Week of Play: The Color Blue
This week we learned all about the color BLUE! It was a week full of the ocean, Cookie Monster, and denim. Blue is just one of those colors that bring a sense of peace. For me, blue always brings me to the ocean, the sky, and the lovely outdoors. While H is still a bit stuck on the color green, he slowly warmed up this new color as I introduced some fun, hands-on blue activities!
Week 5: The Color Blue
This is what our week of blue looked like:
Blue Books of the Week
The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse by Eric Carle
This is an Eric Carle book that I was not familiar with at first, but I love this story for teaching not only about the color blue, but also about creativity. The story is about an artist who paints animals different colors. All the colors he paints the animals are not typically how that animal is portrayed.
The horses are blue and the lions are green. This is an excellent story to teach little ones about the importance of creativity and thinking outside of the box. It is also the perfect book to pair with a painting activity: “Paint the Horse Blue” (activity description can be found below). Read-aloud can be found here.
Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle
This is a classic and another perfect book for blue week. There are lots of books in this series, but I am linking to the original one. This story is perfect for teaching animal sounds! Hudson especially loves how little blue truck goes “beep!”
Blue Hat, Green Hat by Sandra Boynton
Boynton is one of my favorite children’s authors. Her stories are perfect for baby and toddlers. They typically are not super wordy and have super fun and engaging illustrations. Even though it is perfect for little ones, I always find her books to be deeply entertaining. This particular book is excellent not just for the color blue, but also for teaching all colors and clothes! Throughout the simple story, it follows a confused turkey that has trouble figuring out how to properly put clothes on. This is a good one.
If you have a train-obsessed toddler, like me, reading some Thomas the Train books is a must during blue week. I am linking to an electronic reader book set we have that is intended for slightly older children; however, we don’t use the electronic part. I just read some of the different stories to Hudson, and he really enjoys them! This set will eventually be helpful when he is beginning to learn to read on his own.
Blue Sensory Bin
There were a lot of fun things in our blue bin this week that made playing even more fun.
This week’s bin consisted of: blue trash bins, big legos, foam shapes, blocks, train tracks, Thomas trains (lots of them), letters, balls, envelopes, wooden blocks, daddy shark puzzle piece, popsicle sticks, pom poms, and a few other random things.
We had so many Thomas trains that we played a lot with trains in the morning time. We built tracks using only the blue pieces and had the Thomas trains race down!
Monday: Paint Cookie Monster Blue + Cookie Counting Activity
To start off blue week, we did a couple activities around our favorite blue, cookie-loving monster…Cookie Monster!
For this paint setup, all you need is:
- Coloring sheet of Cookie Monster (we used this one)
- Blue paint
- Paint brush
- An easel setup (optional)
Once H painted Cookie Monster as much as he wanted, I helped him fill in the white spaces. Once it dried, I cut it out so he could hold and play with it.
In the afternoon, we continued with the Cookie Monster theme and did a really simple counting activity.
For this cookie counting activity, all you need is:
- Blue cupcake liner
- 2 big googley eyes
- Black construction paper cut out like a smile
- White card stock
- 4 small cookies (I use the ones from the tub at Trader Joe’s)
- Blue marker
To construct this simple Cookie Monster craft, glue a blue cupcake liner on left side of card stock. Glue eyes and mouth on top. With the marker, write out numbers 1-4 (or whatever amount you would like to work on with your little one).
Before I brought out the cookies, I explained to H that we were going to spend a couple minutes practicing counting. I clearly told him he had to first practice with me and then he could eat the cookies. This definitely grabbed his attention and made him much more invested and excited to get the counting done, so he could gobble up the cookies.
At this age, it is important to keep learning super fun and light. We ran through the numbers 1-4 a few times as we counted the 4 cookies on the paper. I then let him eat them! Fun and simple and a great way to introduce counting.
Tuesday: Ocean in A Bottle
The ocean is definitely one of our favorite blue things. After a morning visit to the beach, I set up a ocean in a bottle activity for H in the afternoon. It is really simple and results in a fun sensory play for little ones to shake and play with after.
All you need is:
- Empty water bottle
- Water dyed blue (I used a blue bath tab)
- Sand and shells we had lying around (optional)
- Blue pom-poms (we pretended these were fish)
- Glitter (optional)
- Tape for sealing
This is a good activity to have setup before your little one is up! It is also a great activity to practice pouring skills. With a little help, H used the funnel to pour the blue water into the water bottle. He then threw in the different items he wanted in his bottle. Once he was finished, I put the cap back on and sealed it with tape. Then, your little one can shake and play with the bottle! It turned out really pretty and it was fun to watch the sand flow throughout the blue water.
Wednesday: Blue Sand Art
With some of the extra sand I had lying around, I decided to dye it blue. This made for a really fun sand art activity.
For this activity, all you need is:
- Blue Dye
- White card stock
To make the sand blue, simply place sand in sealed zip lock bag, add a few drops of blue dye, and incorporate dye into the sand. Keep adding dye until the sand is the color blue you prefer.
H really enjoyed playing with the blue sand. I let him play with it a bit and then, using the glue I made a wave design on the paper. H really enjoyed using the spoon to scoop the sand onto the paper. This is a great activity to practice transferring skills.
The end result of our blue sand waves turned out really fun!
Thursday: Paint The Horse Blue Activity (based off of an Eric Carle book)
For this activity, we used the Eric Carle book I mentioned in the book section, The Artist Who Painted A Horse Blue.
This was an Eric Carle book I was unfamiliar with, but we both really enjoyed it. The blue horse is the familiar horse from the beloved Brown Bear, Brown Bear.
For this blue horse activity, all you need is:
- The book (we were not able to get a copy in time, so we listened to the read-aloud version on Youtube).
- Printer paper
- A copy of the book or Brown Bear, Brown Bear (use the book to trace the horse)
- Blue paint
- Paint brush
Friday: Blue Chia Sensory Play with Boats
Chia seeds make for really fun sensory play! The texture is slick and slimy, without all of the mess and stickiness of regular slime.
For this sensory bin, all you need is:
- 1 cup chia seeds
- 4 cups water + a little extra to top it off
- 12 drops of blue food coloring
- Toy boats
- Bowl of water
Simply, combine water, chia seeds, and food coloring in a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours (ideally overnight). Take out of the refrigerator and fill the mixture into a tray for your little one to play with. Place a bowl of water and the boats out for little ones to use for play. I added a bit of extra water to make the chia mixture more ocean-like.
H really enjoyed moving the boats through the chia! He especially enjoyed the bowl of water and spent most of his time sitting in it! The chia can stick on hands, so the bowl of water was helpful for this.
This can get messy, so be be careful with clothes! This is a good activity to do in diapers or bathing suites.
Saturday: Blue Collage Activity
To finish off our color week, we always make a collage of that particular color.
For this collage we used the following blue materials: letter and number stickers, popsicle sticks, foam shapes, envelope, construction paper cut into squares, pom-poms
Earlier in the week, H painted blue on blue construction paper. To reuse this piece of art, I cut it into squares and put it out as a collage material option. This is a great way to use excess art you do not have a place for!
I was making a sign for H’s birthday and had blue letter and number stickers out. H got a hold of these and decorated most of his collage with these stickers. So, this collage has its own unique look!
Blue week was a lot of fun. This a great color to explore during summer…it is perfect for water play and the ocean! Next week, we will be reviewing colors and doing some birthday-themed activities! My baby turns 2 this week!