For our gray day we had fun with gray books, gray songs, gray games, gray foods, gray crafts, and a gray lapbook. T enjoyed gray day because he got to sort coins and he loves to mess with money. He also got to eat Hershey’s Kisses because they are wrapped in gray (I know it’s really silver but it was hard to find gray foods)!
- Squirrelly Gray by James Kochalka
- Gray Rabbit’s 1,2,3 by Alan Baker
Song:THREE GRAY MICE
Tune: “Three Blind Mice”
Three gray mice,
Three gray mice,
Oh, how nice,
Oh, how nice.
They ran around the house at night.
They found some cheese and had a bite.
The farmer’s wife turned on the light.
As three gray mice,
Ran from sight!
Color Recognition: Show the child 3 different colored cars (include gray). Have the child point to the gray car.
Word Recognition: Print the Gray paper to use with do-a-dot markers.
Discuss: What is something gray? Mouse, shark, clouds, etc…
Gray Thunder Clouds
- Blue Construction Paper
- Black and White Paint
- Give the child a blue paper.
- Pour a little black paint and a little white paint on the paper and let the child mix them together with their fingers.
- Play Nickles
- Play Dimes
- Play Quarters
- Show them the play money. Let them examine the money and notice any differences.
- Give them 3 different containers for them to sort the coins in.
- 1 File Folder
- 3 White Construction Paper
- 2 Gray Construction Paper
- 5 Printing Paper
- Gray cut out letters or stickers for “GRAY” (I used my cricut to cut them)
- 1 Black Sharpie
- Gray crayons
- Gray paint
- 1 Paint brush
- Gray Markers
- 20 Gray Stickers (stars, circles, or any other gray stickers that you may have)
- Gray colored pencils
- Gray play dough
- Play dough tools (just a few)
- 8″x10″ Balloon pattern from cardstock
- 4″x5″ Balloon pattern from cardstock
- 1 Scissors
- 1 White balloon ribbon 3 feet long
- 4 Gray balloon ribbon 4″ long
- 1 Wall clown 4 feet long (I made mine on posterboard)
- Glue bottle
- Glue stick
- Gray glitter or gray sequence
- 1 Gray felt 4″x5″
- Hot glue gun
- 5 Gray yarn 1″ each
- 5 Gray ribbons 1″ each
- 5 Gray pom-poms
- 6 Gray buttons
Procedure:Today I decided to just do one part of the lapbook at a time instead of setting up the 6 stations at the table. This way we didn’t have to do it all at once.
- Open file folder and twice fold (fold one end toward the middle crease then fold the other end toward the middle crease) in the sides so you can open the folder in the middle with the two doors on each side.
- Glue 1 piece of white construction paper in the middle.
- Cut the 2 gray pieces of construction paper in half long-wise.
- Glue one half on each side of the open lapbook and on each side of the closed lapbook.
- Let the child complete the following activities: coloring (white printing paper with a 3″x3″ mouse drawn in the corner, gray crayons), painting (white construction paper, paint brush, gray paint), markers (white printing paper with a 3″x3″ shark drawn in the corner, gray markers), stickers (white printing paper, gray sticker), colored pencils (white printing paper with a 3″x3″ clouds drawn in the corner, gray colored pencils), play dough ( gray play dough, play dough tools).
- Let your child start with painting (so it will dry on time) and work on the other activities ending with play dough (so you will have time to cut while he plays). Child should fill as much of each paper as possible with brown (the picture and the blank space).
- While child is playing with play dough; mom will cut a 3.5″x3.5″ square around each colored picture (mouse, shark, and clouds). Save the rest of the paper for the balloons.
- Cut a piece of the white construction paper in half long-wise. Fold it in a tri-fold accordion style. Glue the 3 gray pictures on the 3 sections (all pictures should be one the same side of the opened paper). Glue the back of the bottom third of the paper to the bottom right of the lapbook.
- Mom will trace and cut a 4″x5″ balloon shape with the cardstock pattern out of the crayon paper, markers paper, stickers paper, and colored pencil paper (be sure to save the scraps). Then cut an 8″x10″ balloon shape with the cardstock pattern out of the painted paper (be sure to save the scraps).
- Tie the 3 foot balloon ribbon to the painted balloon and hang it on the wall with the ribbon in the clowns hand. (you can write “gray” on the balloon before you hang it if you would like).
- Tie the 4″ balloon ribbons to each of the crayon, markers, sticker, and colored pencil balloons. Glue them in the center of the lapbook being sure to glue the top part of each ribbon too. You can tie all the ribbons together or leave them hanging.
- Child will cut the scraps that were saved into 2″ pieces (the shape doesn’t matter).
- Cut 1 piece of white printing paper in half so you have an 8″x4″ piece. Fold it long-wise so it measure 4″x4″.
- Child will glue his paper scraps on the front of the folded paper and on both sides of the inside to form an brown collage. Let it dry.
- While the collage drys take the other half of the white construction paper that was cut in half long-wise earlier. Cut it down to 8″x4″. Twice fold in the sides like the lapbook is folded (so you have kind of doors on the front).
- Open it up and write “GRAY” as big as you can with glue bottle. Let your child add gray glitter or gray sequence to the letters. Let it dry.
- While glitter is drying go back to the brown collage and open it up. Let the child glue in the black “GRAY” letters. Let it dry.
- While paper collage is drying work on the sensory collage.
- Warm up the hot glue gun. Take the gray felt piece. Have the child show you were he want’s the yarn, ribbon, pom-poms, and 5 of the buttons. Mom will hot glue them on.
- Then glue the felt sensory collage to the top right of the lapbook.
- Go back to the glitter book and close both sides of the front cover. With the hot glue gun glue the extra gray button on the middle of the front being sure to just put glue on one of the flaps. Glue the glitter book to the top left of the lapbook.