, etc.)
HINT: If you're doing this activity near Halloween, cut the black construction paper into large cat, bat or witch hat shapes.

Black Handprints
Paint the palms of the children's hands black. Then have them press their hands on sheets of tagboard to make handprints. Label the prints "left" and "right" and add the children's names and the date. Then let the children take their handprints home as gifts.

Paper Plate Spiders
Have the children paint paper plates black to create spider bodies. When the paint has dried, have them each glue four black construction paper strips on one side of their plates and fours trips on the other side to make legs. Then let them use white chalk to draw eyes near the top of their spider bodies.

Stuff the Pillow
Have the children sit in a circle and give them each a pile of newspaper squres. Place a black plastic trash bag in the middle of the circle. Have the children crumple the newspaper squares and stuff them into the trash bag. When the bag is full, let the children take turns jumping on their big black "pillow".

Little Shadow
Let the children act out the movements as you recite the poem:
There is a little shadow
That dances on my wall.
Sometimes it's big and scary
Sometimes it's very small

Sometimes it's oh, so quiet
And doesn't move at all
Then other times it chases me
Or bounces like a ball.

I'd love to meet that shadow
Who dances in the night
But it always runs away
When I turn on the light.

Prune Spiders
Give each of the children a large soft prune to use as a spider body. Then let them poke pretzel sticks or crispy chinese noodles into the sides of their prunes to make legs.

Ants on a Log
Let the children help make "logs" by filling celery sticks with peanut butter. Then give them each three or four raisin "ants" to place on top of the logs.

Songs and Fingerplays
Black Song
(Tune:"She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain")
B-l-a-c-k spells black.
B-l-a-c-k spells black.
Scary cats are black.
Flying bats are black.
Santa's boots are black.
I like black.
B-l-a-c-k spells black.
B-l-a-c-k spells black.
Sunday shoes are black.
Jelly beans are black.
B-l-a-c-k spells black.

(Tune:”Mary Had a Little Lamb”)
B-L-A-C-K spells black
Black like a cat,
Black like a hat.
Black like a big black bat.

Black ...
( Put your little foot)
Spells Black
Spells Black
Hat are black
Some cats are black
Yes both of these are black
So if you really really like black
What you need to know is that
Spells Black
Spells Black!

Pink Theme

Pink ...
( Are you sleeping?)
That spells pink.
That spells pink.
Bubble gum is pink
Pigs and piggies pink
Pink, Pink, Pink
Pink, Pink, Pink

Pink Song
(Tune:”Jingle Bells”)
Cotton candy, fat pink pigs,
Girls with socks and bows,
P-i-n-k, p-i-n-k,
That is how it goes!
Bubble gum, valentines,
These are all pink too.
Pink icing and pink balloons,
We can spell can you? Yes!

Splashes of White Activities:
Colorful ideas to help your students experience the color white!

  1. Prepare a poster similar to a theatre/movie advertisement that gives information about white in a visual way.
  2. Use a web to profile the life of a famous "white" personality: Betty White, Stanford White, E.B. White, Peregrine White, Whitey Herzog, Bill White, Patrick White, or Margaret Bourke-White.
  3. Create a model of something that is always white.
  4. Make a travel brochure for the White House.
  5. Create a photographic essay titled "White."
  6. Eat white snacks: mozzarella cheese, milk, popcorn, vanilla ice cream, etc.
  7. Develop a menu of only white foods.
  8. Create a crossword puzzle using words related to white.
  9. Write new lyrics to an old tune or a new rap about white.
  10. Locate on a map all the locations with white in the name. Connect each location with pins and string. Plan a trip to 3 of the places. Be detailed about distance, expenses, sights to see, time to spend, etc.
  11. Design a 20 Questions game with white answers.
  12. Develop a "Jeopardy" category titled white.
  13. Create a mobile about white.
  14. Choose a favorite poetry form (cinquain, acrostic, limerick, etc.) and write a poem about white.
  15. Do a research report on opals or pearls. Invite a jeweler to class to talk about white gems. Design a jewelry collection using white gems.
  16. What if there was no white? How would this affect our lives?
  17. Where is the strangest place to find white? Why?
  18. List as many different names as you can think of for white. Look up more in a thesaurus.
  19. Design a slogan for a company that is trying to sell white galoshes.
  20. Invent a white jump rope rhyme.
  21. Compile a list of 5 fun things that are in some way associated with white.
  22. Write a "Who Am I?" riddle for a white object.
  23. List 5 fears that might be associated with white. Give them all names.
  24. Write to the Chamber of Commerce in Whitehorse, Yukon, or White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, to learn the history of the town's name.
  25. Make a word image picture with a white theme.
  26. Make a list of songs and/or poems that have something to do with white. (Examples: Nights in White Satin, Whiter Shade of Pale, Ebony and Ivory.)

Songs and Fingerplays

White Song
(Tune:"Little Brown Jug")
That spells white,
Sing with me,
Milk is white,
And so is glue.
Ghosts are white
And they say BOO!
That spells white,
Sing with me.
The clouds above,
The snow below,
Santa's beard, Ho-Ho-Ho.

White Song
(Tune:”Happy Birthday”)
W-H-I-T-E, W-H-I-T-E
Snowballs and popcorn
Are as white as can be.


Really Red Fruit Salad
Stir up some colorful enthusiasm in your room by having youngsters create
really red fruit salads. In advance, cut up pieces of red apples, cherries,
watermelon, strawberries, and red grapes; then place each of the fruits in a
different bowl. Place the bowls on a table. Provide each child with a red
plastic spoon and a red cup. Encourage him to spoon the fruits of his choice
from the bowls into his cup. Yum!

Moving Right Along
Select musical recordings carefully for this activity, and your youngsters
will be color dancing in no time. Before starting the music, tape red crepe
paper streamers around each child's wrists. As you start the music,
encourage your children to dance and move freely to the rhythm so that their
streamers move expressively.

Centers With a Flair
Try these quick and easy suggestions to help your youngsters recognize the
color red.

Supply your math center with red poker chips, buttons, blocks, and other
manipulatives. Have your little ones sort and classify the items by shape,
size, and texture.

Put a variety of red clothing in the dramatic-play area, along with pictures
or actual samples of red food items.

Stock your art center with old magazines, scissors, red crayons, glue, and
white construction paper. To use this center, have your students look
through the magazines and cut out pictures of things that are red; then have
them glue the pictures to the construction paper. A child may also choose to
draw objects that are red. Now that's a red picture!

“Lip Smacking Red”
Place a few edible red items (an apple, a radish, and a can of red kidney beans) in a red lunch box or other container. Open the lunch box and remove the items one by one. Have your children identify each food and talk about its color. Then ask them to brainstorm a list of other red foods they like to eat. Using a red marker, print the names of the foods on a chart and draw a simple picture of each food. Label the chart “Red Foods” and read it as a group.
Extension: Help the children prepare one of the red foods as a snack.

Red Book:
Ask each of your children in turn to name an item he or she likes that is red. As a group, repeat the child’s word in a sentence: "Josie likes red cherries." Continue until each child has a turn.
Variation: Recite the children's responses cumulatively: "Josie likes red cherries, Adam likes red apples, and Brian likes red cars."
Extension: During art time have your children draw a picture of something they like that is red. Gather these pictures and staple them to gather with a red construction paper cover to make a group book entitled “We Like Red”. The next day,at circle time, show the book to the group and have each child “read” his or her page.

Red or Not:
Have a few volunteers each find two things in the classroom that are red and bring them to the circle. Now have volunteers find things that are not red. Place two Hula Hoops side by side on the floor at the center of the circle. Use a red marker to label one “Red”. Use a black marker to label the other one “Not Red”. As a group, sort the collected items into the Hula Hoops according to color.

A-Tisket, A-Tasket:
Ahead of time, gather a large box of assorted classroom items (books, toys, art supplies). Include some items that are red, and others that are not. At circle time, set out a red laundry basket. Invite volunteers to search through the box to find items that are red and place them in the basket.

Songs and Fingerplays

Red is a stop sign,
Red is a rose.
Red is an apple
And a funny clown's nose.

Four Red Cherries...
(This Old Man)
Four red cherries on the tree,
Two for you and two for me.
So-o shake that tree and watch them fall.
One, two, three, four -that is all.

Red Song
(Tune:”Are you sleeping?”)
R-E-D red
R-E-D red
I can spell red
I can spell red
Fire trucks are red
Stop signs are red too
R-E-D, R-E-D

Red Song
(Tune:"Farmer in the Dell")
R-E-D spells red
R-E-D spells red
Apples, tomatoes,cherries, too
R-E-D spells red.

(Tune: Three Blind Mice)
Red is the word
Red is the word
Apples and strawberries both are red
Tomatoes and cherries both are red
R-E-D spells
Red, red, red

( Three Blind Mice)
Red is the word.
Red is the word.
Apples & Strawberries both are red.
Tomatoes & Cherries are also red.

(Three Blind Mice)
Red, red, red.
Red, red, red.
What is red?
What is red?
Apples, cherries, and-me, oh my-
Tomatoes to bake in a pizza pie.
Red is the color, and that is why
We sing of red.

Orange and Red
(Tune:”Wheels on the Bus”)
The leaves on the tree turn orange and red,
orange and red, orange and red,
The leaves on the trees turn orange and red,
all thru the town.

The leaves of the trees come tumbling down....

The leaves on the ground go swish swish swish...

Rainbow Songs

Oh, Rainbow...
(Oh, Christmas Tree)
Oh,rainbow, oh, rainbow,
How lovely are your colors.
Oh,rainbow, oh, rainbow
How lovely are your colors.
Purple, red and orange, too,
Yellow, green and blue so true.
Oh,rainbow, oh, rainbow,
How lovely are your colors.

The Rainbow Song...
(Jesus Loves Me)
Red, orange, green, and blue
Shiny yellow, purple, too.
All the colors that you know
Show up in the rainbow.

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