Red - preschool lesson plans
Things that are Red:
apples, ants, stop sign
red light, lips, hearts
diamonds (on cards)
Coca-cola label, Strawberries
Target Logo, Red Pop
Fruit Punch, Roses
Cardinal, American Red Cross
Detroit Red Wings, Red Sox
Red Peppers, Canadian Flag
Stripes on American Flag
Clifford, Ladybugs, Tomato
Candy Canes, Santa's Clothes
Christmas Stockings, fire trucks, fire hydrants
Red Crayons, markers, and paint
Find Something Red
Have the children find something in the room that is red 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 red. Write down their list.
Paper Plate Bird Mask
Have the children paint a paper plate red. 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 red 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 red feathers to the headband.
Have the children cut out shapes from red construction paper. Then, have them use a hole punch to make a hole, so they can thread them onto a piece of yarn. Add red colored noodles to the necklace.
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 red crayon over the shape.
Cookie Cutter Painting
Put a small amount of red 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 red 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, red 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 red 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 red 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 red 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 red 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 Red Fruit
Ask the children what their favorite red fruit is. Graph the results.
Have the children try a variety of red kool aid. Ask them which they like the best. Record the results.
Cut red poster board into shapes and punch holes around the edges. Then let your child lace yarn or a shoestring into the cards.
Red Play Doh
Have the children make a variety of items with red play doh.
Obtain many round rocks. Show the children what ladybugs look like. Have the children paint the rocks with red paint. Then carefully add a line down the middle, and spots with black paint. If the rocks are smaller... you can glue a magnet on the bottom, and use it on a refrigerator.
Provide each child with a red circle. Have them draw as many black dots as they would like on one side. Have the child count the dots on the paper and write the number on the other side.
Provide the children with a paper plate, have the children paint or color the plate red. Have them add the dots by tearing pieces of black paper, using a non-toxic ink pad (fingerprints), black dabbers, or black crayons.
(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.
Paper Plate Ladybugs
Have each child paint a paper plate red. After the paint dries have the child add black spots of paint or paper on the back of the lady bug.
For older children. Fill a small jar with similar red items. Ask each child to guess how many red items are in the jar. For younger children, limit the number of red items to less than ten. Record each child's guess. Count the red items.
Red 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 red items.
Have the children make ladybugs. Chart the number of dots each ladybug had that the children made. Who had the most, least....?
Serve Red Fruit
Serve Red Fruit Snacks
Serve Red Foods
Serve Red Milk
Add a few drops of red food coloring to your milk.
Have the children cut out pictures of red items from magazines, and glue them onto a piece of paper for a collage.
Allow your child to use scraps of red items to create a collage. They can use red ribbons, lace, yarn, paper, gift wrap, cellophane, tissue paper and whatever other materials you may have.
Red Place mat
Have the children cut out pictures of red 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 red stickers. For younger children this provides an excellent fine motor activity.
Set out a piece of yarn and a shallow container of red 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 red.
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 red 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 Red 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 red. After the paint dries, have your child draw strings on the fingerprints as if they were balloons. (Alternative: glue on string or yarn.)
99 Red Balloons
Have the children dance to the song "99 Red Balloons" aka "99 Luft Balloons" by Nena
Cut out a balloon shape from a big piece of paper. Have your child decorate the balloon with a variety of red items. When the art is dry... attach a piece of yarn for the string.
Bean Bag Toss
Supply the children with red 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.
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 red 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.
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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 red 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 red 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 red 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 red 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 red paint to your water table. This will make your water pink.
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 red 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 red. 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 red 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 red 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 red 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 red 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 red food coloring to the water
add soap and a few drops of red food coloring to the water
add red ice cubes to the water
use red rice (add food coloring to the rice, mix and let dry)
use red pasta (add food coloring to the pasta, mix and let dry)
add red plastic blocks to the sand or water
Cut circles or squares from red 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.
Red, Red, Green!!!
Played like "Duck, Duck, Goose" except the children will say "Red, Red, Green".
Mr. Red Says:
Played just like "Simon Say" except the teacher says "Mr. Red Says". With younger children, do not make children sit out... just say "Mr. Red didn't say".
Suzie is wearing red today
Red today, red today,
Suzie is wearing red 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 red then
Jump up and Down,
Jump up and Down,
Jump up and Down,
If you're wearing red then
Jump up and Down,
Now sit back down.
Stop Sign Art
Have the children color pre-cut stop signs red.
Alt. Have them paint the stop signs red.
Stop and Go
Play stop and go. Color the front of a paper plate green and the back red. 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.
Red Rover for Preschool
Form two lines on opposite sides of the playground, enough room for running back and forth. The first line chooses a runner from the other line to call, saying "Red Rover, Red Rover, Let [chosen child] come over." That child runs over to the other side and joins the group. A teacher may call "Red Rover, Red Rover let everyone come over" for some real fun
Have the children sort a regular deck of cards into two piles, red and black.
They may then sort the piles into hears and diamonds. Then they can put the cards in order, 2 through 10.
Supply each child with a piece of white paper and red 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.
You can create strawberries from heart shapes by turning the heart upside down. Have the children add black seeds to the red heart shape.