I planned our “green week” to coincide with St. Patrick’s Day. My original thought was to fill our sensory box with coins, shamrocks, and other holiday items, but then I realized I didn’t want to buy a bunch of trinkets that we only usable once/year. So I tried to use only things we had around the house.
Color Learning Tip #2: Instead of saying, “this is a green ball”, say “this ball is green”. Putting the noun first ensures the child focuses his attention on the correct object, so that he can then focus on the attribute (in this case green). If you say “green” first, the child is looking around for “a green”.
A really interesting study…read more here.
- Stacking blocks
- Counting bears
- Flash card
- Teething ring
- Ball pit ball
Total Spent: $0 (I had a large bag of rice leftover from making rice heat packs).
1. Brown Bear, Brown Bear. Can you even survive parenthood without this book? We have 4 copies: my copy from when I was a kid, a small board book, a slide-and-find book, and the Kindle version. Of course, this teaches all colors, but Matty’s favorite is the green frog, so I included it here. Ribbit.
2. Green. This book is parent-friendly and kid-friendly. Exploring all shades of green, this book provides wonderful pictures depicting sea green, forest green, forever green (planting a tree!), cut-outs that lend to the imagination, and a positive message that’s about more than just colors, without being too in-your-face. I can’t recommend it enough!
3. Do You Like Green Eggs and Ham? Another classic. Matty liked it because it included “not” a lot, and that means the same thing as “no”, which is his favorite word. We cook eggs most mornings, and now he likes to scream “green” at them; thankfully, he hasn’t actually insisted on having green eggs (though that could be fun).
1. Tissue Paper Shamrock Mosaic. Could do any shape!
2. Green Playdough
3. Baking–green spinach cupcakes
4. Try these Green Fruit Kabobs!
5. Get started with Green Smoothies
6. Green Markers (a treat!)
7. Stickers–look for frogs, leaves, alligators, dinosaurs
8. Snow Painting
9. Stars & Dots. Place two shapes a distance apart–run from one shape to the other, or hop like a bunny, or jump like a frog, or crawl like a bear, or march, or walk backwards, or go really, really fast, or go really, really show…the possibilities are endless! I found these felt shapes in the craft section at Walmart for $.97 each.
He knows green! I didn’t really think he cared to know until I was writing this post with him next to me, and he started pointing at the screen yelling “geen”.
Any other tried-and-true movement learning games? We are not getting any Spring weather in Ohio yet, so we’re still trapped indoors.