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Preschool Homeschool Curriculum: Color Gray Lesson Plan

Stormy Skies Sponge Painting

Objective: To learn about the color gray

Message: Black and white make gray.

Book(s):

  • Gray as a Dolphin by Molly Dingles
  • Gray by Patricia M. Stockland

Music: “Old Gray Mare” (EFF 99) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsByJy9wB-I)

The old gray mare
She ain’t what she used to be
She ain’t what she used to be
She ain’t what she used to be
The old gray mare
She ain’t what she used to be
Many long years ago
Many long years ago
Many long years ago
The old gray mare
She ain’t what she used to be
Many long years ago

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Fine Motor Skills:

  • CCBS page 30
  • LLCS pages 20-21

Gross Motor Skills: “Gray Squirrel” (CDC 282)

Gray squirrel, gray squirrel (Place hands on bent knees)
Swish your bushy tail (Wiggle bum)
Gray squirrel, gray squirrel (Place hands on bent knees)
Swish your bushy tail (Wiggle bum)
Wrinkle up your funny nose (Wrinkle nose)
Hold an acorn in your toes (Pinch index finger and thumb together on both hands)
Gray squirrel, gray squirrel (Place hands on bent knees)
Swish your bushy tail (Wiggle bum)

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Craft/Activity: Stormy Skies Sponge Painting

Materials

  • Black and white paint
  • Plastic spoon
  • Blank paper
  • Empty container
  • Scrap cardboard
  • Sponge
  • Scissors

Directions

  • Cut the sponge into cloud shapes with the scissors.
  • Pour some black paint and some white paint into the empty container.
  • Stir the paint with the spoon until mixed into the color gray. Add more of either color to change the hue of the gray.
  • Dip the sponge clouds into the paint and then onto the paper.
  • Optional: Continue adding black or white paint to the mixture to change the darkness of the gray. Layer the different colors of clouds on the paper.

References

Comprehensive Curriculum of Basic Skills (Grade P). 2011. American Education Publishing. ISBN 978-1-60996-328-6
Let’s Learn Colors & Shapes (2+). 2011. Spectrum Early Years. ISBN 978-1-60996-201-2
Schiller, Pam and Pat Phipps. The Complete Daily Curriculum for Early Childhood (Revised). 2011. Gryphon House. Inc. ISBN 978-0-87659-358-5

Image Credits

Stormy Skies Sponge Painting © 2014 Heather Johnson

Written by Heather Johnson

Heather is a writer, librarian, linguist, wife, and mother who loves her husband, children, dogs, and cats. She has a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in creative writing and master's degrees in library and information science and English studies with a concentration in linguistics.

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