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THE COLOR GRAY

“QUICK STARTS” FOR GRAY
Paint gray clouds on blue paper.
Look for gray animals in animal books.
Sing about the “Old Gray Mare”
Look for pictures of gray Battleships.

GRAY ART

 
GRAY ELEPHANTS (2)
Cut out elephant shapes from white sturdy paper.
Give your child a small brush and some gray paint.
Encourage children to paint their elephant shape gray.
 
PUSSYWILLOW PICTURES
Set out some light blue construction paper.
Using a black marking pen, draw pussywillow stems on each child’s paper.
Then set out pads of gray paint (small plate with paper towel folded on top and small amount of paint poured onto the towel)
Show children how to press their finger into the paint and then make an impression of their finger tip coming out from the stem.
Have children make four or five impressions (pussywillows) along each side of each stem.
 
GRAY MICE
Cut out small 2” gray ovals.
Set out some background paper, some glue and the gray ovals.
Have children choose 2-4 gray oval to glue onto a piece of paper.
Next, set out some small sections of gray yarn.
Have children glue a small gray tale on one end of each oval, (to make mice).
Let children finish off their mice by adding eyes to their mice.
 
MONEY RUBBINGS
Many coins are gray in color.
Glue some quarters, nickels and dimes to a heavy piece of cardboard.
Give your children some paper and a gray crayon with the paper removed.Give your children some paper and a gray crayon with the paper removed.
Have children take turns, placing their papers over the cardboard and laying their crayons sideways, making rubbings of the coins.
 
GRAY GAMES
 
GRAY ANIMALS GAME
Prepare your children for this game by reviewing animals that are gray.

Teach your children the following rhyme.

“I know an animal that is colored gray.
It moves around like this, all day!”

Let your children take turns reciting the poem and moving like a gray animal.
Other children try to guess what animal they are supposed to be.
Examples:  Hopping bunnies; scurrying mice; elephants stomping around or horses galloping.
 
NICKELS AND DIMES
Set out some nickels and dimes.
Have your children notice their color.
Then have your children count how many there are of each.
 
SILVERWARE SORT
Set out some stainless silverware, knives, spoons and forks.
Let your children take turns sorting the silverware into three piles of like pieces.

SPOON SIZE SORT
Set out a number of silver spoons of varying sizes.
Let your children take turns placing the spoons in order of smallest to largest.
 
GRAY LANGUAGE
 

GRAY ANIMAL STORIES
Read your children childhood favorites featuring gray animals.
            Little Red Riding Hood – the gray fox and grandma’s hair.
            Three Blind Mice – the mice
            Too much Noise – the mice and the elephant

 
GRAY WRITING
 
GRAY YARN LETTERS
Write large letters on paper.
Let children choose a letter.
First have them cover the letter shape with glue.
Then have them cover the shape with gray yarn pieces.

FINGERPAINTING LETTERS
Let children finger paint with gray paint.
Encourage them to finger paint letters in their paint.
 
GRAY SCULPTURES
Let children finger paint with gray paint.
Encourage them to finger paint letters in their paint.
 
GRAY SCIENCE
 
GRAY SCIENCE IDEAS
Study gray rain clouds.
Make gray paint.
Identify gray days when the sky is filled with gray clouds.
Go on a gray hunt, searching for gray items in the environment.
Study gray animals.
 
GRAY SNACKS
 
GRAY SNACK IDEA
Bake oval cookies for your children to decorate with gray frosting.  Set out black licorice for whiskers and tails.
 
GRAY SONGS & RHYMES
 

TWO LITTLE PAINT CANS

Two little paint cans, sitting on the floor.
They knocked over, when I opened the door.
As the paint mixed, I had a big surprise.
The paint turned to gray, right before my eyes!
                                    Jean Warren
 

WHEN I WANT TO MAKE GRAY PAINT
Tune:  “Yankee Doodle”

When I want to make gray paint.
I take a paper cup.
Then I add some black and white paint
And stir the paint up.

Gray is now the paint I see,
In my little cup.
I think that I will paint today,
A lot of gray stuff!
                        Jean Warren

 
THREE GRAY MICE

Tune:  “Three Blind Mice”

Three gray mice,
Three gray mice,
Oh, how nice,
Oh, how nice.
They ran around the house at night.
They found the cheese and had a bite.
The farmer’s wife turned on the light.
As three gray mice
Ran out of sight!
                        Jean Warren