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Read book "Little Blue and Little Yellow",  experience color yellow with sense of touch;  target words in and out

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  • Read the book “Little Blue and Little Yellow” by Leo Lionni or Read/Listen here
  • It is suggested that your wash hands before beginning this activity
  • Give a child one container of a snack-size vanilla/lemon/banana pudding. Depending on the brand of pudding and its color we can refer to this as yellow pudding
  • Have the child put his finger in the yellow pudding to touch
  • Ask the child how he would say the pudding feels (squishy, yucky, smooth, etc), and then ask him to take his finger out of the yellow pudding.
  • Give the child one spoon and together empty the pudding onto a flat plate. Smooth all of the pudding onto the plate with a spoon. 
  • Ask the child to draw with one finger one capital letter A in the pudding. Use the spoon to erase it.
  • Ask the child to draw the number 1 in the pudding, beginning at the top and going down.
  • Next, have the child draw the first letter of his name in the pudding.
  • Draw a square in the yellow pudding. Have some fun drawing again capital A, number 1, the first letter of the child's name, and a square in the yellow pudding.
  • Encourage your child to participate in an experiment. Experiments help to nurture a child's curiosity.  You will need two glasses filled about half full of water and red and yellow food coloring.
  • Let your child put the water in the glasses until half full of water.  Then carefully let the child put two drops of blue food coloring in one of the glasses of water and then two drops of yellow food coloring in the other glass of water and stir with a spoon.
  • Ask the child what will happen when you mix the two colored glasses of water together in one glass.  Now let the child pour the water out of one glass and in the other glass so the two colors are together. 
  • WOW - the color green is now in the one glass.


Let the adult write in the pudding first, as an example, and have the child trace over the letter, number, or shape that you have drawn before erasing.

When doing the colored water experiment, allow the child to mix the yellow and blue waters together.  By actively being involved in experiments, a child will often remember the outcomes.


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This activity with pudding is a fun way to practice spelling words or math problems too.



What color is made when you mix yellow and blue?

Can you point to one blue item?

If you wrote a story, what would be the title and why?

Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Square
  • Color - Yellow
  • Number - One, 1
  • Alphabet Letter - A, E
  • Senses - Touch
  • Character Trait - Caring
  • Target Words - In, Out, Empty, Full

Monthly Proverb

Swedish - The best place to find a helping hand is at the end of your own arm.

Did You Know?

Children who are not ready for kindergarten often have trouble succeeding in school. Those who do poorly in school are more likely to need to repeat classes, need special education, drop out of school, become teen parents, and get into trouble with the law. As adults, drop-outs have trouble making a living wage, and are at risk of poverty and homelessness

From Plan for the Washington Early Learning System – Draft 12/1/09 (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 2005; Isaacs, 2008).

Books to Read

"The Mitten"
by Jan Brett (Activity 22)

"Little Blue and Little Yellow"
by Leo Lionni (Activity 8)

"How Kind"
by Mary Murphy (Activity 12)

"Little Blue and Little Yellow" VIDEO
by Leo Lionni (Activity 8)

"The Mitten" VIDEO
by Jan Brett (Activity 22)

"How Kind" VIDEO
by Mary Murphy (Activity 12)

Music Playlist

"The Hokey Pokey"
by Music for Little People Choir from album Toddlers Sing Playtime (Children) (Activity 14)

"Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major, K448 II."
Andante by Alicia de Larrocha from album Mozart: Concerto & Sonata for 2 pianos (Classical) (Activity 20)

"ABC (The Alphabet Song)"
from album Dora the Explorer (Children) (Activity 1)

"The Hokey Pokey" VIDEO
by The Learning Station (Activity 14)

"Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major, K448, II. Andante" VIDEO
by Mozart (Activity 20)

"ABC (The Alphabet Song" VIDEO
by Dora the Explorer

Monthly Materials List

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Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

Select one poem for child to memorize this month and recite it at bedtime plus one song/fingerplay to learn. Here are two examples:

My NAME Song

(Activity 25 Month 1 - Sung to tune of BINGO)

There was a family had a child

and Carly (insert child's name) was her name.

C - A - R - L - Y C - A - R - L - Y C - A - R - L - Y (spell child's name)

And Carly (insert child's name) was her name

Kind To Others

(Activity 13 Month 1 - Fingerplay)

5 little children

Standing in a row ( hold up 5 fingers)

They are kind to others

Everywhere they go. (walk hand in front of body)

I am one of the children (point to self)

Standing in a row (hold up 5 fingers)

I'll be kind to others (point to self)

Wherever I go. (walk hand in front of body)

(This fingerplay works as a reminder to a child to be kind in any situation- without saying a word. Just walk hand in front of body to silently signal a child to remember to be kind or use actual sign language for the word kind.)