Green - preschool lesson plans

Some Items that are Green:
limes, kiwi, apples, grapes, lettuce, leaves, grass, plants, go light, various veggies, frogs, some birds, Green Bay Packers, Four Leaf Clovers, money, bugs, eyes, mold, dinosaurs, Martians, slime, Franklin the Turtle, turtles, Oscar the Grouch, crocodiles, Green Eggs and Ham, trees, jello, kool aid, toad, lily pads, moss, iguanas, squash, zucchini, cucumber, peppers, spinach, peas, beans, celery, Michigan State, Greenland, pears, Statue of Liberty, parsley, basil, oregano, roofs of old buildings, boogers, gecko, newts, lizards, The Grinch, weeds, cactus, brussel sprouts, Kermit the Frog, preying mantis, Jolly Green Giant, Jack and the Beanstalk, Pickles, green onions, Moon Mist, Mountain Dew, Sprite Container, Lime Starburst, Apple Jolly Ranchers, .....

Some Useful Links:
Birds
Bugs, Bees and Butterflies
Desert
Dinosaurs
Farm
Froggy Fun
Christmas
Leaves
May Flowers
St. Patrick's Day 
Apples
Corn
Fruit
Balloons
Bubbles
Buttons 
Open Ended Art
Shapes

Find Something Green 
Have the children find something in the room that is green and have each child bring it to circle time. Have each child tell the class what they have found.

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

Paper Plate Bird Mask
Have the children paint a paper plate green. 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 green 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 green feathers to the headband. 

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

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

Cookie Cutter Painting
Put a small amount of green 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 green 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, green 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 green 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 green 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 green 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. 

Green Memory
Find stickers of green 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.

Green Sort 
Draw different kinds of green 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. 

My Favorite Green Fruit
Ask the children what their favorite green fruit is. Apples, Kiwi, Grapes!!! Graph the results.

Taste Test
Have the children try green kool aid. Ask them whether they like it or not. Record the results.

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

Green Play Doh
Have the children make a variety of items with green play doh.

Fingerprint Bugs 
(A Big Hit with my Toddlers) Supply each child with a piece of white paper and a green 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. 

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

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

Serve Green Fruit
Serve Green Fruit Snacks
Serve Green Foods
Serve Green Milk
Add a few drops of green food coloring to your milk.

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

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

Green Place mat
Have the children cut out pictures of green 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 green stickers. For younger children this provides an excellent fine motor activity.

Yarn Art
Set out a piece of yarn and a shallow container of green 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 green.

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 green yarn into the basket. Try different distances. 

Green Tracks
In a pie tin, place 3 to 5 teaspoon sized portions of different shades of green 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 Green 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 green. 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 green items. When the art is dry... attach a piece of yarn for the string. 

Bean Bag Toss
Supply the children with green 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. 

Green 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 green 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 green 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 green 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 green 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 green paint to shaving cream. Have the children use this to paint with. Not mixing the paint in will give it a special look.

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

Eye Dropper Art
You will need: watered down non-toxic green 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 green 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 green. 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 green 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 green colored glasses:
Obtain green 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 green food coloring, add 6 cups of cornflour/cornstarch to make goop. 

Mixing Colored Water
Materials: water, green 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 green to one, many drops of green to another, and none in the last. Show the children how to use the eyedropper or the pipette 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 green food coloring to the water 
add soap and a few drops of green food coloring to the water 
add green ice cubes to the water 
use green rice (add food coloring to the rice, mix and let dry) 
use green pasta (add food coloring to the pasta, mix and let dry) 
add green plastic blocks to the sand or water 

Color Hop
Cut circles or squares from green 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. 

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

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

Color Song:
Suzie is wearing green today 
Green today, green today, 
Suzie is wearing green today 
All day long 
(Substitute Suzie with a name of the child in your class, and green 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 green then 
Jump up and Down, 
Jump up and Down, 
Jump up and Down, 
If you're wearing green then 
Jump up and Down, 
Now sit back down. 

Stop and Go
Play stop and go. Color the front of a paper plate green and the back green. Attach a popsicle stick. Then have the children run around outside, turn the sign to red and yell "Stop" then flip it to green and yell "Go". For older children you can play without talking.

Red Light, Green Light
One child is it. He/she stands away from the rest of the children, with his/her back turned away them. He/she calls, "Green Light!" and the children run toward her until she says, "Red Light". He/she turns around and tries to catch anyone who is moving. If the child who is it sees someone moving, they must go back to the start line. This continues until someone runs up and tags the child who is it. The child who tags the old it becomes the new it.

Taste Test
Have the children taste various items that are green. Graph their favorites.

Lime Prints
Cut a lime in half, have the children dip the lime in paint, then press onto a piece of paper. You could also have the children press the lime into a stamp pad, then press onto paper.

Fingerprint Grapes
Supply each child with a piece of white paper and green non-toxic stamp pads. Show the child how to make fingerprints on the paper, using only one finger at a time. When finished, add stems with a black pen.

Painting with Grass
Supply the children with pieces of grass to dip in paint. Show them how to draw across a piece of paper to make a cool design.

Graph It
Graph how many students have green eyes,
How many students have a parent with a green car?
How many students are wearing green?

Cellophane Wrap Pictures
Have the children create a picture and then wrap green cellophane over the picture. 

Green Seed Shakers
You need: seeds, two paper plates (for each child) and a stapler. Have the children put some seeds on one of the paper plates (bottom side down). Next, have them place the other plate on top of the first plate (bottom side up). Help the children staple their plates together with the seeds inside. Let the children paint, use markers or crayons to decorate their shakers green.

Oscar the Grouch Paper Plate
Have the children paint a paper plate green. After the plate is dry have them glue construction paper facial features to the plate to make Oscar.

Turtle Bowl
Children can paint the outside of a paper bowl green. This is the turtles shell. Then add green construction paper feet, head and tail to the bowl. 

Pudding Finger Paint
Mix instant vanilla pudding according to the directions and paint on wax paper, add a drop or two of blue food coloring. Great for children who like to eat their art.

Green Streamers
You need: seeds, two paper plates (for each child) and a stapler. Have the children put some seeds on one of the paper plates (bottom side down). Next, have them place the other plate on top of the first plate (bottom side up). Help the children staple their plates together with the seeds inside. Let the children paint, use markers or crayons to decorate their shakers green.

Ball Splat 
You will need various balls, a large box, paper and paint. Place a 
piece of paper in the bottom of the box. Let the children dip the balls in green paint and throw them into the box. When they are finished pull out the paper and allow to dry.