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Yellow

Begin April with a touch of sun by exploring everything yellow with our arts & crafts, early science, and culinary activity suggestions.

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A perpetual calendar, banner, and a variety of activity sheets make learning about yellow fun for little ones.

AREA SETUP

(Open thematic poster-Yellow) Print, laminate, and decorate the walls of your daycare with all kinds of posters.

Poster-April
(Open banner April) (Open banner April-small) Print and laminate the banners. Use them to decorate your daycare.

 

Educa-decorate-Yellow
(Open educa-decorate-Yellow) Print, cut out, and laminate. Use the illustrations to decorate your daycare and set the mood for the theme.

 

Garland-Yellow
(Open garland-Yellow) Print. Let children decorate the garland. Cut it out and hang it within your daycare or near your daycare entrance.

 Educa-decorate-Yellow

Educ-poster-Yellow
(Open educ-poster-Yellow) Print and display.

 

SPECIAL TOOL

This special tool was created in response to a special request received. (Open group identification-Little bees) Print and display in a specific location within your daycare or in your circle time area.

 

Poni discovers and presents-Primary and secondary colors
(Open Poni discovers and presents-Primary and secondary colors) Print the cards. Laminate them and cut them out. Use your Poni puppet or another puppet children are familiar with to present the colors to your group.

 

PICTURE GAMEGroup identification-Little bees

The pictures may be used as a memory game or to spark a conversation with your group. Use them to decorate your daycare or a specific thematic corner. (Open picture game-Yellow) Print, laminate, and store the pictures in a Ziploc bag or in your thematic bin.

 

ACTIVITY SHEETS

(Open activity sheets-Yellow) Activity sheets are suggested for each theme. Print and follow instructions.

 

WRITING ACTIVITIES

(Open writing activities-Y like yellow) Print for each child or laminate for use with a dry-erase marker.

 

Stationery-YellowEduca-nuudles-Yellow
(Open stationery-Yellow) Print. The stationery can be used to communicate with parents, in your writing area, or to identify your thematic bins.

 

Educa-nuudles-Yellow

(Open educa-nuudles-Yellow) Print for each child. Have children color the sheet and use Magic Nuudles to give it a three-dimensional look. Variation: You don't have Magic Nuudles? Have children fill the spaces designed for Magic Nuudles with bingo markers or stickers. To order Magic Nuudles

 

VARIOUS WORKSHOPS-Yellow

 

Construction/Building blocks:

  • Instead of dividing your blocks according to their type (wooden, LEGO, etc.), divide them according to their color.Poni discovers and presents-Primary and secondary colors
  • Different shades of yellow felt can be added to children's constructions.
  • Sort cars, figurines, etc. according to their color.

Arts & crafts:

  • Use paint to introduce children to color combinations.
  • Construction paper, tissue paper, etc. in different shades of yellow for cutting, drawing, and creating.
  • Finger paint for exploring color combinations.
  • Yellow markers with different tips (narrow, broad, etc.).
  • Color by number activity sheets requiring the use of yellow crayons.
  • Coloring pages.

Role play:Stationery Yellow

  • Transform your area to represent a paint store. Include paint sample cards, paintbrushes, rollers, painter hats, and wooden sticks used to stir paint. Ask parents to provide old decorating and design magazines. Add old shirts with paint stains on them.
  • Create an artist studio complete with easels, paint palettes, etc. Add large sheets of paper and let children pretend they are famous artists.

Manipulation:

  • Memory game related to colors.
  • Modeling dough. Allow children to mix colors together. Homemade modeling dough helps reduce the cost of this activity.
  • Association game involving colors (example: a yellow card can be associated to a banana).
  • Sorting activities using items available in your daycare.
  • Yellow cellophane paper can be cut and glued to the bottom of empty toilet paper rolls to make yellow binoculars.
  • Lite-Brite or mosaic games.Writing activities-Y like yellow

Reading/relaxation:

  • Books related to shapes and colors or books with pretty illustrations.

Music and motor skills:

  • Homemade Twister game involving yellow-coloured items.
  • Red light, yellow light, green light game.

Sensory bins:

  • Water table: add drops of yellow food coloring to the water.
  • Rock bin: fill a container with tiny yellow rocks (used in aquariums).
  • Froot Loops bin.Picture game-Yellow

Early science:

  • All experiments which involve colors can be explored here.
    o Color explosion in milk.
    o The flower that changes color when food coloring is added
    o Color combinations with paint.
    o Bake a cake and add food coloring to the icing.
    o etc.

LANGUAGE ACTIVITIES

 

Word flashcards

Use the cards to spark a conversation with your group or in your reading and writing area. They may also be used to identify your thematic bins. (Open word flashcards-Yellow) (Open giant word flashcards-Yellow) Print. banana, grapefruit, lemon, sun, sunflower, sweet pepper, corn, hot pepper, light, dandelion, star, yellow apple

 

Yellow DayWord flashcards-Yellow
(Open perpetual calendar-Yellow Day) Print and display near your daycare entrance to inform parents and children of this special day.

 

Area setup and greeting:

  • As children arrive, draw a sun, a sunflower, or another yellow item on their cheek.
  • Serve a special yellow cocktail. You can simply add yellow food coloring to milk or serve grapefruit juice. Add a lemon slice to decorate.
  • Replace your regular light bulbs with yellow light bulbs. Hang tiny yellow Christmas lights to set the mood.
  • Encourage children to wear yellow clothing.
  • Wear a yellow hat. Make your own by simply gluing yellow items on a baseball cap or strip of paper. You can also make yellow hats with your group or invite parents to make a special yellow hat with their child.
  • Display pictures of yellow items on your walls and deposit some on the floor. Hang yellow decorations from the ceiling.
  • Offer as many yellow toys as possible.Perpetual calendar-Yellow Day

Food:

  • For lunch, use yellow food coloring to transform food items. Serve shepherd's pie and add yellow food coloring to the potatoes. Add yellow food coloring to your pasta water. Add a drop of yellow food coloring to each child's glass of milk. Serve corn, yellow peppers, and yellow fruit such as apples, bananas, etc.
  • For dessert, prepare a platter of yellow fruit such as yellow apples, bananas, grapefruit, pears, etc. Offer various dips such as caramel, cream cheese, pudding, etc.
  • At snack time, use flower-shaped cookie cutters to make cookies or let children cut the cookie dough themselves and decorate the baked cookies with yellow icing and candy pieces.

Activities:Game-This is my spot-Yellow

  • Hang a large banner on the wall. Invite children to make a collage by cutting yellow items out of catalogues or flyers, tearing pieces of yellow paper or cardboard, gluing leaves, etc.
  • Play a modified version of musical chairs. Simply replace the chairs with yellow shapes secured on the floor (or stick them directly on the chairs).
  • Play music and invite children to dance while waving yellow scarves (or pieces of yellow fabric).

ROUTINE AND TRANSITION ACTIVITIES

 

Game-This is my spot-Yellow
(Open game-This is my spot-Yellow) Print two copies. Laminate and cut out the cards. Glue one copy of each card on the table using adhesive paper. Drop the other copies in a bag. Children take turns picking a card to determine their spot at the table for the day. You may also use the cards to determine naptime spots or for your task train.

 

My yellow pathMy yellow path
(Open my yellow path) Print, laminate, and secure the illustrations on the floor to create a path which leads to areas frequently visited by children such as the bathroom or cloakroom. If you prefer, the illustrations may also be used to delimit your various workshops.

 

PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES AND MOTOR SKILLS

 

Yellow balloons
Blow up four or five yellow balloons. Tell children the balloons must never touch the ground. If this is too easy for your group, provide more advanced challenges. For example, tell them they cannot touch the balloons with their hands or that they must blow on them to keep them in the air.

 

Hop on the sunmodels sun
(Open models-sun) Print and laminate for durable, eco-friendly use. Trace, cut out, and secure the models on the floor. Encourage children to hop from one sun to the next. You may ask them to hop on one foot, backwards, sideways, etc.

 

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

 

Winter sunflower
Use a rope to draw the outline of a giant sunflower in the snow. Fill spray bottles with a mixture of water and yellow food coloring. Spray the inside of the sunflower to create an instant sunflower in your yard. If the snow has already melted away, use sidewalk chalk to draw a giant sunflower on asphalt and color it in with your group.

 

Yellow bubblesEduc-pairs-Yellow
Add yellow food coloring to your bubble solution. Blow bubbles with your group. Set pieces of white paper on the ground to catch the bubbles. The bubbles will leave yellow prints on the paper.

 

COGNITIVE ACTIVITIES

 

Educ-pairs-Yellow
(Open educ-pairs-Yellow) Print. Children must draw a line between matching items or color them using the same color. Print and laminate for durable, eco-friendly use.

 

Educ-trace-Yellow
(Open educ-trace-Yellow) Print for each child. Children must trace the lines using the correct color and then color each item using the corresponding color.

 

Educ-intruder-YellowEduc-trace-Yellow
(Open educ-intruder-Yellow) Print and laminate. Children must find the six (6) intruders in the picture.

 

Educa-symmetry-Yellow
(Open educa-symmetry-Yellow) Print. Children must color the bottom picture (black & white) to make it identical to the top picture (in color).

 

What is missing?
Deposit several yellow objects on a table. Have children observe them closely. After a few minutes, hide the items with a blanket. While the objects are hidden, remove an item. Remove the blanket and ask children to identify the missing item.

 

MUSICAL AND RHYTHMIC ACTIVITIES

 

Musically yellowEduc-intruder-Yellow
Cut a variety of shapes out of yellow construction paper and secure them on the floor throughout your daycare (or yard). Play calm music and invite children to move to the sound of the music. When the music stops, they must quickly find a yellow shape to stand on.

 

Yellow musical drawing
Divide your group into two teams. Have each group sit at a table. Deposit a single sheet of paper and yellow crayon on each table. Play music. The object of the game is for each child to draw for one song. At the end of each song, another child continues the drawing. Variation: You may also choose to give each team a yellow sheet of paper and a dark-coloured crayon.

 

EARLY SCIENCE/MANIPULATION/EXPLORATION

 

Where does yellow come from?Educa-symmetry-Yellow
Using poster paint, ask children to try to create yellow paint by mixing different colors. Once they have had the chance to try a few combinations, tell children about primary and secondary colors. Explain that no two colors can be mixed together to create yellow because it is a primary color. Give each child a small amount of yellow paint and a few containers containing other colors. Let them add yellow to each color.

 

Colourful bottles
Fill clear bottles with lukewarm water until they are ¾ full. Add a tablespoon of corn syrup and 3-4 drops of yellow food coloring. Secure the caps with hot glue and let children manipulate the bottles. Variation: You can also add yellow metallic confetti instead of food coloring.

 

Colourful ice cube tray
Add a few drops of yellow food coloring to the water in each section of an ice cube tray. Freeze. You may also choose to insert a tiny yellow object in each section. Deposit a plastic container on a large towel, drop the ice cubes in the container, and let children manipulate them.

 

Color wheelColor wheel
(Open color wheel) Print and cut out the different pieces. Glue the color wheel in a paper plate. Make a small hole in the centre of the paper plate and insert a fastener that will hold the two arrows in place. Use the two small arrows to point to two primary colors. Use the large arrow to point to the corresponding secondary color. Experiment with your group by combining the two paint colors.

 

Yellow rice or pasta bin
(To be prepared by an adult) *Not for consumption.

 

Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 pint of rice or uncooked pasta pieces
  • 2 tablespoons of yellow food coloring
  • 3 tablespoons of rubbing alcoholPuppets-Yellow
  1. Combine rubbing alcohol and food coloring in a container. Add rice or pasta pieces. Cover with a lid. Gently shake the container to completely cover the rice or pasta pieces with color.
  2. Spread the pasta pieces or rice out on a cookie sheet, in a single layer. Let dry for several hours.
  3. Pour the yellow pasta pieces or rice in a container. Let children play in it with figurines or containers they can use for pouring.

CULINARY ACTIVITIES

 

Yellow galore!
Add yellow food coloring to a variety of white food items such as cake mix, milk, icing, soup, mashed potatoes, etc.

 Coloring pages theme-Yellow

Sun powder
Empty one or two boxes of lemon-flavoured Jell-O powder into a bowl (the powder is white when dry). Sprinkle the powder on different food items such as apples, applesauce, vanilla pudding, etc. The sun powder will turn yellow when it comes into contact with the moist food items, just like magic!

 

ARTS & CRAFTS

 

Puppets-Yellow
(Open puppets-Yellow) Print the models on heavy cardboard. Have children cut them out and decorate them. Glue a Popsicle stick behind each model to create puppets.

 

Yellow mobileI am learning to draw-A light bulb
Print yellow items (see educa-decorate) or use pictures of yellow items found in catalogues or flyers. Decorate them with glitter, ribbon, cotton balls, confetti, etc. Glue the items on either side of ribbon or string to create a mobile. Hang your mobile from the ceiling or over your changing table.

 

Yellow everywhere!
Use two tiny yogurt containers per child. Cut a circle out of the bottom of each container. Glue a piece of yellow cellophane paper over each circle. Cut holes on either side of the containers and insert pipe cleaners. Shape them so they fit over children's ears. Use another pipe cleaner to connect the yogurt containers and complete the glasses.

 

Yellow stained glass
Cut a piece of adhesive paper and encourage children to fill it with pieces of yellow paper (tissue paper, cardboard, etc.). When they are done, layer a second piece of adhesive paper on top and display their yellow stained glass in a window.

 

Monochromatic projectComplete the drawing-Yellow
Give each child a single piece of white paper. Have them cut yellow items out of magazines, catalogues, and flyers and glue them on their paper. Encourage them to draw on their paper using only yellow crayons too.


COLORING PAGES

(Open coloring pages theme-Yellow) Print for each child.

 

I am learning to draw-A sun
(Open I am learning to draw-A light bulb) Print and laminate the model sheet. Encourage children to practice their drawing technique by tracing the sun step by step. When they are done, they can try to draw a sun independently.

 

Complete the drawing-Yellow
(Open complete the drawing-Yellow) Print for each child. Children must complete the drawing by adding the missing elements.

 

SONGS & RHYMES Songs & rhymes-Yellow
(Open songs & rhymes-Yellow)

 

Yellow
By: Patricia Morrison

See a yellow sign
Smell a yellow daffodil
Touch a yellow pencil
Hear a yellow canary
Taste a yellow candy

 

Have fun!

The Educatall team

 

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