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(Open thematic poster-Blue) Print, laminate, and decorate the walls of your daycare with all kinds of posters.
(Open banner June) (Open banner June-small) Print and laminate the banners. Use them to decorate your daycare.
(Open educa-decorate-Blue) Print, cut out, and laminate. Use the illustrations to decorate your daycare and set the mood for the theme.
(Open garland-Blue) Print. Let children decorate the garland. Cut it out and hang it within your daycare or near your daycare entrance.
(Open educ-poster-Blue) Print and display.
This special tool was created in response to a special request received. (Open group identification-Dolphins) Print and display in a specific location 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.
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-Blue) Print, laminate, and store the pictures in a Ziploc bag or in your thematic bin.
(Open activity sheets-Blue) Activity sheets are suggested for each theme. Print and follow instructions.
(Open writing activities-B like blue) (Open writing activities-J like June) Print for each child or laminate for use with a dry-erase marker.
(Open stationery-Blue) Print. The stationery can be used to communicate with parents, in your writing area, or to identify your thematic bins.
(Open educa-nuudles-Blue) 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 blue 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 blue for cutting, drawing, and creating.
- Finger paint for exploring color combinations.
- Blue markers with different tips (narrow, broad, etc.).
- Color by number activity sheets requiring the use of blue 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 blue card can be associated to blueberries).
- Sorting activities using items available in your daycare.
- Blue cellophane paper can be cut and glued to the bottom of empty toilet paper rolls to make blue 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 blue items.
- Red light, yellow light, green light game.
- Water table: add drops of blue food coloring to the water.
- Rock bin: fill a container with tiny blue rocks (used in aquariums).
- Froot Loops bin.
- All experiments that 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-Blue) (Open giant word flashcards-Blue) Print. car, sky, ocean, boat, blue jay, cap, blueberry, sweater, pencil, bowl, flag, lock
(Open perpetual calendar-Blue 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 blue item on their cheek.
- Serve a special blue cocktail. You can simply add blue food coloring to milk or serve blueberry juice. Add a blue umbrella to decorate.
- Replace your regular light bulbs with blue light bulbs. Hang tiny blue lights to set the mood.
- Encourage children to wear blue clothing.
- Wear a blue hat. Make your own by simply gluing blue items on a baseball cap or strip of paper. You can also make blue hats with your group or invite parents to make a special blue hat with their child.
- Display pictures of blue items on your walls and deposit some on the floor. Hang blue decorations from the ceiling.
- Offer as many blue toys as possible.
- For lunch, use blue food coloring to transform food items. Serve shepherd's pie and add blue food coloring to the potatoes. Add blue food coloring to your pasta water. Add a drop of blue food coloring to each child's glass of milk. Serve blueberries, blue Jell-O, blue potatoes, etc.
- Bake a cake and decorate it with blue icing.
- Hang a large banner on the wall. Invite children to make a collage by cutting blue items out of catalogues or flyers, tearing pieces of blue paper or cardboard, etc.
- Play a modified version of musical chairs. Simply replace chairs with blue shapes secured on the floor (or stick them directly on the chairs).
- Play music and invite children to dance while waving blue scarves (or pieces of blue fabric).
ROUTINES AND TRANSITIONS
Game-This is my spot-Blue
(Open game-This is my spot-Blue) 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 blue path
(Open my blue 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
(Open lacing-Blue) Print, laminate, and punch holes around the contour of each shape. Give each child a shoelace or ribbon they can thread through the holes.
Fill a large container with blue toys. Children take turns selecting a toy. Have them return it to the correct spot/shelf within the daycare.
Blow up four or five blue 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 blue paint chips. Be sure to have two copies of each color. Cut the paint chips that contain more than one shade of blue. 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.
Blue treasure hunt
Hide blue 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 blue by depositing old blue felts (from markers) in the bottles. Spray the water on an old white blanket or large sheets of paper.
On the lookout for blue
Go for a walk with your group in your neighbourhood and search for blue items. Make a list of all the blue things you see (or take pictures) and discuss your findings during lunch time.
(Open educ-trace-Blue) 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-Blue) Print for each child. Children must color only the items that are normally blue.
(Open educa-symmetry-Blue) Print. Children must color the bottom picture (black & white) to make it identical to the top picture (in color).
What is missing?
Deposit several blue 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.
I see blue in my book
Give each child a picture book. When you give them the signal, they must turn the pages to find blue items. Each time they see a blue item, they must say "blue" and show the other children what they found.
MUSICAL AND RHYTHMIC ACTIVITIES
Cut a variety of shapes out of blue 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 blue shape to stand on.
Where does blue come from?
Using poster paint, ask children to try to create blue 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 quantity of various paint 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 blue food coloring. Secure the caps with hot glue and let children manipulate the bottles.
Variation: You can also add blue metallic confetti instead of food coloring.
Colourful ice cube tray
Add a few drops of blue food coloring to the water in each section of an ice cube tray. Freeze. You may also choose to insert a tiny blue 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.
Add blue food coloring to white food items such as cake mix, milk, icing, and mashed potatoes.
ARTS & CRAFTS
(Open puppets-Blue) 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 blue items (see educa-decorate) or use pictures of blue 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.
(Open models-Blue) Print the models and use them for various crafts and projects throughout the theme.
Give each child a single piece of white paper. Have them cut blue items out of magazines, catalogues, and flyers and glue them on their paper. Encourage them to draw on their paper using only blue crayons too.
You will need drinking straws, paper or cardboard, and blue paint. Deposit one or several drops of paint on each child's paper or piece of cardboard. Encourage them to blow through the drinking straw to spread the paint and create waves.
Hang a white paper banner on a wall and cover it with blue paint. Have children cut fish shapes out of colourful construction paper. Let them decorate them before gluing them in their giant aquarium. They can also add other elements such as rocks or decorative items. Variation: This activity can also be done individually on small sheets of paper.
Crumpled blue paper
(Open models-Blue) Print several copies and let each child choose the shape he/she prefers. Provide different shades of blue tissue paper. Encourage children to tear and crumple the tissue paper and use these crumpled pieces to fill their shape.
(Open coloring pages theme-Blue) Print for each child.
I am learning to draw-Quebec flag
(Open I am learning to draw-Quebec flag) Print and laminate the model sheet. Encourage children to practice their drawing technique by tracing the flag step by step. When they are done, they can try to draw a house independently.
Complete the drawing-Blue
(Open complete the drawing-Blue) Print for each child. Children must complete the drawing by adding the missing elements.
SONGS & RHYMES (Open songs & rhymes-Blue)
By: Patricia Morrison
Loves to fly
Over the clear blue sea
In the big blue sky
The Educatall team
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