(Open thematic poster-Purple) Print, laminate, and decorate the walls of your daycare with all kinds of posters.
(Open banner May) (Open banner May-small) Print and laminate the banners. Use them to decorate your daycare.
(Open educa-decorate-Purple) Print, cut out, and laminate. Use the illustrations to decorate your daycare and set the mood for the theme.
(Open garland-Purple) Print. Let children decorate the garland. Cut it out and hang it within your daycare or near your daycare entrance.
(Open educ-poster-Purple) Print and display.
This special tool was created in response to a special request received. (Open Bathroom routine) Print and display in a specific location within your daycare or in your bathroom.
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.
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-Purple) Print, laminate, and store the pictures in a Ziploc bag or in your thematic bin.
(Open activity sheets-Purple) Activity sheets are suggested for each theme. Print and follow instructions.
(Open writing activities-P like purple) (Open writing activities-M like May) Print for each child or laminate for use with a dry-erase marker.
(Open stationery-Purple) Print. The stationery can be used to communicate with parents, in your writing area, or to identify your thematic bins.
(Open educa-nuudles-Purple) 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:
- Instead of dividing your blocks according to their type (wooden, LEGO, etc.), divide them according to their color.
- Different shades of purple 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 purple for cutting, drawing, and creating.
- Finger paint for exploring color combinations.
- Purple markers with different tips (narrow, broad, etc.).
- Color by number activity sheets requiring the use of purple crayons.
- Coloring pages.
- 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.
- Decorating magazines.
- Old t-shirts with paint stains on them.
- 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 purple card can be associated to grapes).
- Sorting activities using items available in your daycare.
- Purple cellophane paper can be cut and glued to the bottom of empty toilet paper rolls to make purple binoculars.
- Lite-Brite or mosaic games.
- Books related to shapes and colors or books with pretty illustrations.
Music and motor skills:
- Homemade Twister game involving purple items.
- Red light, yellow light, green light game.
- Water table: add drops of purple food coloring to the water.
- Rock bin: fill a container with tiny purple rocks (used in aquariums).
- Froot Loops bin.
- 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.
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-Purple) (Open giant word flashcards-Purple) Print. grape, grape juice, orchid, dress, barrette, plum, eggplant, paint, beet, lilac, car, pyjamas
(Open perpetual calendar-Purple 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 purple grape or a purple flower on their cheek.
- Serve a special purple cocktail. You can simply add purple food coloring to milk or serve grape juice. Add a purple umbrella to decorate.
- Replace your regular light bulbs with purple light bulbs. Hang tiny purple lights to set the mood.
- Encourage children to wear purple clothing.
- Wear a purple hat. Make your own by simply gluing purple items on a baseball cap or strip of paper. You can also make purple hats with your group or invite parents to make a special purple hat with their child.
- Display pictures of purple items on your walls and deposit some on the floor. Hang purple decorations from the ceiling.
- Offer as many purple toys as possible.
- For lunch, use purple food coloring to transform food items. Serve shepherd's pie and add purple food coloring to the potatoes. Add purple food coloring to your pasta water. Add a drop of purple food coloring to each child's glass of milk. Serve beets, purple coleslaw, eggplant slices, etc.
- For dessert, prepare a platter of purple fruit such as plums, grapes, etc. Offer various dips such as caramel, cream cheese, pudding, etc.
- Bake a cake and decorate it with purple icing.
- Hang a large banner on the wall. Invite children to make a collage by cutting purple items out of catalogues or flyers, tearing pieces of purple paper or cardboard, gluing leaves, etc.
- Play a modified version of musical chairs. Simply replace chairs with purple shapes secured on the floor (or stick them directly on the chairs).
- Play music and invite children to dance while waving purple scarves (or pieces of purple fabric).
ROUTINES AND TRANSITIONS
Game-This is my spot-Purple
(Open game-This is my spot-Purple) 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 purple path
(Open my purple 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
Blow up four or five purple 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.
Visit your local hardware store and collect several purple paint chips. Be sure to have two copies of each color. Cut the paint chips that contain more than one shade of purple. Hide one series of paint chips throughout the daycare. Divide the second set of paint chips among the children in your group and invite them to find the matching cards.
Add purple food coloring to your bubble solution. Blow purple bubbles. Set white paper on the ground and encourage children to "catch" the bubbles with the paper. The bubbles will leave purple impressions on the paper.
Purple treasure hunt
Hide purple objects throughout the yard. Invite children to hunt for them. Make this activity even more fun by hiding very tiny items and providing magnifying glasses. Variation: This activity may also be done indoors or even in the dark with flashlights.
Fill spray bottles with water. Add a touch of purple by depositing old purple felts (from markers) in the bottles. Spray the water on snow (or on an old white blanket if the snow has melted away).
(Open educ-pairs-Purple) Print. Children must draw a line to connect matching items or color them using the same color. Print and laminate for durable, eco-friendly use.
(Open educ-trace-Purple) Print for each child. Children must trace the lines using the correct color and then color each item using the corresponding color.
(Open educ-colors-Purple) Print for each child. Children must color only the items that are normally purple.
(Open educa-symmetry-Purple) Print. Children must color the bottom picture (black & white) to make it identical to the top picture (in color).
What is missing?
Deposit several purple 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
Cut a variety of shapes out of purple 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 purple shape to stand on.
Purple shaving cream
Set a plastic tablecloth on a table. Deposit a large quantity of shaving cream and several drops of red and blue food coloring on the tablecloth. Let children spread and mix everything together.
Boil red cabbage or beets to create purple water. Dip pieces of white cotton in the purple water to show children how it is possible to dye fabric naturally. Let them dip pieces of white cotton in the water themselves.
Does water react the same way when it's hot, lukewarm, cold, or frozen? You will need four identical glass drinking glasses. Fill the first glass with hot water, the second glass with lukewarm water, and the third glass with cold water. Set the fourth glass of water in the freezer ahead of time. Arrange the four glasses in a row on a table. Deposit one drop of red food coloring in each glass and observe the reactions. Next, deposit a drop of blue food coloring in each glass and watch closely. What color is the water in the end?
Where does purple come from?
Using poster paint, ask children to try to create purple paint by mixing different colors. Once they have had the chance to try a few combinations, tell children about primary and secondary colors. Give each child a small amount of red and blue paint and a few containers containing other colors. Let them experiment.
Fill clear bottles with lukewarm water until they are ¾ full. Add a tablespoon of corn syrup and 3-4 drops of purple (red and blue) food coloring. Secure the caps with hot glue and let children manipulate the bottles. Variation: You can also add purple metallic confetti instead of food coloring.
Colourful ice cube tray
Add a few drops of purple (red and blue) food coloring to the water in each section of an ice cube tray. Freeze. You may also choose to insert a tiny purple object in each section. Deposit a plastic container on a large towel, drop the ice cubes in the container, and let children manipulate them.
(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.
Purple rice or pasta bin
(To be prepared by an adult) *Not for consumption.
1 pint of rice or uncooked pasta pieces
2 tablespoons of purple (red and blue) food coloring
3 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol
- 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.
- Spread the pasta pieces or rice out on a cookie sheet, in a single layer. Let dry for several hours.
- Pour the purple pasta pieces or rice in a container. Let children play in it with figurines or containers they can use for pouring.
Add red and blue food coloring to white food items such as cake mix, milk, icing, and mashed potatoes.
Purple Froot Loops
Empty a box of Froot Loops on the table. When you give them the signal, children must find only the purple cereal and deposit the pieces in a bowl one at a time. Once they have found all the purple cereal, you can count the pieces, eat them, make purple necklaces, etc. This activity can of course be done with other colors too.
ARTS & CRAFTS
(Open puppets-Purple) Print the models on heavy cardboard. Have children cut them out and decorate them. Glue a Popsicle stick behind each model to create puppets.
Print purple items (see educa-decorate) or use pictures of purple 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.
Use two tiny yogurt containers per child. Cut a circle out of the bottom of each container. Glue a piece of purple 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.
(Open models-Purple) Print the models and use them for various crafts and projects throughout the theme.
Deposit a large white paper banner on a table. Provide different shades of purple tissue paper. Invite children to deposit pieces of tissue paper on the banner, overlapping them. When the banner is completely covered with purple tissue paper, provide spray bottles and encourage children to spray the banner. Let dry for a few hours before removing the tissue paper to discover fun prints.
Give each child a single piece of white paper. Have them cut purple items out of magazines, catalogues, and flyers and glue them on their paper. Encourage them to draw on their paper using only purple crayons too.
(Open coloring pages theme-Purple) Print for each child.
I am learning to draw-A house
(Open I am learning to draw-A house) Print and laminate the model sheet. Encourage children to practice their drawing technique by tracing the house step by step. When they are done, they can try to draw a house independently.
Complete the drawing-Purple
(Open complete the drawing-Purple) Print for each child. Children must complete the drawing by adding the missing elements.
SONGS & RHYMES (Open songs & rhymes-Purple)
By: Patricia Morrison
A drop of red, a drop of blue
To create a different hue
Pretty purple, I will use
To paint a flower just for you
The Educatall team