Author Archives: Melissa Warner

Songs and Colors

One of the best way to teach your children about colors is by song. There are a variety of simple songs you can use to calm and engage your children.

Colors (Sung to ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’)

Red, yellow, green and blue green and blue
Red, yellow, green and blue green and blue
Purple, orange, brown and black
Red, yellow, green and blue green and blue

Click here to view more lyrics you can sing around your home!

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Barney Teaches Colors

Barney is a beloved childhood hero. Every day on PBS and Sprout you will find a variety of Barney episodes ranging in topic from Treasure Hunts to Cleaning Up. Enjoy this video from Barney’s Colors All Around.

Colors- The Key to Learning

Colors are all around us. Even in the simple ways color affects our lives daily. From sorting laundry to wash to turning on your Xbox, color has an importance many people ignore.

Over the years studies have found that color is one of the most significant ways children gain knowledge. This is due to the fact that color maximizes memory. With color we are able to identify things such as green means go and red means stop.

Children who are colorblind have a harder time learning even as young children. When children are diagnosed with diseases such as dyslexia it is reported that the white paper or screen causes confusion.

These simple facts are concepts we often do not recognize until it is too late. Start teaching your children with color as infants so they can develop and gain as much knowledge as possible. This week I want to guide you through a variety of activities that will help you mold your child’s mind.

Dinosaur Eggs

Spend an afternoon creating dinosaur eggs with this simple, but fun and educating art project!

Supplies:
Styrofoam Egg (available at craft stores)
Craft Knife (for adults only)
Paint brushes
Paint

1. Cut the bottom off of the Styrofoam egg so it sits flat.
2. Place paints in an egg carton or on a plate and have the child paint the egg however they wish.

When completed talk to your child about the type of dinosaur egg they made to encourage further thinking. Ask questions such as “What type of dinosaur comes from your egg?” Or “Why is your egg green?”

Dinosaurs for Preschoolers!

Sometimes it’s hard to explain the difference in dinosaurs to young children in ways they will understand. Enchanted Learning’s “Zoom Dinosaurs” is the perfect resource for parents and teachers. This website provides comprehensive fact sheets and activities for young children. Use this website to brush up on your dinosaur facts as well! “Zoom Dinosaurs” covers all era of dinosaur knowledge from eating habits to the different eras related to dinosaur life!

Visit “Zoom Dinosaurs” here.

Dinosaurs Teach Preschoolers the Importance of Science

Jim Henson’s Company has done it again, creating a new mean of education for children. PBS Kids debuted “Dinosaur Train,” a half-hour program that follows raptors, T-Rex and other dinosaurs through the world of science and natural history. Not only will your little ones love the dinosaur cast, but they will learn the importance of such subjects as seasons and ocean life.

Check your local listings for air times.

Paleontologists Discover new Breed!

September was an incredible month for paleontologists. Not only were two species found in Utah identified, but a new species was discovered in Spain.

The “Concavenator” is a new breed of theropod that was discovered early last month. This dinosaur was never seen before this discovery and has two distinct features. The first is a hump located at the last vertebra and the second being quill rods on the forearms. This means the species had feathers. Due to this feature, this dinosaur is the largest dinosaur known to have feathers.

The two named species and the new Concavenator are four-legged herbivores.

Earth- Our Home

Space can be a complex idea for children, but teaching them the basics at a young age will help them understand things around them.

Teach your child what an astronaut is with this printable space uniform.

Print the template.

Ask your child to color the space suit however he/she wishes.

Use a scissors to cut a hole in the face of the space suit.

Paste your child’s photo in its place.

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For addition fun, visit this website with your child to complete an easy E is for Earth puzzle. It is simple enough for a young child to complete and will not only will it teach your children what Earth is, but the relevance of the letter E to Earth.

Space Activities and Facts for Kids

Looking for more activities for at home or school?

First School offers a variety of Space activities and links to help you share the excitement and wonder of outer space with your children. From fun facts to online games and coloring templates, First School provides everything you need for a successful introduction to space.

Click here and spend the afternoon refreshing your knowledge and picking out the best activities for your children.

My Outer Space Friend

Sure aliens may be a fabricated idea related to space travel, but either way… if you come across and alien they’re just like you and me!