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GOLD / SILVER
QUICK STARTS FOR GOLD
Set out large pretend gold coins for your children to play with.
Place child safe gold jewelry in a treasure box for your dress up area.
Add gold paint and gold glitter to your art area.
Have children make gold paper chains.
Let children hang gold tinsel on evergreen boughs.
Let children add small stick on gold bows to their art work.
Let children make bracelets using gold Chenilles.
Let your children play with large gold bells.
 
QUICK STARTS FOR SILVER
Set out large pretend silver coins for your children to play with.
Place child safe silver jewelry in a treasure box for your dress up area.
Let your children sit the table with silverware.
Let your children hang silver tinsel on evergreen boughs.
Let your children create sculptures with silver aluminum foil.
Add silver paint and glitter to your art area.
Let your children play with aluminum pie tins.
Set out a display of silver bells for your children.
  
SILVER & GOLD ART
 
SILVER AND GOLD COLLAGES
Give your children gold or silver paper plates.
Set out gold and silver collage materials, such as tinsel, sequins, ribbon pieces, foil scraps, silver baking cups and gold candy cups.
Invite your children to choose materials and glue them onto their plates to create silver and gold collages.
 
RINGS AND THINGS
Help your children trace around their hands and wrists on pieces of construction paper.  (Encourage them to spread out their fingers while you do the tracing.)
Let them use gold and silver metallic pencils or pens to draw rings and bracelets on their drawing.
Set out some gold and silver stars and sequins for add to the top of their rings for decoration.
You may also want to give them some glitter glue pens to use to add sparkle.
 
GOLD AND SILVER STARS

Set out black pieces of construction paper.
Show children how to fold the papers in half lengthwize.
Then set out scissors and have children cut through the center fold and make slits every ¾” to 1” apart.  Each slit should go down to 1” from the edge.  You may need to do this part of the activity for some children.
Next, set out 9” strips of  ¾” gold and silver ribbon.
Have children open up the black paper and alternately weave ribbon strips across the warp on their black papers.

 
SILVER BELLS
You will need cardboard egg cartons, silver paint and glitter, plus red Chenilles for this activity.
Cut the individual cups out of the egg carton and trim around the edges.
Poke a small hole in the top of each cup.
Bend one end of a chenille and then poke the other end up in the middle of the cup and out the hole.  Pull the chenille through until the bent part prevents it from going further.
Set out the cups along with some silver paint and a small box lid full of glitter.
Have children hold the cups by their handles and paint two or three bells.
While the bells are still wet have the children dip the bottom on each bell in the box of glitter.
Hang the bells up to dry.
These bells can be used as room decorations or sent home as a holiday surprise.
 
GOLD & SILVER GAMES
 

SORTING GAMES
Each day set out a gold vs. silver sorting activity for your children such as:

Sort pieces of gold and silver paper scraps.
Sort some nuts which have been painted either silver or gold.
Sort gold and silver coins.
Sort gold and silver bows.
Sort gold and silver jewelry.

 
GOLD AND SILVER MATCHING GAME
Take a long piece of 1” silver ribbon and cut it into five pieces.  Cut 1,2,3,4,and 5 inch pieces.
Now do the same for a piece of gold ribbon.
Mix up the ribbon pieces and have your children take turns sorting the pieces into one inch pieces, two inch pieces and so on.
Variation:  Have children stack each color of ribbon into stair steps going from the largest piece to the smallest.

GOLD AND SILVER SEARCH
In various places around the room, hide both gold and silver colored items, such as large jewelry pieces, silverware, or safe holiday decorations.
Set out one box covered with gold paper and another box covered with silver paper.
Invite your children to search for items and place them in the matching colored boxes.
 
   
GOLD AND SILVER STATUES
At movement time, have your children spin around and when you say “Freeze” have them turn into gold and silver statues.
 
THE GOLDEN EGG
At circle time play a game of “Hide-the-golden-egg”.


Paint a large plastic egg gold.
Have your children sit in a circle.
Choose one child to be the goose.
Everyone else hides their eyes, while the goose goes and hides the golden egg.
When the goose returns to the circle, have the other children go on an egg hunt.
The child to find the egg gets to then be the Goose.
Continue game as long as interest lasts.
 
GOLD AND SILVER LANGUAGE
 
GOLD AND SILVER STORYTIME
Select several gold and silver holiday ornaments or other objects and place them in a bag.
Sit in a circle with your children and start telling a story about the ornaments.
Then let each child in turn remove an item from the bag and name its color.
As they do, incorporate the item into your story.
Continue until everyone has had a turn.
 
GOLD AND SILVER STORIES
Look at the library for children’s stories that mention gold or silver , such as:
The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
 
 
GOLD AND SILVER WRITING
 
GOLD AND SILVER CRAYONS
Set out some gold and silver crayons and paper.
Let your children practice making letters with the special crayons.

GOLD AND SILVER CHENILLES
Set out some gold and silver chenilles.
Cut the chenilles in half.
Encourage your children to make simple letters with the chenilles.

GOLD AND SILVER SCIENCE
 
THE MOON AND SUN
Discuss the silvery moon and the golden sun with your children.
Set out some gold and silver crayons and have your children draw two pictures.  One with a silver moon and the other with a golden sun.

GOLD AND SILVER DISPLAY
Set out a display of gold and silver items.
Help your children discover some of their properties.
Are the objects bright or dull?
Are the objects hard or soft?
Are the objects light or heavy?
Etc.

GOLD AND SILVER SNACKS
 
SNACK CUPS
Serve small snacks in silver baking cups or wrapped in silver foil.
Serve small snacks in gold candy cups or wrapped in gold foil.

GOLD AND SILVER SONGS AND RHYMES

 

GOLDEN RIBBONS
Tune:  “Frere Jacques”

Golden ribbons, golden ribbons,
See them shine, see them shine.
Sparkle, sparkle, sparkle,
Glitter, glitter, glitter,
Oh, so fine; oh, so fine.
                                    Liz Ryerson

(Continue singing about other gold items.)
 

SILVER TINSELS
Tune:  “Frere Jacques”

Silver Tinsel, silver tinsel,
See it shine, see it shine.
Sparkle, sparkle, sparkle,
Glitter, glitter, glitter,
Oh, so fine; oh, so fine.
                        Liz Ryerson

(Continue singing about other silver items.)

 
DOWN AT THE MINES
Tune:  “Down At The Station”

Down at the mines,
Early in the morning,
See the little miners
Marching in so bold.

See their lighted helmets,
See their picks and shovels,
Off they go searching
For silver and gold.
               Jean Warren
 

                       

SILVER MOON
Silver moon, silver moon
Shinning over head.
Silver moon, silver moon
Time to go to bed!
             Jean Warren

                       

 
GOLDEN SUN
Golden sun, golden sun
So far away.
Golden sun, golden sun
Time to start the day!
                Jean Warren
 

                       

SILVER BELLS
Tune:  “Jingle Bells”

Silver Bells, silver bells
Ring them loud and clear.
Silver Bells, silver bells
Bring Christmas cheer.

Ring them high, ring them low,
Ring them ‘round and ‘round.
What a lovely time of year
When silver bells you hear.
                    Jean Warren

                       

 
I LOVE SILVER BELLS
Tune:  “Three Blind Mice”

Bells, bells, bells,
I love bells,
Silver bells
They’re so swell.
Some are small and “ting-a-ling”.
Some have handles that I swing.
Some are big and loudly ring.
I love bells,
Silver bells.
               Jean Warren
 

                       

GOLDEN EGGS
Tune:  “The Farmer In The Dell”

The farmer had a goose.
The farmer had a goose.
Heigh-ho the derry-oh,
The farmer had a goose.

The goose laid some eggs,
The goose laid some eggs.
Heigh-ho the derry-oh
The goose laid some eggs.

The eggs were solid gold.
The eggs were solid gold.
Heigh-ho the derry-oh
The eggs were solid gold.

The farmer danced around.
The farmer danced around.
Heigh-ho the derry-oh
The eggs were sold gold.
                        Jean Warren

(Have your children decide what the farmer should do with the golden eggs.)

 
SPIDER’S SILVER WEB

Tune:  “Up On The Housetop”

The little spider climbed to the top
Of the Christmas tree, then he stopped.
He spun a web around and around
Until it reached, down to the ground.

Oh, oh, oh!  Watch him go!
Oh, oh, oh!  High then low.
He left a web that was silver and bright,
Lighting the tree on Christmas night.
                               Jean Warren