Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Colors: Yellow Preschool Lesson Plans


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Find Something Yellow
Have the children find something in the room that is yellow and have each child bring it to circle time. Have each child tell the class what they have found.

Yellow Chat
Have the children name as many things they can that are yellow. Write down their list.

Sun Art
Have children paint a paper plate yellow. When dry, the children can add facial features with a marker. You may even glue yellow strips of paper around the edges for rays.

Paper Plate Big Bird Mask
Have the children paint a paper plate yellow. When dry have the children add feathers and a nose. Cut out holes for the eyes and add a Popsicle stick to the back of the plate near the bottom with glue.

Sponge Print
You can find already shaped sponges at most art and craft stores or you can make your own. Have your child dip the sponges into yellow paint and press on a piece of paper.

Feather Headbands
Measure your child's head, and cut a piece of construction paper long enough to create a headband. Glue the paper together so the headband fits snugly on your child's head but is loose enough to take off easily. Glue the yellow feathers to the headband. 

Yellow Necklaces 
Have the children cut out shapes from yellow construction paper. Then, have them use a hole punch to make a hole, so they can thread them onto a piece of yarn. Add yellow colored noodles to the necklace.

Yellow Rubbings
Cut shapes from paper doilies or sandpaper. Tape these shapes to the table. Have the children place a piece of thin white paper over the shapes and rub a yellow crayon over the shape. 

Cookie Cutter Painting
Put a small amount of yellow tempera paint in a large shallow container. (A pie tin works well) Show your child how to dip the cookie cutter in the paint and press onto a piece of paper to create a print. 

Kool Aid Art
Sprinkle a little dry yellow kool aid mix onto a piece of paper. Have your child spray water from a spray bottle onto the paper. For added adventure, you may choose to take your children out into the rain with a piece of paper that has kool-aid on it. 

Feather Painting 
Provide each child with a feather, yellow paint and paper. Ask the children paint a picture using the feather as a paint brush. 

Balloon Prints
In a pie tin, place three to five teaspoon sized portions of different shades of yellow tempera paint evenly spaced about the area. Inflate a small balloon to a size which will easily fit in the palm of your child's hand. Show your child how to "dip" the balloon in the paint and press firmly onto a piece of paper. Let your child mix the colors, or use one color at a time. This is messy, but the results are wonderful.

Picture Matching 
Find stickers of yellow items. Place 2 identical stickers on the left and right sides of an index card. Cut the index in half, cut in a jig-jag form. Use a highlighter to highlight the edges. Do this with many different stickers. Have the child match the stickers, and line up the two halves of the index card.

Yellow Memory
Find stickers of yellow items. Place 2 identical stickers on the left and right sides of an index card. Cut the index in half, cut the index card in half. You can use these cards to play memory.

Yellow Sort 
Draw different kinds of yellow items and have the children sort the cards. Or you can cut out pictures and glue each onto a separate piece of paper. Have the children sort the items. 

Do You Like Bananas?
Ask the children if they like bananas. Graph the results.

Taste Test
Have the children try yellow kool aid (lemonade). Ask them if they like it. Record the results.

Lacing Cards
Cut yellow poster board into shapes and punch holes around the edges. Then let your child lace yarn or a shoestring into the cards. 

Yellow Play Doh
Have the children make a variety of items with yellow play doh.

Fingerprint Bugs 
(A Big Hit with my Toddlers) Supply each child with a piece of white paper and a yellow non-toxic stamp pad. Show the child how to make fingerprints on the paper, using only one finger at a time. When finished, add legs and antennae with a black pen, or for older children, have them add the legs and antennae. 

Yellow Jar
For older children. Fill a small jar with similar yellow items. Ask each child to guess how many yellow items are in the jar. For younger children, limit the number of yellow items to less than ten. Record each child's guess. Count the yellow items.

Yellow Jar 2
Provide three identical jars with pre-counted yellow items of 20, 30, and 40. Label these jars 20, 30 and 40. Place 20 to 40 yellow items in a fourth identical jar. Allow the children to examine all four jars before they guess. Record the children's approximations. Count the yellow items. 

Serve Bananas
Serve Yellow Fruit Snacks
Serve Yellow Foods
Make homemade lemonade with lemons, sugar, water and ice
Serve Yellow Milk
Have the children try lemons
Add a few drops of yellow food coloring to your milk.

Yellow Collages 
Have the children cut out pictures of yellow items from magazines, and glue them onto a piece of paper for a collage. 

Yellow Collage 
Allow your child to use scraps of yellow items to create a collage. They can use yellow ribbons, lace, yarn, paper, gift wrap, cellophane, tissue paper and whatever other materials you may have. 

Yellow Place mat
Have the children cut out pictures of yellow items from magazines. Have the children glue the pictures onto a piece of paper. Laminate the paper and use for a place mat.

Sticker Art
For a very simple art project, supply the children with a piece of paper and yellow stickers. For younger children this provides an excellent fine motor activity.

Yarn Art
Set out a piece of yarn and a shallow container of yellow paint . Have the child dip the yarn in one color of paint, and run it across the paper. Use a new piece of string for a different shade of yellow.

Yarn Ball Toss 
Place a masking tape line on the floor. Set a laundry basket on the floor. Have your child stand on the line, then throw a ball of yellow yarn into the basket. Try different distances. 

Yellow Tracks
In a pie tin, place 3 to 5 teaspoon sized portions of different shades of yellow tempera paint evenly spaced about the area. Supply the children with washable toy cars that have wheels that roll. Have the children dip the wheels in the paint and roll across the paper. 

Fingerprint Yellow Balloons
Put a small amount of tempera paint in a small shallow container. (The metal lid of a juice bottle works well) Show your child how to dip his/her finger in the paint and make a fingerprint on a piece of paper. (Alternative: Use a non-toxic ink pad) have your child make several fingerprints in several different shades of yellow. After the paint dries, have your child draw strings on the fingerprints as if they were balloons. (Alternative: glue on string or yarn.)

Balloon Paper
Cut out a balloon shape from a big piece of paper. Have your child decorate the balloon with a variety of yellow items. When the art is dry... attach a piece of yarn for the string. 

Bean Bag Toss
Supply the children with yellow bean bags and a laundry basket. Place a piece of masking tape on the floor for a throw line. The distance from the basket to the line should vary with abilities. Have the children throw the bean bags into the basket. 

Yellow Bowling
Obtain 10 half gallon milk cartons, or 2 liter bottles. Fill the bottles about 1/8 full with water and seal the lid. Then, decorate the bottles with yellow items. Set the bottles up like they were bowling pins and have the children roll a ball to try to knock them over. If they don't knock over easily, remove some of the water.

Bubble Art
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Supply the children with a bowl with bubble mix in it and a straw with a hole near the top to prevent children from sucking the soap up. Have the children blow into the straw while it is in the bowl creating bubbles. Then, have the child place a drop of food coloring on the top of the bubbles and quickly press a piece of paper on the top of the bubbles to create bubble prints. 

Torn Paper Art
Draw any shape on a piece of paper, or let the children make their own shapes. Provide the children with yellow paper to tear and glue onto another piece of paper. 

Lego Prints
In a pie tin, place 3 to 5 teaspoon sized portions of different shades of yellow paint evenly spaced about the area. Supply the children with a variety of Duplo blocks to dip in the paint and press onto the paper to make prints.

The oh so popular MESS FREE Marble Painting
First you need a large plastic container with a lid. (I used a shallow peanut butter container.) Next cut out paper that will fit in the lid of the container. Place a few drops of paint into the container with a few marbles (be sure to observe carefully as marbles are a choking hazard) then place a very small amount of paint on the lid and pre-cut paper on the paint. (I use the paint to make the paper stick to the lid.) Place the lid on the container, flip and have the children shake. When finished, remove paper and allow to dry, and place a clean piece of paper in the lid for the next child. 

Fruit Loops Art
Have the children use the yellow Fruit Loops to create a picture.

Fruit Loops Sort
Have the children sort the Fruit Loops by color.

Shaving Cream Art 
Add a few drops of yellow paint to shaving cream. Have the children use this to paint with. Not mixing the paint in will give it a special look.

Yellow Water
Add a few drops of yellow paint to your water table. This will make your water pink. 

Eye Dropper Art
You will need: watered down non-toxic yellow paint, paper, pipettes and straws. Supply each child with a straw and a piece of paper. Allow the children to use the pipette (or medicine dropper NOT GLASS) to place a small amount of paint onto a piece of paper. Then, have them use the straw to blow the paint around their picture. 

Noodle Necklaces
Supply the children with pasta noodles that have been dyed yellow and yarn. Have the children thread the noodles onto the yarn to make a necklace. 

Noodle Art
Supply the children with pasta noodles that have been dyed yellow. Have the children glue the noodles onto a piece of paper. 

Rainbow in a jar
Take a large glass jar, fill it 3/4 with water. Drop a single drop of yellow food coloring into the jar from about a foot above the jar, so the coloring makes it's way almost to the bottom. Try different colors. 

Looking at the world through yellow colored glasses:
Obtain yellow cellophane wrap and many toilet paper rolls. Apply a square of the cellophane wrap to the end of the toilet paper roll and secure with a rubber band or masking tape. Each child should have one. Have the children look through the tube to see what everything looks like. You could also have five of these set up in your science area for the children to use, or bind two of the same color for binoculars. 

Goop
Mix 2 cups water with a little yellow food coloring, add 6 cups of cornflour/cornstarch to make goop. 

Mixing Colored Water
Materials: water, yellow food coloring, plastic eyedroppers or pipettes, white plastic egg cartons
Fill three of the spaced in your egg carton with water. Add a couple of drops of yellow to one, many drops of yellow to another, and none in the last. Show the children how to use the eyedropper or the pipette to move the water from one spot to another. Let them experiment with mixing the colors. 

Sand and Water Table Ideas
add a few drops of yellow food coloring to the water 
add soap and a few drops of yellow food coloring to the water 
add yellow ice cubes to the water 
use yellow rice (add food coloring to the rice, mix and let dry) 
use yellow pasta (add food coloring to the pasta, mix and let dry) 
add yellow plastic blocks to the sand or water 

Color Hop
Cut circles or squares from yellow paper. Use contact paper to attach these to the floor. Place them in a manner where the children can hop from one shape to the next easily. 

Yellow, Yellow, Green!!!
Played like "Duck, Duck, Goose" except the children will say "Yellow, Yellow, Green". 

Mr. Yellow Says:
Played just like "Simon Say" except the teacher says "Mr. Yellow Says". With younger children, do not make children sit out... just say "Mr. Yellow didn't say". 

Color Song:
Suzie is wearing yellow today 
Yellow today, yellow today, 
Suzie is wearing yellow today 
All day long 
(Substitute Suzie with a name of the child in your class, and yellow for the color that child is wearing) Repeat the song twice and let the child dance during the song. Have the other children sing and clap along.

Color Jump Song
If you're wearing yellow then 
Jump up and Down, 
Jump up and Down, 
Jump up and Down, 
If you're wearing yellow then 
Jump up and Down, 
Now sit back down. 

Paper Plate Fish
Draw a triangle mouth shape on a paper plate. Have your child cut out the triangle, and have them glue it on the fish as a tail. Let your child color, paint, or use glitter, or tissue paper to decorate their fish.

Torn Paper Sunshines
Have the children tear pieces of yellow construction paper, and glue them on a paper plate for a sun!.

Sunshine Necklaces 
Supply the children with many yellow circles. Then, have them use a hole punch to make a hole, so they can thread them onto a piece of yarn.

Sunshine Rubbings 
Cut circle shapes from paper doilys or sandpaper. Tape these sunshines to the table. Have the children place a piece of thin white paper over the circles and rub a yellow crayon over the circle (sunshine).

Jump into the Sunshine
Set a hula hoop on the floor. Play some music and have your child walk around the hula hoop. When the music stops, have them jump into the hoop (the sunshine).

Jump Over the Sun
Cut out circle from yellow paper or newspaper (you can have the children paint it yellow). They need to be small enough for the children to be able to hop over. Then set them on the floor and ask the children to take turns hopping over the sun.

Sun Fishing
Cut out several sun shapes from light yellow construction paper. Write several numbers or letters on them. Have them laminated. Then place a paper clip on each sun. Make a fishing pole out of a dowel or pencil, string and a magnet. Place the suns on the floor and have the children sit in chairs around the suns. (This may work better with a few fishing poles.) Have the children try to catch a sun with the fishing pole. Then, when they catch one.. show it to them and ask what letter or number it is. Variation: For younger children you could make the suns different colors and ask what color is the sun Variation: Ask the child if they can catch the "a" or the "1"

If All the Raindrops 
If all the raindrops were lemon drops and gumdrops
Oh, what a rain that would be!
Standing outside, with my mouth open wide
Singing La la la la, la la la, la la la, 
If all the raindrops were lemon drops and gumdrops
Oh, what a rain that would be!

If all the snowflakes were candy bars and milkshakes
Oh, what a snow that would be!
Standing outside, with my mouth open wide
Singing La la la la, la la la, la la la, 
If all the snowflakes were candy bars and milkshakes
Oh, what a snow that would be!

If all the sunbeams were bubble gum and ice cream
Oh, what a sun that would be!
Standing outside, with my mouth open wide
Singing La la la la, la la la, la la la, 
If all the sunbeams were bubble gum and ice cream
Oh, what a sun that would be!

Yellow Hats 
Make hats from newsprint and have the child decorate with yellow paint.

Sunshine Headbands
Measure your child's head, and cut a piece of construction paper long enough to create a headband. Glue the paper together so the headband fits snugly on your child's head but is loose enough to take off easily. Have the children cut out yellow sun shapes or use stickers and glue to the headband.

Sunshine Musical Chairs
If they children made sunshine headbands, have them wear them during this activity. Arrange the chairs in a circle. If you have younger children it is best to have too many chairs. This can be a game where everyone wins. Place different color circles on each chair. Have the children walk around the chairs until the music stops. Then everyone finds a chair. Ask who is sitting on a chair with a red circle? Yellow? Etc.

Sun Bean Bag Toss
Cut out three sun shapes from a piece of cardboard. Paint around the shapes with yellow. When dry, prop up the cardboard and have the children play bean bag toss, trying to get the bean bags in the sun shaped holes.

Circle Sort
Provide the children with a variety of different sized yellow circles. Have the children place the circle in order from smallest to largest.

Yellow Punches Collage
Provide the children with a variety of different yellow punches. Have the children glue the punches to a piece of paper.

Mister Sun
Oh mister sun, sun, mister golden sun, (Place hands over head to form sun) 
Please shine down on me. (Wiggle fingers while moving hands down) 
Oh mister sun, sun, mister golden sun,(Place hands over head to form sun)
Hiding behind the tree. (Place hands over eyes) 
These little children are asking you, (Points to children) 
To please come out so we can play with you. (I don't know sign) 
Oh mister sun, sun, mister golden sun,(Place hands over head to form sun) 
Please shine down on,(Wiggle fingers while moving hands down) 
Won't you shine down on,(Wiggle fingers while moving hands down) 
Please shine down on me.(Point at self)

Carnation
Obtain a white carnation, (celery works too), and put it in a vase with water and yellow food coloring (about 10 drops in 1/4 cup water should do). Wait a day or two, and see what happens.

Popsicle flowers 
Have your child draw pedal and leaves for a flower. They may color them or glitter them if they would like, and then cut them out. Have your child glue the flower parts onto a popsicle stick. For younger children, have the child color the pedals and leaves that you have drawn. 

Neighborhood Yellow Walk
Next time you go for a walk pay special attention to the yellow things you see. Name the all items you can for your child.

Spool Printed Flowers
Have at least three spools for each child. Put a small amount of green tempera paint in a small shallow container. (A metal juice lid works well) Put a small amount of two other colors in two more containers. (I suggest yellow and red) Each color should have a separate spool. First have your child dip a spool in the yellow paint, then press it gently onto a piece of paper. Next have your child dip a different spool into the red paint, and have them press the spool onto the paper, 4 times, on the yellow circle at the 11, 1, 5, 7 o'clock marks. Then have your child dip a different spool into the green paint and press the spool onto the paper 2 times at the 3 and 9 o'clock marks.

Painting with dandelions
Obtain yellow dandelions, and allow the children to use them as paintbrushes.

Dandelion Hunt
Go on a dandelion hunt. See if you can find yellow dandelions, ones that have seeded. Ones which are closed, big, and small. 

Cereal Mosaics
Use colorful dry cereal for this project. First draw the outline of a flower on a piece of paper. Then put glue inside the outline and have your child place yellow cereal inside the flower.

Contact Paper Art
You will need a picture of a shape. Place the image on the table and place a piece of contact paper, sticky side up over the image. Supply the children with scraps of yellow construction paper or tissue paper. Children use the scraps to create the image on the contact paper.

Tape Art
Place masking tape on a piece of finger painting paper to create the shape of your choice. Allow the child to paint the picture yellow. After the paint had dried remove the tape.

Shaped Potato Prints 
Cut a large potato in half. You will need a shape cookie cutter that will fit on the potato half. Press the cookie cutter into the flat side of the potato. Then, using a knife, cut the potato around the outside of the cookie cutter, leaving a shaped potato stamp. Supply the children with the potato stamps, yellow paint, and paper. Have the children dip the potatoes in the paint and press them firmly onto the paper. If the potatoes are not cut evenly the shapes will not appear clearly.

Caterpillars 
Supply the children with many different yellow circles to glue onto a piece of paper to make a caterpillar. Have the children draw on the legs and facial features or use yarn for the legs.

Paper Plate Shaker 
Take two sturdy paper plates. (The stronger the better) Place some shape seeds on one of the plates and place the other plate on top of the first so that both eating surface areas are facing each other. Use masking tape to seal the plates together. Have your child decorate with yellow markers, glitter, construction paper, or ribbons. When dry, shake. Shake to music, shake it each time you take a step. Shake, Shake Shake!!!

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