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Learning Colors by the Month

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The GIANT Encyclopedia of Monthly Activities For Children 3 to 6

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  • paints, crayons, and markers
  • construction paper in a variety of colors
  • tissue paper
  • glitter and sequins
  • glue
  • scissors
  • paper plates
  • sticks, yarn, and magnets


What to do

Do the following art activities with the children each month to learn about colors.

September: Cut brown basket shapes from construction paper. Ask children to color precut apple shapes green, yellow, and red. Have them glue the apples in the baskets.

October: Have the children glue autumn leaves to a drawing of a tree on the wall.

November: Make a Thanksgiving mural with the children. Encourage them to paint orange pumpkins, brown turkeys brown, yellow corn, and so on.

December: Cut out stocking shapes from green, red, and white construction paper. Have children glue colored tissue paper to the stockings.

January: Explore the colors of winter: white, gray, and silver. Provide large pieces of white construction paper. Encourage children to paint with gray and silver paint and add glitter to make winter pictures.

February: Give each child a paper plate with the center cut out. Have them glue red and pink paper hearts around the rim of the plates to make Valentine's Day door wreaths.

March: Cut out large shamrocks from light green construction paper. Invite the children to decorate their shamrocks with gold glitter. Cover with clear contact paper and use as St. Patrick's Day placemats.

April: Help children cut out yellow and light blue flower shapes from construction paper. Have them glue pastel-colored bits of tissue paper in different designs on their flowers.

May: Make a pinata by covering a grocery bag with red or turquoise papier-mache. Fill the bag with similarly colored cotton balls and tissue paper.

June: Help children make fishing poles from sticks. Help each child attach a small magnet to the end of the fishing string. Cut out fish shapes and invite the children to draw rainbows on the fish ("rainbow trout"). Glue a small magnet to each to facilitate catching.

July: Make red, white, and blue parade streamers and stars out of crepe paper. Lightly dust them with gold glitter.

August: On white construction paper, have the children paint pictures of starry, midnight blue horizons. Provide silver glitter for stars.


-Penni Smith, Riverside, CA

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