Have a Blue Day!



Wondering how to teach your children their colors without the boring monotony of using color squares over and over until you both would rather be color blind? In this series of articles, I will make suggestions on making colors fun and interesting for both of you! Today’s article is on the color BLUE.

Food:

Fun and food often go hand in hand, this can be especially true when teaching colors. Foods that you could use on your “Blue Day” are:

Blueberries
Blueberry pancakes or muffins
Berry blue Kool-aid
Blue Jello
Blue Milk -- you can do this with just about any color, just add food coloring to your milk for the day. It gets quite a reaction!
Blue Pudding -- you can also take vanilla pudding and/or whipped topping and add food coloring.
Blues Clues Snacks -- they even have a blue applesauce


However, a note … some children (and adults) are extra sensitive to certain food dyes. If this is the case with any of your children, or you just want to stay on the safe side, stick with the natural sources of the color blue.

Make homemade fruit roll-ups using blue fruit

Make a blue homemade fruit sherbet. You could add food coloring to make the sherbet color more vibrant if you wish.

Make an edible aquarium using blue jello.

Books:

The Blue Balloon
Bear in the Big Blue House (book or videos)
Big Blue Engine by Ken Wilson-Max
Blue Hat by Angie Sage
VeggieTale Video: Madame Blueberry

Arts and Crafts:

Make blueprints. Add liquid starch to blue tempera paint. Pour some blue paint on a table top and let students fingerpaint. Place a large sheet of paper on top of the fingerpainting and rub the back of the paper. Slowly lift the paper off the table and hang it up to dry.

Blue Collage: Glue a blue thing collage on blue paper. Invite children to bring blue things from home to glue on to a blue collage. You'll need to have some things available too like, blue fabric scraps, blue yarn, blue buttons, blue paper, blue tissue paper, blue cotton balls, blue milk jug caps, blue confetti, blue paint chip samples from the hardware store, etc.

Wear Blue Day: Wear as much blue as possible, and get some theatrical makeup and paint everyone's face blue.

Take a blue walk and look for blue objects. They could even take a small tablet and blue crayon (similar to “Blues Clues” television show) and make a note/picture of each blue object they find.

Art: Put blue paint (or fingerpaints) in a painting center or easel. Or, provide crayons, markers, chalk, pencils, etc. in the color of the day so they can create interesting, monochromatic (single color) pictures.

Make blue Eggshell Chalk

Make blue soap crayons

Make blue, environmentally friendly sidewalk paint

Make blue scratch-n-sniff watercolors

Turn any picture or cut-out into a homemade sticker

Make inexpensive, blue oily soap paint

Sand pictures: first, allow the child to use Elmer’s glue (or some other similar craft glue) to “paint” a picture onto a piece of paper. Then shake some colored sand over the picture. Gently shake the excess sand back into a storage container and allow the picture to dry. You could to the same thing with blue glitter if you chose.

Bubble pictures: Pour about ¼ cup of dishwashing liquid into a container such as a clean, empty cottage cheese container. Add small amounts of water and tempera paint until the color is intense. Place a drinking straw into the pain mixture and blow carefully until the bubbles start to overflow. Gently place a piece of paper over the bubbles, then lift carefully. The broken bubbles leave a pretty design on the paper.

Blue balloons: Thin out Elmer’s glue (or similar craft glue) with water. Blow up a balloon. Dip colored yarn into the glue mixture and then wrap it around the balloon until the balloon is covered. Let it dry. Pop the balloon and carefully remove from you creation. You can hang this yarn balloon from the ceiling like a Chinese lantern.

Blue Necklaces: Make necklaces out of dyed wagon wheel pasta (blue food coloring and rubbing alcohol mixed with the pasta - mix in large Ziploc bag and allow to dry on a garbage bag overnight). The children use tipped yarn and thread on the blue wagon wheels (they are a perfect size for the yarn). You can use macaroni pasta and other pasta shapes that have holes was well.

Color Cubes: After filling the ice cube tray with water, add drops of red, yellow and blue the compartments. After they are frozen, place a red cube and two yellow cubes in a glass. As the cubes melt watch what happens! Do the same for yellow and blue and red and blue. It is fun to watch the ice melt and change into another color.

COLORED CRYSTALS: For each child mix 1 tablespoon Epson salts and 1 tablespoon water in a baby food jar or a clear plastic glass. Then stir in 1/4 teaspoon of the desired food coloring. Have the children observe over the next few days as the water evaporates and small crystals begin to form. Keep a magnifying glass handy for closer examination. Hint: For the best results do not use yellow.

GLITTER SPARKLE BOTTLES: Remove the label from a clean, clear 16 oz. plastic soda bottle. Pour at least 1/2 cup of light corn syrup into the bottle. Then add a few drops of food coloring and some glitter and/or confetti. Hot glue the lid onto the bottle. Have the children swirl and shake the bottle and watch it's movement. Use a certain color--or a rainbow of colors!

Coloring Pages:

blueberries
blue jay


Other Activities:

Take a virtual fieldtrip to the Jelly Belly Jellybean Factory while you have eat blue jelly beans. This is fun!

Gather plenty of color-specific ideas from The Crayola Crayon Factory

Play active games with a blue balloon or blue ball.

Little Boy Blue
Little boy blue, come blow your horn; The sheep's in the meadow, the cow's in the corn. Where's is the boy who looks after the sheep? He's under the haystack, fast asleep.

The Blueberry Bush
(Tune: The Mulberry Bush)
Here we go round the blueberry bush,
The blueberry bush, the blueberry bush.
Here we go round the blueberry bush,
So early in the morning.

Pick the blueberries small and round,
Small and round, small and round.
Pick the blueberries small and round,
So early in the morning.


COLOR HOP (tune of Old McDonald)
I see something that is_____[color].
Do you see it too?
I see something that is [same color].
HOP there if you do.
With a hop, hop here,
And a hop, hop there. Hurry up! Hop it up!
Hop as fast as you dare.
I see something that is [color].
Do you see it too?


COLOR SONG (Tune: If you're Happy and You Know It)
If there's blue on your shoes stand up quick,
If there's blue on your shoes stand up quick.
If there's blue on your shoes,
If there's blue on your shoes,
If there's blue on your shoes stand up quick!


Of course you can change the article of clothing and the action you do to extend the song or to include others that have blue somewhere else.)


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