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GREEN

GREEN COLLAGE PAINTINGS
Invite your children to help tear or cut green pictures out of magazines. Give them large pieces of white paper, and set out green tempera paint. Let the children brush the paint on their papers. While they are working, have them choose the pictures they want and stick them onto the wet paint to create collages.
 

SHADES OF GREEN
Pour white tempera paint into muffin tins or small cups. Show your children how to mix the white paint with green tempera to create various shades of green. Then give them small brushes or cotton swabs and let them use their new shades of green to paint designs on paper.
 
GREEN BEAN MATH GAMES

Use green jellybeans for playing these games with your group.
Place jellybeans in a zipper-top plastic bag. After estimating the number inside, count, then eat.
Number five paper bowls from 1 to 5 and set out 15 jellybeans. Take turns putting matching numbers of jellybeans into the bowls.
Figure out how many jellybeans are needed to give one to each person in the group. Count out that number, hand out the jellybeans, and enjoy.
 
GREEN SEARCH & FIND GAMES
Create one of these games for each of your children. Use a rubber stamp to make several green prints at random on a piece of white paper. Fill the rest of the paper with identical stamped-on prints in other colors. To play, have the child search for the green prints and circle them with a green crayon or marker.
 
GREEN IS FOR “GO”

From construction paper, cut out a large red circle and a large green circle. Turn the circles into signs by attaching a craft stick handle to each one. In an open area, invite your children to drive pretend cars in a large circle. As they do so, hold up the red sign to bring the drivers to a stop and the green sign to signal that they can go. Then let the children take turns holding up the signs.
 
MAKING GREEN
With your children, try these experiments to discover what happens when blue and yellow are mixed together.
Pour light corn syrup into a zipper-top plastic bag. Add drops of blue and yellow food coloring, seal the bag, and tip it back and forth to see the colors blend and turn to green.
Squeeze drops of blue and yellow food coloring onto white paper towels or coffee filters. Watch green appear as the colors blend.
 
THERE’S A COLOR WE ALL KNOW
Tune: “Old MacDonald Had a Farm”

There’s a color we all know,
G-R-E-E-N.
It’s the color that means “Go!”
G-R-E-E-N.
Oh, grass is green and lettuce is green,
Leaves and spinach and peas are green.
There’s a color we all know,
G-R-E-E-N.
Elizabeth Scofield

Continue singing about other things that are green.
 
GREEN SNACKS
Add chopped spinach to scrambled eggs. Serve after reading Dr. Seuss’s book “Green Eggs and Ham.”
Make pistachio pudding with your group.
Cut up green veggies, such as celery, bell peppers, cucumbers, and zucchini. Serve with a green dip.