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THE COLOR ORANGE
 

ORANGE QUICK STARTS
Squeeze oranges to make fresh orange juice.
Plant a carrot garden.
Buy a gold fish.
Carve a Jack o”lantern.
Make orange play dough.
Make orange chains.
Count gold fish crackers or candy corn.
Make orange paper lanterns.
Look for orange flowers.
Eat orange sections, make an orange smile with one section.
Make orange finger paint by mixing together red and yellow paint.
Bounce an orange basketball.
Make orange frosting to spread on crackers.
Make an orange windsock
Add orange items to your dress-up area.
 
ORANGE COLLAGES
Have your child cut or tear orange pictures from old magazines.
Give her a piece of orange paper.
Have her glue her orange pictures onto her orange piece of paper.
 
ORANGE PUMPKINS
Give your child a white paper plate, some orange paint and a brush.
Have him paint his plate orange.
While the plate is still wet, have him place small square orange tissue paper squares all over the plate.
Staple or glue on a green stem at the top to make a pumpkin.
 
ORANGE FINGER-PAINT PRINTS
For each of your children, provide a tray with some red and yellow finger paint on it.
Invite each child to mix the colors together by finger-painting a design on his or her tray.
Help the child place a paper on top of the design and gently rub a hand over it.
Then lift the paper to reveal a print of the child’s finger-painted design on the back.
 
PUMPKIN PUPPETS
Cut medium sized pumpkin shapes out of heavy orange paper.
Give your children black markers or crayons and have them draw a face on their pumpkin.
Next, give a large craft stick to each child and have them glue or tape the stick to the bottom of the back of the pumpkin.
Encourage your children to make up orange stories or sing orange songs while holding up their pumpkin puppets.

CARROT PRINTS
Set out some orange paint in a tray, some white paper and a carrot cut in half.
Show your children how to dip one of the carrots into the orange paint and then how to make a print of the small circle on a piece of paper.
 
ORANGE PRINTS

Have your children help you squeeze the juice out of several orange halves. 
Let them enjoy the juice at snack time.
Save the orange halves and set them out to dry for about an hour.
Make orange paint pads by folding paper towels in half and placing them in shallow containers and pouring on small amounts of orange tempera paint.
Give each of your children a sheet of white construction paper and one of the orange halves.
Show the children how to press the cut side of the orange half into the paint pad and then onto their papers, two or three times, to make orange prints.
 
PUMPKIN SEQUENCE CARDS
Make a set of four sequence cards depicting the life of a pumpkin.
On the first card, draw a small seed planted in the ground.
On the second card, draw a picture of the seed sprouting out of the ground.
On the third card, draw a picture of a pumpkin vine on the ground with a yellow flower blooming on the vine.
On the fourth picture, draw a large orange pumpkin sitting on the ground.
Mix up the cards and let your children take turns placing the cards in the correct sequence.
 
PUMPKIN SIZES
Cut out several pumpkins of different sizes.
Give them to your child and have her sort the pumpkins.
Have her put the pumpkins in a line from the smallest to the largest pumpkin.
Or have her start with the largest pumpkin and on down.
 
WHAT’S MISSING
Sit with your children at a table and show them several orange objects, such as a small pumpkin, an orange crayon, a carrot, an orange, and a piece of orange paper.
Have the children cover their eyes as you remove one of the items.
When the children uncover their eyes, ask them to tell which item is missing.
Let the first child to answer correctly remove an item for the next round of the game.
Continue until everyone has had a turn.
 
ORANGE STORY
Hang plain white paper on a wall and invite your children to sit with you in front of it.
Start telling a story that contains various orange items and details. 
As you do so, use orange crayons or markers to illustrate your story.
Continue to the story’s end.
Then invite the children to use your illustrations to retell the story in their own words.

 
MAKING ORANGE
There are many fun ways to illustrate to your child how orange is made.  Here are a few.

Squeeze drops of red and yellow food coloring into a glass of water.
Mix yellow and red paint.
Put a yellow clear-plastic report cover on top of a red one.
 
PLANT AN ORANGE GARDEN
Look through the seed packets at your local garden store and let your child choose 3-5 different types of seeds that promise orange plants.
You might do all orange flowers or all orange vegetables or one of each.
 

ORANGE SNACKS
There are lots of great orange snacks that children love.  Plan a different one each day for a week or more.

Orange sections            Carrot sticks
Cheddar cheese cubes Orange juice
Cantaloupe chunks  Dried apricots
Gold fish crackers Orange jello
Orange sherbet Macaroni and cheese
Cheese Toast Orange Marmalade
Pumpkin pudding Peach pie

 

ORANGE SONGS

WE LOVE ORANGE
Tune:  “Three Blind Mice”

We love orange, we love orange.
Yes we do, yes we do-
Crunchy carrots so good to eat,
Juicy oranges, oh so sweet,
Pumpkins ready for trick-or-treat.
Yes, we love orange!
                       Heather McPhail
 

I’M A LITTLE PUMPKIN
Tune:  “I’m A Little Teapot”

I’m a little pumpkin,
Orange and round.
When I’m sad,
My face wears a frown.

But when I’m happy,
I’m aglow
Watch my smile
Just grow and grow!
                     Barbara Hasson

 
ORANGE TREATS

Orange treats, orange treats, yum, yum, yum.
Which will I choose, oh what fun.
Will it be a carrot, crunch and sweet?
Will it be orange sections, juicy and sweet?
Will it be orange sherbet, icy and sweet?
What will I choose for my afternoon treat?
                          Jean Warren
 

MAKING ORANGE PAINT
Tune:  “Down By The Station”

Down at the paint store
Early in the morning.
See the little paint cans
All in a row.

See the paint worker
Mix yellow paint in red.
Stir, stir, stir, stir
Now it’s orange paint – instead!
                       Jean Warren