But first, I have a question for all you with little ones out there..... would it be more effective to have the color days the same week as a holiday (red-Valentines/4th of July, orange- Halloween, yellow- Thanksgiving, green- St Patricks Day or Christmas, blue- Earth day/ 4th of July, purple- Easter, pink- Valentines, etc) or to teach them all together during a rainbow unit?
Wear Red! My husband and I are both planning on participating in these color days by wearing the colors!
Work on color book- gluing pictures of red things into pages of a blank book. I just printed 10 pictures of red things such as a red strawberry, red car, red rose, Elmo, etc. I am going to have my little one help me glue/place these items on 2 pages of a 20 page book. I had my daughter color in her book with different red crayons before we glued down the collage.
Red Squares- I will introduce red, yellow, and blue color squares to my little one today (paint cards from Home Depot). Every day that we are working on colors I will take out these cards, label them with her verbally, and have her try and point out the yellow, red, or blue ones. By the end of this week I am hoping for mastery on these three colors... but we will see!! She is really not interested in playing with the squares so I need to think of more large motor ways to tie in her learning (she is a little athlete!)
We will experience RED again when she is feeling more herself!
Here are some ideas I would like to try with her in the future:
- little red hen nursery rhyme and activities
- red fruit treats such as dried apples, raspberry fruit roll-ups, strawberries, etc. and a little red candy such as licorice (my favorite!)
- sunset paintings with red, yellow, and orange paints with black silhouettes out of construction paper.
- discuss fire safety - create an emergency exit plan for your home, visit a fire station, stop drop and roll, etc.
- there is a million things you could do with red apples- eat them, cut in half and stamp, talk about Johnny Appleseed, make applesauce, pick apples, count apples, drink apple juice, etc.
- host a red carpet family/friends event- roll out a red hallway rug or red towels, blankets- be creative! Everyone comes all dressed up, take pics on the red carpet, have a talent show, and don't forget about passing out awards
- anything Elmo! unless you are like me and have seen one too many videos of Elmo's World!
- red play dough, red bath paints, red scavenger hunt, read books about the color red