I started doing learning colors crafts/activities with my toddler a couple of weeks ago. I chose to start with the color green since he knows all the basic colors but for some reason thinks green is yellow and vice versa.
He wore his green camouflage jogging suit all day while we did green crafts and activities. First, we went on a scavenger hunt to collect various green colored items from around the house: 2 green circles and 2 green hands from our art projects we were making, a stuffed bear, a small pillow, a Kleenex box, a Dr Seuss book, a big green pillow, and a green step (for exercising). My son seems to always be jumping around pretending to be a frog, so I lined up all the green colored items in a row with spaces in between so he could hop over each as if he were a frog. Think he was tired after all that jumping? Uh-uh! He has an endless amount of energy!
We made 2 green-themed art projects simultaneously: a handprint frog and a paper plate turtle. Head on over to our handprint blog to see how we made this adorable handprint frog craft.
How to make the paper plate turtle:
My son painted a paper plate with green paint to create the shell. I cut green construction paper into small squares which he glued to the turtle’s shell. You could also have them tear a strip into smaller pieces to make a fun sensory activity for them. I also cut the turtle’s body parts and glued them on. Older toddlers could do this part themselves.
I would love to say that for our green-themed day that he ate all the wonderful green veggieslike broccoli, green beans, peas, zucchini. Those go straight to the floor while he picks out all the stuff he likes to eat instead! He loved green veggies as a baby so I am hoping that it is just a phase…. one can hope, right?! Instead, he made a collage with clip art of green vegetables and fruit.
On the other hand, my son love to eat green colored fruit. For a snack, he had a pear and the day before, he ate green grapes. He ate lunch on his green plate – it also has frogs on it! The only green item on his plate was avocado. He LOVES avocado! I have gotten many funny looks from family and friends, but it’s actually a perfect 1st baby food!
Click to see the following words in American Sign Language
We practiced these words:
- green (my little guy still struggles with this one)
- grapes (this is one of his all time faves to sign!)
I also incorporated a few Spanish words into our theme:
- green= verde
- frog= rana
- turtle= tortuga
- grapes= uvas
- vegetables= verduras
- fruit= fruta
- pear= pera