Orange - preschool lesson plans
Things that are orange:
Oranges, Zoe (snickers...) from Sesame Street, peaches,
Fall leaves, Clown fish, construction signs, tabby cats
Basketballs, orange sherbet, crayons, markers, ribbons,
pumpkins, orange juice, orange koolaid, orange pop, push-up pops,
construction cones, goldfish, carrot,
Bugs, Bees and Butterflies
Fish/Under the Sea
Find Something Orange
Have the children find something in the room that is orange and have each child bring it to circle time. Have each child tell the class what they have found.
Have the children name as many things they can that are orange. Write down their list.
Paper Plate Bird Mask
Have the children paint a paper plate orange. 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.
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 orange paint and press on a piece of paper.
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 orange feathers to the headband.
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 orange yarn, paper, ribbons, or other various art materials to the headband.
Have the children cut out shapes from orange construction paper. Then, have them use a hole punch to make a hole, so they can thread them onto a piece of yarn. Add orange colored noodles to the necklace.
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 orange crayon over the shape.
Cookie Cutter Painting
Put a small amount of orange 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 orange 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.
Provide each child with a feather, orange paint and paper. Ask the children paint a picture using the feather as a paint brush.
In a pie tin, place three to five teaspoon sized portions of different shades of red 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.
Use rubber stamps with orange 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.
Find stickers of orange 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.
Find stickers of orange 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.
Draw different kinds of orange 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.
Ask the children "Do you like oranges?" Graph the results.
Have the children try a variety of orange kool aid vs orange juice. Ask them which they like the best. Record the results.
Cut orange poster board into shapes and punch holes around the edges. Then let your child lace yarn or a shoestring into the cards.
Orange Play Doh
Have the children make a variety of items with orange play doh.
(A Big Hit with my Toddlers) Supply each child with a piece of white paper and a red 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.
For older children. Fill a small jar with similar orange items. Ask each child to guess how many orange items are in the jar. For younger children, limit the number of orange items to less than ten. Record each child's guess. Count the orange items.
Orange Jar 2
Provide three identical jars with pre-counted red items of 20, 30, and 40. Label these jars 20, 30 and 40. Place 20 to 40 red items in a fourth identical jar. Allow the children to examine all four jars before they guess. Record the children's approximations. Count the orange items.
Serve Oranges or Peaches
Serve orange Fruit Snacks
Serve orange Milk
Add a few drops of orange food coloring to your milk.
Serve Orange Juice
Try Orange Sherbet for a treat
Have the children cut out pictures of orange items from magazines, and glue them onto a piece of paper for a collage.
Allow your child to use scraps of orange items to create a collage. They can use orange ribbons, lace, yarn, paper, gift wrap, cellophane, tissue paper and whatever other materials you may have.
Orange Place Mat
Have the children cut out pictures of orange items from magazines. Have the children glue the pictures onto a piece of paper. Laminate the paper and use for a place mat.
For a very simple art project, supply the children with a piece of paper and orange stickers. For younger children this provides an excellent fine motor activity.
Set out a piece of yarn and a shallow container of orange 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 orange.
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 orange yarn into the basket. Try different distances.
In a pie tin, place 3 to 5 teaspoon sized portions of different shades of red 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 Orange 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 orange. After the paint dries, have your child draw strings on the fingerprints as if they were balloons. (Alternative: glue on string or yarn.)
Cut out a balloon shape from a big piece of paper. Have your child decorate the balloon with a variety of orange items. When the art is dry... attach a piece of yarn for the string.
Bean Bag Toss
Supply the children with orange 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.
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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 orange paper to tear and glue onto another piece of paper.
In a pie tin, place 3 to 5 teaspoon sized portions of different shades of orange 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 orange 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 orange paint to shaving cream. Have the children use this to paint with. Not mixing the paint in will give it a special look.
Add a few drops of orange paint to your water table. This will make your water orange.
Eye Dropper Art
You will need: watered down non-toxic red 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.
Supply the children with pasta noodles that have been dyed orange and yarn. Have the children thread the noodles onto the yarn to make a necklace.
Supply the children with pasta noodles that have been dyed orange. 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 orange 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 orange colored glasses:
Obtain orange 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.
Mix 2 cups water with a little orange food coloring, add 6 cups of cornflour/cornstarch to make goop.
Mixing Colored Water
Materials: water, red 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 red to one, many drops of yellow 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 orange food coloring to the water
add soap and a few drops of orange food coloring to the water
add orange ice cubes to the water
use orange rice (add food coloring to the rice, mix and let dry)
use orange pasta (add food coloring to the pasta, mix and let dry)
add orange plastic blocks to the sand or water
Cut circles or squares from orange 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.
orange, orange, Green!!!
Played like "Duck, Duck, Goose" except the children will say "orange, orange, Green".
Mr. orange Says:
Played just like "Simon Say" except the teacher says "Mr. orange Says". With younger children, do not make children sit out... just say "Mr. orange didn't say".
Suzie is wearing orange today
orange today, orange today,
Suzie is wearing orange today
All day long
(Substitute Suzie with a name of the child in your class, and red 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 orange then
Jump up and Down,
Jump up and Down,
Jump up and Down,
If you're wearing orange then
Jump up and Down,
Now sit back down.
Construction Sign Art
Have the children color pre-cut signs orange.
Alt. Have them paint the signs orange.
Supply each child with a piece of white paper and orange 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.
The kids can create Zoe masks from paper plates. Children can paint a paper plate orange, then glue orange yarn around the edges. Provide each child with two barrettes to clip into the "hair" of their plate. Add a Popsicle stick for a handle. After dry you can cut eye holes.
To keep this project a lot cleaner, start with an orange paper plate and just ad the yarn.
You can use Zoe stickers to decorate gift bags, the tablecloth, and the balloons.
If you have a Zoe doll you can have the children toss it into a laundry basket. At this age I would let them toss it from any distance.
Have the children mix yellow and red water to create orange.
Creating Orange 2
You can place two table spoons yellow paint and one tablespoon red paint (kids non toxic paint) into a Ziploc bag. Seal the bag and tape shut. Have the children squish the paint around until it is orange. (they could use this paint for their masks...)
Place a soft orange object (bean bag or soft stuffed toy) on a blanket or parachute. Have the children shake the blanket till the object flies off.
Use the tops of carrots to paint.
Grow a Carrot
Cut off the top of a carrot. Place the top into a shallow dish of water. Place in sunlight and keep watered.
Cut an orange in half and have the children dip in paint and press onto paper for orange prints.
How many seeds?
Have the children guess how many seeds will be in your orange. Record their answers. Dissect the orange and count.
Parts of an orange
Talk about the parts of an orange. What shape is it? How does it feel on the outside? How is the inside different from the outside?
Cheese is orange....
Have the children taste different kinds of cheeses.
Set out some orange cones to be a part of an obstacle course. Try to use as many orang things as possible as part of the course.
Print up some construction signs on orange paper and place them in your block area. Encourage children to wear hard hats when building.
You will need a basketball, a large box, paper and paint. Place a
piece of paper in the bottom of the box. Let the children dip the balls in the paint and drop them into the box. When they are finished pull out the paper and allow to dry.
Apple Jacks Cereal Art
Have the children glue apple jacks onto a piece of paper. You could use orange paper, or draw a shape for them on the paper.
Orange Shaving Cream Art
Add a few drops of red and yellow (2 yellow to 1 red) food coloring to shaving cream. Mix a little. Have the children use this to paint with.
Apple Jacks Necklaces
Have the children string the orange Apple Jacks onto a piece of yarn and tie for a necklace.
Cut out several shapes from orange construction paper. Write several numbers or letters on them. Have them laminated. Then place a paper clip on each shape. Make a fishing pole out of a dowel or pencil, string and a magnet. Place the shapes on the floor and have the children sit in chairs around the shapes. (This may work better with a few fishing poles.) Have the children try to catch a shape 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 ask what shape they have
Variation: Ask the child if they can catch the "a" or the "1"
Orange 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, or use glitter, or tissue paper to decorate their fish orange.
Orange Paper Plate Fish 2
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. Cut up pieces of tissue paper that bleeds in orange, red and yellow. A small amount of other colors is okay. Have the children place the tissue paper on the plate. Then have the children brush water onto the tissue paper. Allow to dry. When dry remove the tissue paper to reveal a beautiful orange fish.
Orange Punches Collage
Have the children glue orange shapes onto a piece of paper.