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(Open thematic poster-Brown) Print, laminate, and decorate the walls of your daycare with all kinds of posters.
(Open banner August) (Open banner August-small) Print and laminate the banners. Use them to decorate your daycare.
(Open educa-decorate-Brown) Print, cut out, and laminate. Use the illustrations to decorate your daycare and set the mood for the theme.
(Open educa-decorate-Chocolate) Print, cut out, and laminate. Use the illustrations to decorate your daycare and set the mood for the theme.
(Open garland-Brown) Print. Let children decorate the garland. Cut it out and hang it within your daycare or near your daycare entrance.
(Open educ-poster-Brown) Print and display.
This special tool was created in response to a special request received. (Open group identification-Bears) 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-Brown) Print, laminate, and store the pictures in a Ziploc bag or in your thematic bin.
(Open activity sheets-Brown) Activity sheets are suggested for each theme. Print and follow instructions.
(Open writing activities-B like brown) (Open writing activities-A like August) Print for each child or laminate for use with a dry-erase marker.
(Open stationery-Brown) Print. The stationery can be used to communicate with parents, in your writing area, or to identify your thematic bins.
(Open educa-nuudles-Brown) 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 brown 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 brown for cutting, drawing, and creating.
- Finger paint for exploring color combinations.
- Brown markers with different tips (narrow, broad, etc.).
- Color by number activity sheets requiring the use of brown 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.
- 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 brown card can be associated to a brown bear).
- Sorting activities using items available in your daycare.
- Brown cellophane paper can be cut and glued to the bottom of empty toilet paper rolls to make brown 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 brown items.
- Red light, yellow light, green light game.
- Water table: add drops of food coloring to the water.
- Rock bin: fill a container with tiny brown 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 chocolate 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-Brown) (Open giant word flashcards-Brown) Print.
Potato, sand, sock, bark, cocoa, peanut butter, bear, dog, cupboard, cardboard, nut, chocolate
(Open sequential story-Chocolate) Print and laminate the illustrations. Place them in the correct order to recreate the story.
(Open perpetual calendar-Brown 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 brown item on their cheek.
- Serve chocolate milk.
- As a special treat, give each child a small chocolate as they arrive.
- Wear a brown hat. Make your own simply by gluing brown items on a baseball cap or strip of paper. You can also make brown hats with your group or invite parents to make a special brown hat with their child.
- Display pictures of brown items on your walls and deposit some on the floor. Hang brown decorations from the ceiling.
- Offer as many brown toys as possible.
- For lunch, serve hamburger steaks with brown gravy.
- Serve chocolate milk and chocolate pudding.
- Bake a cake and decorate it with chocolate icing or bake chocolate chip muffins.
- As a special snack, offer chocolate ice cream cones or sundaes with chocolate syrup.
- Hang a large banner on the wall. Invite children to make a collage by cutting brown items out of catalogues or flyers, tearing pieces of brown paper or cardboard, gluing brown leaves or items, etc.
- Play a modified version of musical chairs. Simply replace chairs with brown shapes secured on the floor (or stick them directly on the chairs).
- Play music and invite children to dance while waving brown scarves (or pieces of brown fabric).
ROUTINES AND TRANSITIONS
Game-This is my spot-Brown
(Open game-This is my spot-Brown) 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 brown path
(Open my brown 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-Brown) 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 brown toys. Children take turns selecting a toy. Have them return it to the correct spot/shelf within the daycare.
Visit your local hardware store and collect several brown paint chips. Be sure to have two copies of each color. Cut the paint chips that contain more than one shade of brown. 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.
Brown treasure hunt
Hide brown 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.
On the lookout for brown
Go for a walk with your group in your neighbourhood and search for brown items. Make a list of all the brown things you see (or take pictures) and discuss your findings during lunch time.
(Open educ-trace-Brown) 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-Brown) Print for each child. Children must color only the items that are normally brown.
(Open educa-symmetry-Brown) Print. Children must color the bottom picture (black & white) to make it identical to the top picture (in color).
What is missing?
Deposit several brown 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 brown in my book
Give each child a picture book. When you give them the signal, they must turn the pages to find brown items. Each time they see a brown item, they must say "brown" and show the other children what they found.
(Open educ-differences-Chocolate) Print and laminate for durable, eco-friendly use. Children must find the number of differences indicated and circle them with a dry-erase marker.
(Open educ-math-Chocolate) Print and laminate for durable, eco-friendly use. Children must count the objects in each rectangle and circle the correct number.
Educ-same and different-Chocolate
(Open educ-same and different-Chocolate) Print and laminate for durable, eco-friendly use. Children must circle the illustration that is different in each row.
(Open bingo-Chocolate) Play bingo with the children in your group. Print, laminate, and store the game in a special box.
MUSICAL AND RHYTHMIC ACTIVITIES
Cut a variety of shapes out of brown 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 brown shape to stand on.
Where does brown come from?
Using poster paint, ask children to try to create brown 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 quantity of various paint colors. Let them experiment.
Colourful ice cubes
Add a few drops of food coloring to the various compartments of an ice cube tray. If you prefer, add a colourful object to each compartment before setting the tray in the freezer (use different colors). Set a colourful container on a towel and empty the colourful ice cubes in it. Let children have fun manipulating the ice cubes.
(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.
Creative recipe-Chocolate modeling dough
(Open creative recipe-Chocolate modeling dough)
- 1 cup of flour
- ½ cup of cocoa
- ½ cup of salt
- ½ tablespoon of cream of tartar
Add the following to the dry mixture:
- 1 ½ tablespoons of vegetable oil
- 1 cup of boiling water
- Mix rapidly and thoroughly.
- Cook over low heat until a ball forms.
- Allow to cool. Knead with your hands.
- Store in an airtight container.
- Use just like regular modeling dough.
(Open creative recipe-Sand dough)
You will need:
- 1 cup of sand
- 1 cup of flour
- 1 cup of salt
- 3 tablespoons of oil
- 3 teaspoons of cream of tartar
- ½ cup of water
- In a pot, combine all dry ingredients.
- Add liquid ingredients.
- Cook over medium-low heat until a homogeneously granular (like sugar) ball forms.
- It is best to use an old pot since the sand may scratch the surface.
- Use the sand dough like regular modeling dough to explore a new texture.
Set a plastic tablecloth on a table and pour chocolate syrup on it. Let children draw on the tablecloth with their finger or various accessories such as Popsicle sticks to draw lines, corks to draw circles, etc.
Organize a chocolate taste test for your group. Have them taste milk chocolate, dark chocolate with different percentages of cocoa, and various recipes prepared with chocolate (muffins, cakes, etc.).
ARTS & CRAFTS
(Open puppets-Brown) Print the models on heavy cardboard. Have children cut them out and decorate them. Glue a Popsicle stick behind each model to create puppets.
(Open models-Brown) Print the models and use them for various crafts and projects throughout the theme.
Hang a large banner on a wall and ask children to paint a forest using various shades of brown poster paint.
My box of chocolates
Transform an egg carton to make it look like a box of chocolates. Have children cut different chocolate shapes out of cardboard, modeling dough, or other materials and insert them in the egg carton sections.
Prepare your own fudge paint children can use to paint on heavy cardboard or paper.
Creative recipe-Fudge paint
(Open creative recipe-Fudge paint) Print.
- 1 ¼ cup of flour
- 1 ⅓ cup of water
- 5 tablespoons of salt
- 5 tablespoons of brown poster paint
- 1. Mix all ingredients together.
- 2. The mixture must look like soft fudge, rather liquid.
- 3. Use the mixture like paint on heavy cardboard or paper.
(Open models-Chocolates) Print the models. With your group, combine different colors of poster paint until you obtain a rich chocolaty color. Use the paint to paint the models.
Box of chocolates
(Open decorative box) Print and trace the model on construction paper (one per child). Cut it out and assemble it as shown. Let children decorate their box as they wish. They can add a few chocolates in their box and secure it with a pretty ribbon. They will be proud to offer their box to someone special as a gift.
Give each child a single piece of white paper. Have them cut brown items out of magazines, catalogues, and flyers and glue them on their paper. Encourage them to draw on their paper using only brown crayons too.
(Open coloring pages theme-Brown) Print for each child.
SONGS & RHYMES
(Open songs & rhymes-Brown)
By: Patricia Morrison
Brown, brown, brown
The Educatall team
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