With Halloween approaching, I thought it would be the perfect time to do a Learning About the Color Black Theme with my toddler.
We read the book The Little Penguin (affiliate link) by A.J Wood. It’s a cute book about a little penguin who hatches from an egg and wants to be a big penguin with sleek, shiny feathers. He wanders off on his own and is sad because he starts to lose all his feathers. In the end, he gets the shiny, sleek feathers just like he wanted.
My son gathered and counted all the penguins he had. He read the book again by himself and matched his penguins to the book.
Earlier that day, we did a bunch of painting crafts and penguin (the one he sleeps with every night) watched while he painted everything black
He painted an egg carton black and I turned them into a bat, spider, and a black cat. This is also a fun Halloween craft!
He also painted an entire piece of paper black and when it dried, I traced his hands & a foot to make a spooky bat craft.
Our last painting project is this Thumbprint Art project where I turned my son’s thumbprints into different black-colored animal & insects.
He counted dry black beans using his number boards.
Black Food Ideas
I couldn’t really think of anything for black colored foods but did happen to have black beans & oreos on hand.
Here are the Spanish words we focused on:
black = negro
penguin = pinguino
cat = gato
spider = arana
rice = arroz
beans = frijoles
And of course counting in Spanish with his number boards 🙂
Little man has been into signing again, mainly due to the show Signing Time returning to our PBS channel. Here are some signs we focused on (click the word to see the example):