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THE COLOR GREEN

“QUICK STARTS” FOR GREEN
Look for green bugs outside.
Go on a green hunt, inside and outside.
Color a picture all green.
Play red light, green light.
Dress all in green.
Make green cellophane glasses.
Make green play dough.
Fringe green paper strips to make grass.
Make a book and paste in pictures of green things.
Make a green paper chain.
Make lime Jello.
Add green items to your Homemaking Area.
Count green cars while riding in the car.

GREEN ART

 
GREEN COLLAGE PAINTINGS
Invite your children to help tear or cut green pictures out of magazines.
Give them large pieces of white paper, and set out some green tempera paint.
Let the children brush the paint on their papers.
Then have them select some green pictures to place on the wet paint to create green collages.
 
SHADES OF GREEN

Pour white tempera paint into muffin tins or small cups.
Show your children how to mix the white paint with different amounts of green paint to create new shades of green.
Then, let your children use the green paint to paint a green picture.
 
GREEN 3-D SHAMROCKS
Cut out 5’ shamrock shapes from heavy green paper.
Cut out some 1” green tissue squares.
Set out small bowls of glue, and some unsharpened pencil
Give each of your children a shamrock shape and some of the green tissue squares.
Show your children how to twist a paper square around the end of an unsharpened pencil, then dip the tissue into the glue and then place it on their shamrock shape.
Have your children cover their shamrocks with the green tissue “twists”.
 
ADDITIONAL SHAMROCK ART

Can be found at the Art Station.
 
GREEN TURTLES
Cut out large turtle shapes for your children.
Have children paint their turtles green.
When the turtles are dry, let children decorate their turtles with:
  • Green glitter
  • Green stickers
 
GREEN FINGER PAINTING
Place a spoonful of yellow finger paint and a spoonful of blue finger paint on sheets of finger painting paper.
Let your children use their fingers to mix up the yellow and blue paints to make green paint.
 
GREEN GAMES
 
COUNTING JELLYBEANS
Place some jellybeans in a zipper-top plastic bag.
Have children estimate (guess) how many beans are in the bag.
Take out the beans and count them.
Share the jellybeans with your children.
 
FROG COUNT
Number five paper lily pads from 1 to 5.
Then set out 15 green plastic frogs.
Let your children take turns placing the appropriate number of frogs on each lily pad.
 
GREEN PRINT SEARCH
Use a rubber stamp to make several green prints at random on a piece of white paper.
Fill the rest of the paper with identical stamped-on prints in other colors.
To play, have your child search for the green prints and circle them with a green crayon or marker.

GREEN IS FOR “GO”
From construction paper, cut out a large red circle and a large green circle.
Turn the circles into signs by attaching a craft stick handle to each one.
In an open area, invite your children to drive pretend cars in a large circle.
As they do so, hold up the red sign to bring the drivers to a stop and the green sign to signal that they can go.
Let your children take turns holding up the signs.
 
GREEN LEAF SORT
Set out this fun shape sorting game for your children.
Collect four green leaves from four different kinds of green plants.
Set the leaves on a table.
Let your children take turns sorting the leaves into like piles.
 
“I SPY” GAME
Games like this help your children develop thinking skills.
Have your children take turns looking around and choosing a specific green object.
Then have them say “I spy something green.  Can you guess what it is?”
Have the rest of the class take turns trying to guess the object.
  Be sure there are many green objects in your room before playing the game.
 
GREEN SCIENCE
 
MAKING GREEN
With your children, try these experiments to discover what happens when blue and yellow are mixed together.
Pour light corn syrup into a zipper-top plastic bag.  Add drops of blue and yellow food coloring, seal the bag, and tip it back and forth to see the colors blend and turn green.
Squeeze drops of blue and yellow food coloring onto white paper towels or coffee filters.  Watch green appear as the colors blend.
 
ADDITIONAL GREEN DISCOVERIES
Check out “Growing Green” at the Discovery Station, under Spring Activities.
 
GREEN SNACKS
 
GREEN SNACK IDEAS
Add chopped spinach to scrambled eggs.  Serve after reading “Green Eggs & Ham”.
Make pistachio pudding.
Cut up green vegetables, (such as, broccoli, green pepper sticks, green cucumbers, green beans) and serve with spinach dip.
Serve guacamole with chips.
Make green frosting for cupcakes or cookies.
Serve honeydew melon.
Let children help you make a green salad.
Serve limeade.
 
GREEN MUSIC
 

THERE’S A COLOR WE ALL KNOW
Tune:  “OLD MAC DONALD HAD A FARM”

There’s a color we all know,
G-R-E-E-N.
It’s the color that means “Go!”
G-R-E-E-N.
Oh, grass is green and lettuce is green,
Leaves and spinach and peas are green.
There’s a color we all know,
G-R-E-E-N.