months to 6 years old:
* When children love a cartoon and/or TV character this
gives us a great opportunity to use this character for fun
* Barney or Baby Bop is going
to help our children to have fun with purple and green today and
to recognize the letter B b.
* These images were selected
because they are quite large and perfect for young children: 18
months to 6 years old.
* Don't limit this activity
to just crayons or markers.
* Place a paper plate filled with
other items to decorate the page, here are some suggestions:
*18 months to 2 year olds: You may want to use vanilla pudding or
yogurt, add food coloring to make purple and green -- you have
safe edible finger paint.
For children 2+ and older:
* After viewing a Barney TV episode, video, reading a book or story
online, proceed to introduce this activity.
* Ask the child which image s/he would prefer for the
activity: Barney or Baby Bop.
*Print the image and proceed to
demonstrate how to write a large letter Bb (upper & lower
case) inside the body of the image with a black marker.
Discuss that B is the first letter in Barney and Baby Bop.
Encourage child to trace the letter with a finger. Children
3.5 plus can try to trace with a crayon or marker.
*Idea #1: Make a Mosaic.
Depending on the age you may have to assist with scissor cutting.
Child can cut up purple and green
construction paper or tissue paper in medium pieces, and brush diluted white glue
over the coloring page. Glue the pieces in mosaic
pattern. Suggest to place purple and green pieces in
right areas of the body.
*Idea #2: Paint and Learn How Purple and Green are Obtained.
Demonstrate how purple and green are obtained by mixing red
& blue, and green is obtained by mixing yellow &
blue. Use two paper plate to make the demonstration and then use these for painting the image.
*Idea #3: Decorate with Toilet Paper & Sponge
Cut up white toilet paper and glue onto the coloring page image, then sponge
paint over the tissue paper.
Make sure to show the child the sponging technique. Using a
pressing and lifting motion. Discuss how this technique
creates a different texture.
*Hand Puppet or Wall Decoration using decorated image:
1. If you printed on card
stock or glue the image to card board, Barney or Baby Bog
can easily become a hand puppet for story time. Cut around the
finished image and glue a craft stick (Popsicle) or add a string
or ribbon to hang on the wall.
*Tip: Save and use the puppet
or hanging decoration for future activities. You can add
other items to the image by cutting a hat for a holiday or other
item, such a small basket of Easter eggs, or a pumpkin for the
Fall. You can obtain these decorations from other coloring
pages or drawing simple ones that the child can color and
*Remember to write child's name
with dots on the coloring page and have the child try to connect
the dots (on the front or the back of the and puppet/decoration.