ALL ABOUT RED:
To really kick off the week and play up the color RED as much as I could, we started the week off with singing our RED song (I’ll be creating a blog post this week with links to our color word songs!) and wearing RED as much as we could. Eisley even joined in on the fun, and sported a little RED dress.
Copeland loved helping dye the rice! This is one activity that your toddler can easily help you with. I used a recipe found in 150+ Screen-Free Activities For Kids. Once we had our rice and dye in a Ziplock bag, Copeland had a blast swishing around the rice and watching it turn from white to red! This does have some dry time involved with it… but with the aid of a fan, we were able to create our sensory bin in no time at all.
After the rice was dry, I added in some RED counting bears I had purchased in my graduate school years, as well as some RED shapes. He loved digging out the bears to ‘count’ them. We also used a shovel from his play camping set to add to the fun.
*Friendly Advice* Copeland and I discussed that the rice must stay on the blanket. We had some close calls and had to revisit the conversation often… but in the end, it was an easy clean up as we just folded up the blanket and shook out all the rice in our backyard. With a quick wash, the blanket was as good as new. It did not stain in any way. Also, if stored properly, the rice will keep for a very long time. That means this activity can be used multiple times for only one simple prep. Best of all worlds!
File Folder games are something I remember from my school days. Truth be told, I rarely, if ever, used them in my Kindergarten classroom. My love for them has not diminished though (nostalgia, maybe?) so I plan to have fun with them in my homeschooling adventures.
I saw this somewhere in the land of Pinterest, and re-created it, adding some of my own spin on it.The outside of the File Folder is the color word RED. This is important in our journey of learning about RED. My goal for our color unit is not only increasing vocabulary and color recognition, but also letter recognition as well. On the inside of the file folder, six pictures of red items are glued (and then laminated) so that Copeland can match pictures to their pair. While we match pairs, he is working on his fine motor skills as well as his vocabulary and sentence structures. The File Folder stays out all week and is accessible to Copeland at any time. He likes to do it himself, but I challenge him once a day, and we do it together.
*I laminated the File Folder at our local teacher supply store. Much cheaper than an office supply store. Our local store even has a day where all lamination is half off… and no, you don’t have to be a teacher to use their laminator or purchase from the store!*For ease of repeated use, I bought little velcro dots found in the office supply section of Walmart. They are pretty inexpensive and I have had a love affair with them for many things over the past few years!
Ok. So true confession time. I decided to try out a home-made EDIBLE play-doh recipe. There are several recipes in the activity book I am using… and of course, you can find plenty on Pinterest. Seemed like a great idea, especially for a two year old. Somehow, somewhere along the way, I failed with the recipe. It was greasy and overall just not a great consistency. For the time it took (and major mess I made) I’ll stick with the store-bought stuff in the future. Live and learn, right?! Play-doh is a great way to also work on letters. We made letters out of the dough to spell R-E-D! 🙂
READING, READING, READING:
So there you go! Week one of the Color Our World unit. The Color Red.
Next up… BLUE week!