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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

    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)

    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

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