Kids love to mix paint! It's just like magic! For this activity we are going to make brown!
In this tutorial I am using a black & white Turkey image (from my Turkey and Thanksgiving activity pack) you can download this free sample below!
For this activity you will need:
B&W Turkey Image
Red Tempera paint
Yellow Tempera paint
Blue Tempera paint
A Pre-Printed B&W Image for each child
A Paint Brush for each child
1. Provide each child with their own paint brush and B&W Turkey Image.
2. Talk about how for this activity we are going to be making the color brown, and have the children practice "swirling" their paint brush on the paper.
Step 3: Place drops of Color onto each image. 3 drops of red, 3 drops of yellow and 1 drop of blue. *Note the shade of brown will vary with your paint, You may want to do a pre-mix test before the activity and adjust if necessary.
Step 4: Once everyone has their paint, encourage the children to start
swirling the colors together.
Step 5: Keep swirling ......
Step 6: and swirling some more... until the image is covered in brown paint.
You may want to print a few extra images or provide them with extra paper to re-peat the activity. You can try mixing other colors . Let them experiment mixing different colors to see what new ones they can make!
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Does the Elf on the shelf visit your Daycare? It's that time of year when many providers receive visits from their "Elf" on the Shelf. Rather than just sitting on a shelf, he (or she!) can be found engaging in all kinds of shenanigans.
Below you can find Elf on the shelf tips from childcare providers as well as 30+ examples of the precarious positions their elves have been found in.
Are you looking for a list of items you can add to your sensory table? You've come to the right spot! A sensory table or bin can be used for much more than than just scooping and pouring! It can be transformed into a vessel for children to explore all of their senses, nature and the world around them.
If you are short on space, a sensory table can be interchanged with a single bin or bowl set on a low table or the floor. Rather than a bin, you can create a sensory invitation using a tray or basket that you place on table or shelf. Smaller items can be added to childproof bottles, and tubes for younger children to explore safely.
A search on the internet for a DIY sensory bin will yield many low cost DIY options. You can easily build one from PVC piping, or simply cut a hole in low table (such as a coffee table) and slip a plastic bin inside.
Another low cost option is the table from IKEA. It's small lightweight size is great for home childcare providers with smaller spaces. The two trofast bins inside the table can be removed and stored, and the covers it comes with allow the table to be used for table top activities.
More options for sensory bins include a Baby Bath, Large Plastic Bowl, Inflatable Pool
or Dish Pan
Make clean up a breeze by adding a plastic tablecloth, shower curtain, sheet, drop cloth, butcher paper, newspaper, washable rug or mat under the table/bin. Keep a small hand broom, and dustpan near by and teach the children how to sweep with it. Keep old towels nearby for easy clean up as well.
Fill your bin with a base and include tools that will allow children to manipulate the base. These objects can also be used to improve skills such as fine motor skills, sorting, etc.
materials to use as a base
Tools to add to your sensory table/bin
Explore touch! Add a variety of different tools and textured items to explore the concepts of smooth, rough, soft, and bumpy etc.
Invite children to explore their sense of sight! Add objects and tools that allow them to explore colors, and light!
Add items and tools that allow the children to explore sounds!
Invite children to explore items that can be found in nature!
Explore the properties of liquids!
What's your favorite base or tool to add to your sensory table?
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