Showing posts with label colors. Show all posts
Showing posts with label colors. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

1, 2, 3 Go! Here Comes the Sun!

We are continuing to explore weather and spring seasonal elements at the 1, 2, 3 Go!  class this week.  Take some some this week to engage your child in talking about the spring weather and what happens after it rains...the sun comes out!  Ask questions such as, "what does the sun do?", or "what color is the sun?" and then, "what other objects are yellow?". Developing a conversation with your child is important as he or she learns to communicate ideas and information, which leads to comprehension.  By learning how to communicate and comprehend, children are learning essential early literacy and reading skills.

Yellow Song (sung to the tune of 'If You're Happy and You Know It')
Y-E-L-L-O-W spells yellow.
Y-E-L-L-O-W spells yellow.
Like the bright and early sun when the day has just begun
Y-E-L-L-O-W spells yellow.
Ducklings and bananas are YELLOW.
Lemons and flowers are YELLOW.
Like a smiley face is yellow he is such a happy fellow
Y-E-L-L-O-W spells yellow.

Mister Sun Song
Oh Mister Sun, Sun,
Mister Golden Sun,
Please shine down on me

Oh Mister Sun, Sun,
Mister Golden Sun,
Hiding behind a tree...

These little children
Are asking you
To please come out
So we can play with you

Oh Mister Sun, Sun,
Mister Golden Sun,
Please shine down on...
Please shine down on...
Please shine down on me!

We read these books at 1, 2, 3, Go!

The Sun is My Favorite Star by Frank Asch
Celebrates a child's love of the sun and the wondrous ways in which it helps the earth and the life upon it. 
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Where’s Spot? By Eric Hill
 A mother dog finds eight other animals hiding around the house before finding her lost puppy. 
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Thursday, March 29, 2012

1, 2, 3 Go! Rain, Rain, Go Away!

At 1, 2, 3 Go!  this week, we are discovering all the wonderful aspects of rain!  The rhymes and books below are great to share with your child on a rainy day when you stay indoors.    The motions made while singing the Rain in Spring below helps kids learn the sounds of rain and wind, and how rain makes things such as flowers grow. The Five Umbrellas rhyme helps children learn colors and rhyming.   

Five Umbrellas Rhyme
The First umbrella is RED-It keeps rain off my head
The second umbrella is YELLOW –For a very lucky fellow
The third umbrella is Blue-It looks like the one I drew
The fourth umbrella is BROWN-I will carry it to town
The Fifth umbrella is green-I am glad that it is Spring!

The Rain in Spring (sung to the tune of The Wheels on the Bus)
The rain in the spring goes
drip, drip, drop, drip, drip, drop, drip, drip, drop.
The rain in the spring goes
drip, drip, drop, all day long!

The flowers in the spring all
grow, grow, grow, grow, grow, grow, grow, grow, grow
the flowers in the spring all
grow, grow, grow, all day long!

The wind in the spring goes
swish, swish, swish, swish, swish, swish, swish, swish, swish,
the wind in the spring goes
swish, swish, swish, all day long!

For storytime fun on a rainy day, try these rain-themed books:

Who Is Tapping at my Window? by A. G. Deming
A poem in which a child tries to discover who is tapping at the window.
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Rain Song by Lezlie Evans
Poem expresses the excitement of a summer thunderstorm. 
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The Rainy Day by Anna Milbourne
Join the search for the source of rainfall. 
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Soggy Saturday by Phyllis Root
After a hard rain, the animals on Bonnie Bumble's farm all turn blue.
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When Rain Falls by Melissa Stewart
Offers a variety of habitats, providing young readers with a glimpse of animals as they weather a rainstorm. 
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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Story Mix for Three to Six: Happy Valentine's Day!

Valentine's Day is a great day to explore colors with your little one!  Red and Pink are often colors associated with Valentine's.  Colors can be both useful and expressive ways for children to not only learn new words, but also identify objects and feelings.  Using such skills, children can begin to learn about colors in books and get ready to read!

These are two great resources to use for learning more about how colors help children learn and grow:
Purdue University College of Consumer and Family Sciences
Kennesaw State University Educational Technology Center

There is also a Valentine themed rhyme in which you can pretend to make a Valentine!  Or for more fun, bring out the craft supplies and make real Valentine's for everyone your child loves!  Crafts are a great way for your little one to enhance their imagination, as well as, engage important hand and eye coordination for improving fine motor skills. 


Let's Make a Valentine Rhyme
Snip, snip, snip the paper.  (scissor motion)
Glue, glue glue the paper.   (glue stick motion)
Press, press, press the paper.  (pressing motion)
Here’s a valentine for you!  (give valentine away)

Valentine Kisses Rhyme
1 little, 2 little, 3 little kisses
4 little, 5 little, 6 little kisses
7 little, 8 little, 9 little kisses
10 little kisses on Valentine’s Day.

We read these Valentine themed books at Story Mix this week:

Clifford's First Valentine's Day by Norman Bridwell
Clifford spends his first Valentine's Day going to the post office with Emily Elizabeth to mail valentines, but he gets lost in the carts full of letters. 
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My Heart is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall
Depicts in rhyming text how love can be many different things, such as eager as a beaver, steady as a yak, or silly as a seal. 

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Hug Me by Patti Stren
More than anything in the world, Elliot the porcupine wants a friend who will hug him. 
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Never Too Little to Love by Jeanne Willis
Tiny Too-Little loves someone who's very, very tall, and Tiny wants a kiss. What if he stands on his tiptoes on top of a thimble? What if he stands on his tiptoes on top of a matchbox on top of a thimble?
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1, 2, 3 Go! Counting, Colors, Clothing

This week's 1, 2, 3 Go! class incorporates many different learning themes including counting, rhyming, repetition, colors and clothing.  Counting aloud not only introduces new sounds and words to help build vocabulary, but also creates a stimulating learning environment.  Rhyming helps young children remember these important concepts and reinforces what they are learning in a positive manner.  Playing dress up and learning about clothing items helps elevate children's imaginations and allows them to embrace their creativity.  Taking these games and including color elements enriches the concept even more.  

For example, when you count evergreens talk about trees and what colors they are throughout the seasons.  When you sing the colorful noses rhyme, children are already using colors in addition to learning new words such as shoe and jumping.  Rhyming is included in almost every rhyme, and it reinforces the ideas in the songs. 

Six Little Evergreens Rhyme
Six little trees standing in a row,
Their prickly needles all covered with snow.
The first tree is short.
The second tree is tall.
The third tree looks like it just might fall.
The fourth tree is skinny.
The fifth tree is stumpy.
The sixth tree’s bark is rough and bumpy!
Six little trees standing in a row,
Their prickly needles all covered with snow.

Colorful Noses Rhyme
Brown bear, brown bear, nose so black, rub your tummy and touch your back.
Brown bear, brown bear, nose so red, pat your legs and nod your head.
Brown bear, brown bear, nose so blue, touch your knee and then your shoe.
Brown bear, brown bear, nose so green, jump up like a jumping bean.
Brown bear, brown bear, nose so pink, close your eyes and make them blink. 
Brown bear, brown bear, nose so white, hide your hands out of sight.   

Bears Are Sleeping Rhyme
Bears are sleeping, bears are sleeping,
In their lairs, in their lairs.  (Pretend to sleep)
Soon it will be springtime, soon it will be springtime,
Wake up, bears!  Wake up bears!  (Pretend to wake up)

Bears are sleeping, bears are sleeping,
In their lairs, in their lairs.  (Pretend to sleep)
Soon it will be springtime, soon it will be springtime,
Wake up, bears!  Wake up bears!  (Pretend to wake up)

It’s Not That Cold Outside Song 
I don’t want to wear my coat, wear my coat, wear my coat.
I don’t want to wear my coat.
It’s not that cold outside.

I don’t want to wear my hat, wear my hat, wear my hat.
I don’t want to wear my hat.
It’s not that cold outside.   

(Repeat verse with other items such as scarf, boots or gloves)

We read these books at 1, 2, 3 Go! this week: 

Kate's Surprise by Ann Burg
Pete wants to play out in the snow, but he doesn't feel well until his sister cheers him up.
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Kitten's Winter by Eugenie Fernandez
A young kitten explores the woods on a cold winter day as other animals shelter from the weather or engage in their usual seasonal activities.
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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Story Mix for Three to Six: Playing Dress Up

Boys and Girls both love to play dress up, whether it be in a fancy princess costume or pretending to be a crime fighting superhero.  This week's Story Mix offers stories for children to incorporate dressing up at playtime! Such active play helps elevate children's imaginations and allows them to embrace their creativity.

Children also love to count and compare, as displayed in the Fancy Valentine rhyme below,  which help them continue to learn. Incorporate such counting and color games into dress up playtime by asking questions such as how many shoes we wear or what color is our hat?  Such games help children get ready to read!


Fancy Valentines Fingerplay Rhyme
5 fancy valentines waiting in the store,
Fancy Nancy bought one,
And then there were 4
4 pretty valentines for you and me,
Fancy Nancy bought one,
And then there were 3
3 pretty valentines wondering what to do,
Fancy Nancy bought one,
And then there were 2
2 pretty valentines thinking up some fun,
Fancy Nancy bought one,
And then there was 1
1 pretty valentine said “buy me and run!”
Fancy Nancy did that,
And then there were none

The Kettles Get New Clothes by Dayle Ann Dodds
When the small town store where they usually buy their clothes changes hands, the Kettles are in for a surprise on their annual shopping trip. 
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Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor
A young girl who loves fancy things helps her family to be fancy for one special night. 
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Ooh La La Polka-Dot Boots by Ellen Olson-Brown
Illustrations and brief rhyming text sing the praises of polka dot boots, which add panache to any outfit. 
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Too Purpley! by Jean Reidy
A young girl rejects many outfits before finding the perfect clothes to wear. 
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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

1, 2 3, Go! Spectaular Snow

Snowmen, snowballs, snowforts!  Does your little one like to create things in the snow?  Incorporating snow themed playtime into singing rhymes and songs makes for a fun time learning to get ready to read!  Action rhymes such as those below encourage interaction with your child through movements and activity.  Through such playtime, children ask questions and search for answers, which also helps them learn new information.  Children also love to count and compare, as displayed in the counting and color rhymes below,  which help them continue to learn.


Here is a Hill Rhyme
Here is a hill all covered with snow (Put one hand on hip and make it “snow” with the other hand)
We’ll take our sleds up.  (Walk fingers up the arm on the hip)
And zoom down we’ll go! (Fly fingers quickly down arm)

A Funny Little Snowman
A funny little snowman had a carrot nose.
Along came a bunny and what do you suppose?
That hungry little bunny looking for his lunch,
Ate the snowman’s carrot with a nibble, nibble, crunch!

The Itsy Bitsy Snowman  (To the tune of Itsy Bitsy Spider)
The Itsy-Bitsy snowman was standing in the snow.  (Hold arms in circle)
Down came some snowflakes...they made the snowman grow.  (Wiggle fingers downward)
Out came the sun to shine its golden rays, (Hold arms to make sun)
Which warmed the little snowman and melted him away.  (Hug self and slump to floor)

Five Friendly Snowmen 
Adapted from Five Little Snowmen on Karen for Kids CD by Karen Banks Lubicz

5 friendly snowmen white and round,
Made with snow that fell on the ground.
Out came the sun and melted one,
Now the one with the yellow scarf is all done.

4 friendly snowmen white and round,
Made with snow that fell on the ground.
Out came the sun and melted one,
Now the one with the orange scarf is all done.

3 friendly snowmen white and round,
Made with snow that fell on the ground.
Out came the sun and melted one,
Now the one with the green scarf is all done.

2 friendly snowmen white and round,
Made with snow that fell on the ground.
Out came the sun and melted one,
Now the one with the blue scarf is all done.

One friendly snowman white and round,
Made with snow that fell on the ground.
Out came the sun,
So the one with the red scarf decided to run!

Let's Make a Snowman
Adapted from I Can Make a Snowman on Highly Usable Music (HUM) CD by Carole Peterson

I can make a snowman,
A snowman, a snowman.
I can make a snowman,
My snowman will be white!

Anyone can make a white one! Let’s make ours different colors.
Close your eyes and think of the color of grass.

I can make a snowman,
A snowman, a snowman.
I can make a snowman,
My snowman will be: GREEN!

Now let’s do it again.
Repeat the song with additional colors such as:
Close your eyes and think of the color of the Sun. My snowman will be YELLOW!
Close your eyes and think of the color of the Sky. My snowman will be BLUE!
Close your eyes and think of the color of a Strawberry:. My snowman will be RED!


We also read these books about snow:

The Snowy Day be Ezra Jack Keats
Winner of the 1963 Caldecott medal.  The adventures of a little boy in the city on a very snowy day. 
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Millions of Snowflakes by Mary McKenna Siddals
As snow begins to fall, a child counts the flakes, enjoying every one. 
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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Terrific Twos: The Color RED

We are featuring the color RED this week at Terrific Twos!  The color red is often associated with the Christmas holiday and you'll notice some of the books we read are Christmas themed to help you celebrate.  The rhymes and stories below help your child with a variety of literacy skills. Rhyming helps children understand word construction and meaning based on sound. Children will begin to think symbolically and develop oral language skills. The fun actions you can perform in each song such as the movements of a little red bird flying, or a snowman who is big, round and has a lovely scarf of red, make these activities memorable and entertaining. 

Little Red Bird Rhyme
Little red bird, fly around
Up to the sky and down to the ground.
Little red bird, flap your wings
And let me hear you sweetly sing.
Little red bird, go to your nest
Now it’s time to take a rest.

Little red bird, fly around
Up to the sky and down to the ground.
Little red bird, flap your wings
And let me hear you sweetly sing.
Little red bird, go to your nest
Now it’s time to take a rest.

I Made a Little Snowman Rhyme (thanks to our friends at King County Library System)
I made a little snowman,
I made him big and round.
I made him from a snowball,
I rolled upon the ground.
He has two eyes, a nose, a mouth,
A lovely scarf of red.
He even has some buttons,
And a hat upon his head.

Check out these books we read at this week's Terrific Twos: 

Who Said Red? by Mary Serfozo
A little girl and her brother introduce red, green, blue, yellow, and other colors as they wander about their farm.
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We Love Christmas by Marilyn Janovitz
Join two lovable cats as they celebrate Christmas. 
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Mouse's First Christmas by Lauren Thompson
While exploring the house on Christmas Eve, a little mouse discovers the tree, a candy cane, a stocking, a jingle bell, and Santa Claus. 
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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Terrific Twos: The Color PURPLE

We continue our color theme this week at Terrific Twos with PURPLE! Remember all the great reasons to introduce colors to your young child:
  • Colors can be useful
  • Colors can be expressive
  • Colors help children learn new words
  • Colors help children identify objects and feelings
  • Colors allow children to make visual connections with words
 Best of all, colors are a fun concept to help your child Get Ready to Read!


If You Like the Color Purple Song
If you like the color purple, clap your hands.
If you like the color purple, clap your hands.
If you like the color purple, if you like the color purple,
If you like the color purple, clap your hands. 
Stamp Your Feet and Shout Hooray!

Purple Pickle Song
If I had a purple penny or a purple nickle,
I'd go down to the purple store and buy a purple pickle.
Purple pickles, purple peas, purple pepperoni, purple pudding,
purple pie, and purple macaroni!

If I had a purple penny or a purple nickle,
I'd go down to the purple store and buy a purple pickle.
Purple pickles, purple peas, purple pepperoni, purple pudding,
purple pie, and purple macaroni!

Five Little Umbrellas (thanks to our friends at King County Library System)
Five little umbrellas by the back door,
The red one went outside & now there are four.
Four little umbrellas, pretty as can be,
The blue one was needed & now there are three.
Three little umbrellas, oh, they missed the blue,
So, the green one followed & now there are two.
Two little umbrellas, glad there was no sun,
The yellow one went into the rain & now there’s just one.
One little umbrella, all alone in the hall,
The purple one got picked up & that was all!

Stories we read in this week's Terrific Twos:

My Crayons Talk by Patricia Hubbard
Brown crayon sings "Play, Mud pie day," and Blue crayon calls "Sky, Swing so high" in this story about talking crayons.
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Purple is Best by Dana Meachen Rau
Sue's blue paint and Fred's red paint get mixed together and create purple, the best color of all.
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Check out these other books about the color PURPLE:

Harold and the Purple Crayon by by Crockett Johnson
Harold's purple crayon helps him create wonderful adventures as he walks in the moonlight. 
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Purple as a plum = Morado como una ciruela by Molly Dingle
Simple text and illustrations introduce the color purple and objects that bear that color. / Los cuadros y el texto dan los ejemplos de las cosas que son moradas.
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The Perfect Purple Feather by Hanoch Piven
Rhyming text and illustrations take the reader on a journey, in which a simple purple feather becomes a whisker for a cat, a pen for an owl, a quill for a porcupine, and more.
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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Terrific Twos: The Color ORANGE

We are exploring the color ORANGE in this week's Terrific Twos program.  Orange is often a color associated with Thanksgiving, so we've provided themed rhymes and stories to help you celebrate.  Colors can be both useful and expressive ways for children to not only learn new words, but also identify objects and feelings.  Using such skills, children can begin to learn about colors in books and get ready to read!

These are two great resources to use for learning more about how colors help children learn and grow:
Purdue University College of Consumer and Family Sciences
Kennesaw State University Educational Technology Center

Two Little Turkeys Rhyme
Two little turkeys are we.
We sat all night in a tree.
When the Indians came around,
We were nowhere to be found,
And that’s why we are still here, you see.

Two little turkeys are we.
We sat all night in a tree.
When the Indians came around,
We were nowhere to be found,
And that’s why we are still here, you see.

Five Little Turkeys Song
Five little turkeys standing at the door,
One waddled off, and then there were four.
Four little turkeys sitting near a tree,
One waddled off, and then there were three.
Three little turkeys with nothing to do,
One waddled off, and then there were two.
Two little turkeys in the morning sun,
One waddled off, and then there was one.
One little turkey better run away,
For soon it will be Thanksgiving Day.

Visit the DLTK Kid's site for a fun craft to make with this song!

Colors of the Rainbow Song
Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple
Colors of the rainbow, colors so bright.
Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple
Colors of the rainbow, a colorful sight.

Orange is a pumpkin
Orange is a carrot
Orange is a salmon
Orange is a traffic cone
Orange is an orange
Orange is a sunrise.

Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple
Colors of the rainbow, colors so bright.
Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple
Colors of the rainbow, a colorful sight.

Sing verses for all the colors of the rainbow by visiting BusSongs.com

Enjoy these stories we read at Terrific Twos this week:

Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes
At Thanksgiving time, children express their gratitude for the people and things in their lives.
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Pumpkin, Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington
Jamie plants a pumpkin seed and, after watching it grow, carves it and saves some seeds to plant in the spring. 
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Click here for more fun color songs and books in Ready...Set...Read!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Terrific Twos: The Color GREEN

We are continuing our color theme at Terrific Twos this week.  GREEN is the color of the environment, grass, leaves and nature.  It can also take on the meaning of growth.  When children are painting, and combine the colors YELLOW and BLUE,  they create the color GREEN.

Help your child learn the color GREEN using the great tactics of reading aloud, talking, singing, playing and writing.  Help Your Child Get Ready to Read!

  • Read one of the books below about the color GREEN.
  • Talk about the different images you see outside that are GREEN.
  • Sing the rhyme below about the GREEN turtle.
  • Play the game below about the GREEN stoplight.
  • Have fun with finger painting or watercolors, and create the color GREEN.


The Turtle Rhyme
There was a little turtle – he lived in a box.
He swam in a puddle – he climbed on some rocks.
He snapped at a mosquito – he snapped at a flea.
He snapped at a minnow – he snapped at me!
He caught the mosquito – he caught the flea.
He caught the minnow – but he didn’t catch me.

There was a little turtle – he lived in a box.
He swam in a puddle – he climbed on some rocks.
He snapped at a mosquito – he snapped at a flea.
He snapped at a minnow – he snapped at me!
He caught the mosquito – he caught the flea.
He caught the minnow – but he didn’t catch me.

We read these books at Terrific Twos this week: 


Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin
In a question and answer game, a teacher and her group see a variety of animals, each one a different color.
En un juego de las pregunta respuesta, una maestra y su grupo ven una variedad de animales, cada un de color diverso.
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Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox
A story about many different sheep, and one that seems to be missing.  / Ésta es la oveja azul. Y ésta es la oveja roja. ¿Pero dónde está la oveja verde?
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Check out these other fun rhymes and books about the color GREEN:

The Green Line by Polly Farquarson
A child takes a walk to and through a park and notices blossoms on a tree, flowers growing through a fence, a grassy hillside for rolling down, clouds in the sky, a friendly dog, rain splashing in puddles, and much more!
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Green = El Verde by Sharon Gordon
Shows many different things that are green. / Muestra varios objetos verdes. 
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Green by Anita Loughrey
Offers fun activities for early learners to find out about the color green.
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Green Says Go Game! (From our friends at King County Library System)
Green says, “GO!” (hold up the color green)
Go! Go! Go! (march in place)

Yellow says, “Slow!” (hold up the color yellow)
Slow…sloooow…slooooow (march slowly)

And red says, “Stop!” (hold up the color red)
(freeze)

(Hold up Green) Go! Go! Go!

(Hold up Yellow) Slow…sloooow…slooooow

(Hold up Red) STOP! (everybody freeze!)

Monday, November 14, 2011

Wonderful Ones: A Rainbow of Colors

Colors are a great way to introduce babies to the world around them.  Babies learn that there are many colors to represent different objects.  Games, such as the 'Baby Game' below, is also a great way for baby to learn new words.  By patting your nose, baby learns how to associate the spoken word for the physical object.   These skills then provide new opportunities for your child to learn new words and enhance vocabulary in order for your baby to develop a strong language.  A strong vocabulary and spoken language enhances early literacy skills and reading success later in childhood. 

If You’re Wearing Red Today Rhyme
If you’re wearing red today, (Clap)
Red today, red today,
If you’re wearing red today,
Please stamp your feet.

If you’re wearing blue today, (Clap)
blue today, blue today,
If you’re wearing blue today,
Please stamp your feet.

Repeat the rhyme using different colors such as pink, yellow, and green.

Here We Go Rhyme
Here we go – up, up, up,
Here we go – down, down, down,
Here we go – moving forward,
Here we go – moving backward,
Here we go round and round and round.

Here we go – up, up, up,
Here we go – down, down, down,
Here we go – moving forward,
Here we go – moving backward,
Here we go round and round and round.


Baby Game
Touch your ears, pat your nose,
Tickle baby’s little toes.
Hide your eyes,
Where are you?
Baby’s playing peek-a-boo!

Touch your ears, pat your nose,
Tickle baby’s little toes.
Hide your eyes,
Where are you?
Baby’s playing peek-a-boo!

Share a Book and Read Together:

Rainbow Colors Peekaboo! By Dawn Sirett
Play peekaboo with baby and learn different colors. 
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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Terrific Twos: The Color YELLOW

This week at Terrific Twos, we continue with our color theme.  The bright and vibrant color of YELLOW will be presented to those terrific two year olds!  Colors are a great way to introduce the many facets of a storybook and its pictures.  Through visualization of colors in books, combined with the new word of the color, enables your child to connect the two ideas.  By saying the word aloud, it enhances the concept of learning new words through new sounds and syllables.    Together, all these skills will help you get your child, Ready to Read!

Little Baby Rhyme
This little baby is ready for his nap,
Lay him down on his mother’s lap.
Cover him up so he won’t peep,
And rock him, rock him till he’s fast asleep.

This little baby is ready for his nap,
Lay him down on his father’s lap.
Cover him up so he won’t peep,
And rock him, rock him till he’s fast asleep.

Star Light, Star Bright Rhyme
Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight,
Wish I may, wish I might, have the wish I wish tonight.

Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight,
Wish I may, wish I might, have the wish I wish tonight.

More books about Colors!  We read these at Terrific Twos:

Goodnight Goodnight Sleepyhead by Ruth Krauss
In simple rhyming text, a child says goodnight to the things around her.
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Carlo Likes Colors by Jessica Spanyol   
Carlo the giraffe sees many different colors in various places--red in the street, brown in the woods, white at a wedding, and orange at a cafe.
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In My New Yellow Shirt by Eileen Spinelli
A boy wears his new yellow shirt and is transformed in his imagination into a duck, a lion, a daffodil, a trumpet, and other things.
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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Terrific Twos: The Color BLUE

Colors are a great way to introduce the many facets of a storybook and its pictures.  Picture books allow children to both hear and visualize the words as you read them together.  Through the use of colors, children will learn how to identify the aspect of the color to an object, such as 'the sky is blue.'   This then provides new opportunities for your child to learn new words, enhance vocabulary, and make connections between sounds and syllables.   Together, all these skills will help you get your child, Ready to Read!

Wiggle Rhyme
A wiggle, wiggle here,
A wiggle, wiggle there,
Wiggle your hands up in the air.

Wiggle your shoulders,
Wiggle your hips,
Wiggle your knees,
And move your lips.

Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle
And wiggle some more,
And now please sit down on the floor.

Color Rhyme
Red, green, blue
Orange, purple, yellow
I like all the colors, yes I do!

Red, green, blue
Orange, purple, yellow
I like all the colors, yes I do!

We also read these books at Terrific Twos:

One Little Blueberry by Tammi Salzano
An introduction to the numbers one to ten. Various insects see a blueberry fall to the ground and want to eat it. Which one will get the blueberry?
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Kitten's Autumn by Eugenie Fernandes
Autumn has settled on the farm, but fallen leaves aren't the only signs of the season. Find out what animals kitten sees preparing themselves for winter.
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More Fun Rhymes and Books About the Color BLUE:

Blue Chameleon by Emily Gravett
A lonely chameleon tries to change his color and shape to fit in with other animals, including the swirly snail, the pink cockatoo, and the green grasshopper, but he cannot find anyone that is just like him.
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Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea by Jan Peck
A child explores the treasures of the deep blue sea from the safety of a bathtub.
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The Old Blue Pickup Truck by Candice F. Ransom
As a girl and her father run errands in their old blue pickup, she discovers how many different ways they can use their truck.
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Little Boy Blue Rhyme
Little Boy Blue, come blow your horn.
The sheep's in the meadow, the cow's in the corn.
Where is the boy that looks after the sheep?
He's under the haystack, fast asleep. 

Five Little Blue Birds (Use fingers to represent the birds.)
Five little blue birds, hopping by my door
One went to build a nest, and then there were four

Four little blue birds singing lustily
One got out of tune, and then there were three

Three little blue birds, and what should one do,
But go in search of dinner, leaving only two.

Two little blue birds singing for fun
One flew away, and then there was one.

One little blue bird sitting in the sun
He took a little nap, and then there was none.

Monday, September 12, 2011

1, 2, 3, GO! Color and Spider Stories

If you've been to our 1, 2, 3, Go! program, then you are familiar with the energetic stories, rhymes and musical activities enjoyed each week by children ages 1 - 3.  The stories and rhymes below introduce concepts such as colors and directions through repetition and rhyming.  The actions and movements used help children develop motorskills as they clap and jump, as well as, make connections with concepts.


If Your Clothes Have Any...
If your clothes have any red - Put your finger on your head!
If your clothes have any blue - Put your finger on your shoe!
If your clothes have any green - Wave your hand so that you're seen!
If your clothes have any yellow - Smile like a happy fellow!
If your clothes have any brown - Turn your smile into a frown!
If your clothes have any pink - Give a great big wink!
If your clothes have any white - Give a hug with all your might!

For fun stories about colors, try these:

Cat's Colors by Jane Cabrera
A cat describes ten different colors and tells which one is its favorite.
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A Day With No Crayons by Elizabeth Rusch
A little girl discovers all sorts of artistic possibilities when she has to go a day without crayons.
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A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon
In order to ensure her popularity, Camilla Cream always does what is expected, until the day arrives when she no longer recognizes herself.
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Two Creepy Spiders
Two creepy spiders crawling up my leg,
One named Jack, one named Meg.
Crawl away, Jack.  Crawl away, Meg.
Come back, Jack.  Come back meg.

Little Miss Muffet
Little Miss Muffet,
Sat on her tuffet,
Eating her curds and whey.
Along came a spider,
Who sat down beside her,
And frightened Miss Muffet away.

Little Miss Muffet,
Sat on her tuffet,
Eating her curds and whey.
Along came a spider,
Who sat down above her,
And frightened Miss Muffet away.

Repeat the poem using other positional words such as "in front" or "behind."


To accompany the spider themed poems and fingerplays, check out these books!

The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle
The farm animals try to divert a busy little spider from spinning her web, but she persists and produces a thing of both beauty and usefulness.
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Itsy Bitsy Spider by Keith Chapman
The wind blows Itsy Bitsy Spider to a day of adventure among various farm animals.
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The Itsy Bitsy Spider by Sharon Lane Holm
This version of the popular children's rhyme has colorful illustrations and fingerplay activities for each line of the rhyme.
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