Color Zoo

This week is art!

Today we started with “Tap Your Sticks” by Hap Palmer. This is a great starting song because it lets the kids get up and moving but also encourages them to listen and follow directions.

Next, we played with our partner parachutes. I gave each little group a handful of Magic Nuudles. After they had played with them for a while, I asked them to bounce their Magic Nuudles as high as they could.

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After we cleaned everything up off the floor, we did another song, “The Goldfish” by The Laurie Berkner Band. I turned on our bubble machine to add some aquatic atmosphere.

We read two books today. The first was Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert.

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Color Zoo is full of imaginative animals made of all kinds of shapes and colors. I asked the kids to imitate the sounds the different animals made, although we were stumped on a few, like ox and deer. This was also a good opportunity to talk about whether they had ever been to the zoo and, if so, what animals they saw there.

The second book was Colors Everywhere by Tana Hoban.

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I’d never read this book before, but I ended up really enjoying it. It’s a wordless collection of colorful photographs, and each photograph is accompanied by isolated swatches of some of the colors in the photograph. So, for example, a picture of ducklings has a block of yellow and a block of burnt orange to the side. It was a really cool concept, and the kids enjoyed the photographs a lot.

After our books, we headed to our stations:

  1. Tape art.
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    Each child was given a small canvas that they decorated using washi tape and tempera paint. Some kids made borders with the tape, some made letters, and some taped off different areas of the canvas.

  2. Perler Biggie Beads. These are bigger versions of the traditional Perler beads. I had an iron out in case anybody made something they wanted to keep, but they were more than happy to just make patterns and pictures and then take them apart.
  3. Blocks and color viewers.
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    I filled our blocks up with different colored buttons, beads, and blocks.
  4. Magnetic toys.
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  5. Sort and Snap Color Match from Melissa .
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See you next week for play!

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