Blue - preschool lesson plans
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Find Something Blue
Have the children find something in the room that is blue and have each child bring it to circle time. Have each child tell the class what they have found.

Blue Chat
Have the children name as many things they can that are blue. Write down their list.

Paper Plate Bird Mask
Have the children paint a paper plate blue. When dry have the children add feathers and a nose. Cut out holes for the eyes and add a Popsicle stick to the back of the plate near the bottom with glue.

Sponge Print
You can find already shaped sponges at most art and craft stores or you can make your own. Have your child dip the sponges into blue paint and press on a piece of paper.

Feather Headbands
Measure your child's head, and cut a piece of construction paper long enough to create a headband. Glue the paper together so the headband fits snugly on your child's head but is loose enough to take off easily. Glue the blue feathers to the headband. 

Blue Necklaces 
Have the children cut out shapes from blue construction paper. Then, have them use a hole punch to make a hole, so they can thread them onto a piece of yarn. Add blue colored noodles to the necklace.

Blue Rubbings
Cut shapes from paper doilies or sandpaper. Tape these shapes to the table. Have the children place a piece of thin white paper over the shapes and rub a blue crayon over the shape. 

Cookie Cutter Painting
Put a small amount of blue tempera paint in a large shallow container. (A pie tin works well) Show your child how to dip the cookie cutter in the paint and press onto a piece of paper to create a print. 

Kool Aid Art
Sprinkle a little dry blue kool aid mix onto a piece of paper. Have your child spray water from a spray bottle onto the paper. For added adventure, you may choose to take your children out into the rain with a piece of paper that has kool-aid on it. 

Feather Painting 
Provide each child with a feather, blue paint and paper. Ask the children paint a picture using the feather as a paint brush. 

Balloon Prints
In a pie tin, place three to five teaspoon sized portions of different shades of blue tempera paint evenly spaced about the area. Inflate a small balloon to a size which will easily fit in the palm of your child's hand. Show your child how to "dip" the balloon in the paint and press firmly onto a piece of paper. Let your child mix the colors, or use one color at a time. This is messy, but the results are wonderful.

Stamping Patterns
Use rubber stamps with blue ink to create a simple pattern on the top half of a piece of paper. Ask your child to help you recreate the pattern on the bottom half of the paper. Tip: Start with one stamp, and have your child pick which stamp you used. Start slowly and work your way up to more complicated patterns.

Picture Matching 
Find stickers of blue items. Place 2 identical stickers on the left and right sides of an index card. Cut the index in half, cut in a jig-jag form. Use a highlighter to highlight the edges. Do this with many different stickers. Have the child match the stickers, and line up the two halves of the index card.

Blue Memory
Find stickers of blue items. Place 2 identical stickers on the left and right sides of an index card. Cut the index in half, cut the index card in half. You can use these cards to play memory.

Blue Sort 
Draw different kinds of blue items and have the children sort the cards. Or you can cut out pictures and glue each onto a separate piece of paper. Have the children sort the items. 

Do You Like Blueberries?
Ask the children if they like blueberries. Graph the results.

Taste Test
Have the children try blue kool aid. Ask them if they like it. Record the results.

Lacing Cards
Cut blue poster board into shapes and punch holes around the edges. Then let your child lace yarn or a shoestring into the cards. 

Blue Play Doh
Have the children make a variety of items with blue play doh.

Fingerprint Bugs 
(A Big Hit with my Toddlers) Supply each child with a piece of white paper and a blue non-toxic stamp pad. Show the child how to make fingerprints on the paper, using only one finger at a time. When finished, add legs and antennae with a black pen, or for older children, have them add the legs and antennae. 

Blue Jar
For older children. Fill a small jar with similar blue items. Ask each child to guess how many blue items are in the jar. For younger children, limit the number of blue items to less than ten. Record each child's guess. Count the blue items.

Blue Jar 2
Provide three identical jars with pre-counted blue items of 20, 30, and 40. Label these jars 20, 30 and 40. Place 20 to 40 blue items in a fourth identical jar. Allow the children to examine all four jars before they guess. Record the children's approximations. Count the blue items. 

Serve Blueberries
Serve Blue Fruit Snacks
Serve Blue Foods
Serve Blue Milk
Add a few drops of blue food coloring to your milk.

Blue Collages 
Have the children cut out pictures of blue items from magazines, and glue them onto a piece of paper for a collage. 

Blue Collage 
Allow your child to use scraps of blue items to create a collage. They can use blue ribbons, lace, yarn, paper, gift wrap, cellophane, tissue paper and whatever other materials you may have. 

Blue Place mat
Have the children cut out pictures of blue items from magazines. Have the children glue the pictures onto a piece of paper. Laminate the paper and use for a place mat.

Sticker Art
For a very simple art project, supply the children with a piece of paper and blue stickers. For younger children this provides an excellent fine motor activity.

Yarn Art
Set out a piece of yarn and a shallow container of blue paint . Have the child dip the yarn in one color of paint, and run it across the paper. Use a new piece of string for a different shade of blue.

Yarn Ball Toss 
Place a masking tape line on the floor. Set a laundry basket on the floor. Have your child stand on the line, then throw a ball of blue yarn into the basket. Try different distances. 

Blue Tracks
In a pie tin, place 3 to 5 teaspoon sized portions of different shades of blue tempera paint evenly spaced about the area. Supply the children with washable toy cars that have wheels that roll. Have the children dip the wheels in the paint and roll across the paper. 

Fingerprint Blue Balloons
Put a small amount of tempera paint in a small shallow container. (The metal lid of a juice bottle works well) Show your child how to dip his/her finger in the paint and make a fingerprint on a piece of paper. (Alternative: Use a non-toxic ink pad) have your child make several fingerprints in several different shades of blue. After the paint dries, have your child draw strings on the fingerprints as if they were balloons. (Alternative: glue on string or yarn.)

Balloon Paper
Cut out a balloon shape from a big piece of paper. Have your child decorate the balloon with a variety of blue items. When the art is dry... attach a piece of yarn for the string. 

Bean Bag Toss
Supply the children with blue bean bags and a laundry basket. Place a piece of masking tape on the floor for a throw line. The distance from the basket to the line should vary with abilities. Have the children throw the bean bags into the basket. 

Blue Bowling
Obtain 10 half gallon milk cartons, or 2 liter bottles. Fill the bottles about 1/8 full with water and seal the lid. Then, decorate the bottles with blue items. Set the bottles up like they were bowling pins and have the children roll a ball to try to knock them over. If they don't knock over easily, remove some of the water.

Bubble Art
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Supply the children with a bowl with bubble mix in it and a straw with a hole near the top to prevent children from sucking the soap up. Have the children blow into the straw while it is in the bowl creating bubbles. Then, have the child place a drop of food coloring on the top of the bubbles and quickly press a piece of paper on the top of the bubbles to create bubble prints. 

Torn Paper Art
Draw any shape on a piece of paper, or let the children make their own shapes. Provide the children with blue paper to tear and glue onto another piece of paper. 

Lego Prints
In a pie tin, place 3 to 5 teaspoon sized portions of different shades of blue paint evenly spaced about the area. Supply the children with a variety of Duplo blocks to dip in the paint and press onto the paper to make prints.

The oh so popular MESS FREE Marble Painting
First you need a large plastic container with a lid. (I used a shallow peanut butter container.) Next cut out paper that will fit in the lid of the container. Place a few drops of paint into the container with a few marbles (be sure to observe carefully as marbles are a choking hazard) then place a very small amount of paint on the lid and pre-cut paper on the paint. (I use the paint to make the paper stick to the lid.) Place the lid on the container, flip and have the children shake. When finished, remove paper and allow to dry, and place a clean piece of paper in the lid for the next child. 

Fruit Loops Art
Have the children use the blue Fruit Loops to create a picture.

Fruit Loops Sort
Have the children sort the Fruit Loops by color.

Shaving Cream Art 
Add a few drops of blue paint to shaving cream. Have the children use this to paint with. Not mixing the paint in will give it a special look.

Blue Water
Add a few drops of blue paint to your water table. This will make your water pink. 

Eye Dropper Art
You will need: watered down non-toxic blue paint, paper, pipettes and straws. Supply each child with a straw and a piece of paper. Allow the children to use the pipette (or medicine dropper NOT GLASS) to place a small amount of paint onto a piece of paper. Then, have them use the straw to blow the paint around their picture. 

Noodle Necklaces
Supply the children with pasta noodles that have been dyed blue and yarn. Have the children thread the noodles onto the yarn to make a necklace. 

Noodle Art
Supply the children with pasta noodles that have been dyed blue. Have the children glue the noodles onto a piece of paper. 

Rainbow in a jar
Take a large glass jar, fill it 3/4 with water. Drop a single drop of blue food coloring into the jar from about a foot above the jar, so the coloring makes it's way almost to the bottom. Try different colors. 

Looking at the world through rose colored glasses:
Obtain blue cellophane wrap and many toilet paper rolls. Apply a square of the cellophane wrap to the end of the toilet paper roll and secure with a rubber band or masking tape. Each child should have one. Have the children look through the tube to see what everything looks like. You could also have five of these set up in your science area for the children to use, or bind two of the same color for binoculars. 

Goop
Mix 2 cups water with a little blue food coloring, add 6 cups of cornflour/cornstarch to make goop. 

Mixing Colored Water
Materials: water, blue food coloring, plastic eyedroppers or pipettes, white plastic egg cartons
Fill three of the spaced in your egg carton with water. Add a couple of drops of blue to one, many drops of blue to another, and none in the last. Show the children how to use the eyedropper or the pipete to move the water from one spot to another. Let them experiment with mixing the colors. 

Sand and Water Table Ideas
add a few drops of blue food coloring to the water 
add soap and a few drops of blue food coloring to the water 
add blue ice cubes to the water 
use blue rice (add food coloring to the rice, mix and let dry) 
use blue pasta (add food coloring to the pasta, mix and let dry) 
add blue plastic blocks to the sand or water 

Color Hop
Cut circles or squares from blue paper. Use contact paper to attach these to the floor. Place them in a manner where the children can hop from one shape to the next easily. 

Blue, Blue, Green!!!
Played like "Duck, Duck, Goose" except the children will say "Blue, Blue, Green". 

Mr. Blue Says:
Played just like "Simon Say" except the teacher says "Mr. Blue Says". With younger children, do not make children sit out... just say "Mr. Blue didn't say". 

Color Song:
Suzie is wearing blue today 
Blue today, blue today, 
Suzie is wearing blue today 
All day long 
(Substitute Suzie with a name of the child in your class, and blue for the color that child is wearing) Repeat the song twice and let the child dance during the song. Have the other children sing and clap along.

Color Jump Song
If you're wearing blue then 
Jump up and Down, 
Jump up and Down, 
Jump up and Down, 
If you're wearing blue then 
Jump up and Down, 
Now sit back down. 

Paper Plate Fish
Draw a triangle mouth shape on a paper plate. Have your child cut out the triangle, and have them glue it on the fish as a tail. Let your child color, paint, or use glitter, or tissue paper to decorate their fish.

Make a lake
Cut lake shapes from large pieces of construction paper. Have the children finger-paint blue.

Make a lake 2
Click here to see another image of this art Have the children paint a huge piece of butcher paper with a mixture of shaving cream and blue paint. This gives the water texture. Then have the children cut out various ocean animal shapes and glue or tape them onto the butcher paper.

Ocean Bottle
Clean out an empty plastic pop bottle. Add water, blue food coloring, and glitter, and maybe a few pebbles. Seal the bottle closed using a little hot glue, allow to completely dry before the children can play with it. Tip the bottle back and forth. roll the bottle on the floor.

Fish in the Lake
See above for making a lake instructions. Obtain bean bag fish... I got mine from the dollar store. Use masking tape to make a throw line. Set the lake (after it's dry) on the floor, an appropriate distance from the line. Have the children stand behind the line and throw the fish into the lake.

Torn Paper Raindrops
Draw a raindrop shape on a piece of paper. Have the children tear pieces of blue construction paper, and glue them inside the lines for the raindrop shape.

Raindrop Necklaces 
Supply the children with raindrop shaped stencil. Have the children cut out raindrop shapes from construction paper. Then, have them use a hole punch to make a hole, so they can thread them onto a piece of yarn.

Raindrop Rubbings 
Cut raindrop shapes from paper doilies or sandpaper. Tape these raindrops to the table. Have the children place a piece of thin white paper over the raindrops and rub a crayon over the raindrop.

Measuring rainfall
On a rainy day, set out a container to measure the rainfall. Measure how much rain fell that day. Continue to measure the rain each day, and record for a few weeks. Ask your child to predict how much water will be collected. Ask at the beginning of the day and ask when it is raining. Did their answer change?

Bean Bag Puddle Toss
You need a hula hoop (the puddle) and some bean bags. You can either set up the hula hoop on it's side or on the ground. Have your child try to throw the bean bags into the puddle.

Jump in the Puddle
Set a hula hoop on the floor. Play some music and have your child walk around the hula hoop. When the music stops, have them jump into the hoop (the puddle).

Jump Over the Puddle
Cut out puddle shapes from blue paper or newspaper (you can have the children paint it blue). They need to be small enough for the children to be able to hop over. Then set them on the floor and ask the children to take turns hopping over the puddle.

Raindrop fishing
Cut out several raindrop shapes from light blue construction paper. Write several numbers or letters on them. Have them laminated. Then place a paper clip on each raindrop. Make a fishing pole out of a dowel or pencil, string and a magnet. Place the raindrops on the floor and have the children sit in chairs around the raindrops. (This may work better with a few fishing poles.) Have the children try to catch a raindrop with the fishing pole. Then, when they catch one.. show it to them and ask what letter or number it is. Variation: For younger children you could make the raindrops different colors and ask what color is the raindrop Variation: Ask the child if they can catch the "a" or the "1"

Rain, Rain
Rain, rain, go away
Come again some other day
We want to go outside and play
Come again some other day
(Optional lyrics: change third line to say:
(child's name)'s friends all want to play

It's raining, it's pouring,
It's raining, it's pouring,
The old man is snoring.
He went to bed and he
Bumped his head
And he couldn't get up in the morning.

It Ain't Gonna Rain 
It ain't gonna rain no more, no more
It ain't gonna rain no more,
How in the heck will we wash the neck
If it ain't gonna rain no more?

If All the Raindrops 
If all the raindrops were lemon drops and gumdrops
Oh, what a rain that would be!
Standing outside, with my mouth open wide
Singing La la la la, la la la, la la la, 
If all the raindrops were lemon drops and gumdrops
Oh, what a rain that would be!

If all the snowflakes were candy bars and milkshakes
Oh, what a snow that would be!
Standing outside, with my mouth open wide
Singing La la la la, la la la, la la la, 
If all the snowflakes were candy bars and milkshakes
Oh, what a snow that would be!

If all the sunbeams were bubble gum and ice cream
Oh, what a sun that would be!
Standing outside, with my mouth open wide
Singing La la la la, la la la, la la la, 
If all the sunbeams were bubble gum and ice cream
Oh, what a sun that would be!

Raindrop Hats 
Make hats from newsprint and have the child decorate with blue paint

Raindrop Headbands
Measure your child's head, and cut a piece of construction paper long enough to create a headband. Glue the paper together so the headband fits snugly on your child's head but is loose enough to take off easily. Have the children cut out blue raindrop shapes or use stickers and glue to the headband.

Raindrop Musical Chairs
If they children made raindrop headbands, have them wear them during this activity. Arrange the chairs in a circle. If you have younger children it is best to have too many chairs. This can be a game where everyone wins. Place different color circles on each chair. Have the children walk around the chairs until the music stops. Then everyone finds a chair. Ask who is sitting on a chair with a red circle? Blue? Etc.

Raindrop Bean Bag Toss
Cut out three raindrop shapes from a piece of cardboard. Paint around the shapes with blue. When dry, prop up the cardboard and have the children play bean bag toss, trying to get the bean bags in the raindrop holes.