THE COLOR BLACK

BLACK QUICK STARTS
Go on a black bird hunt.  How many did you find?
Make black fingerprints and add six black legs to make black bugs.
Make black bat headbands.
Eat black jelly beans.
Act out “Eensy Weensy Spider”.
Do a black collage using black paper scraps, pieces of black material and yarn.
Make “Ants on a Log” with celery stalks, cream cheese and raisions.
Make a collection of black rocks.
Teach your child the rhyme “Sing A Song of Sixpence”.
Make black ink pictures using a black stamp pad and rubber stamps.
BLACK ART
BLACK BUGS
Make Some black play dough by mixing black tempera paint into the dough.
Set out the dough and some short black pipe cleaners or black yarn.
Encourage your child to make bug bodies with the black dough.
Then have them add pipe cleaners or yarn legs
 
BLACK ANIMAL STICK PUPPETS

Cut out 6” animal shapes from heavy black paper or light weight tagboard.
You could make black bird, black sheep or black hen puppets.
Set out the animal shapes along with large craft sticks.
Have your children glue or tape the stick onto the bottom back of a cutout.
Use the puppets when reciting rhymes or singing songs about the animals.
 
BLACK CHENILLE CHARACTERS OR SHAPES
Set out some short and long sections of black chenilles.
Let your children use the Chenilles to create black sculptures or characters.
 
NIGHT TIME PICTURES

Give your children some white construction paper and some crayons.
Have children draw an outdoor picture with the crayons.
Dilute some black tempera paint with water to make a black wash.
Set out the black wash and some brushes.
Have your children paint over their pictures with the wash.
The paint will fill in the background and turn the pictures into night time scenes.
 
BLACK SNAKES
Give your child black play dough.
Show him how to roll the dough to make long snake like coils.

FOOT PRINTS
You will need a footprint stamp and some black ink for this activity.
Set out the stamp and the ink, along with pictures from old magazines.
Have your child choose a picture.
Then, have her stamp foot prints across the picture.
Extension:  Read the story “Footprints Everywhere” found on the Story Station.
 
EGG CARTON TRAINS
Remove the tops from cardboard egg cartons.
Cut the bottom of the carton in half (lengthwise), leaving six eggs cups in a row.
Next, cut out 2” sections from a paper towel roll.

Turn the egg carton train upside-down (so the cups bump up).

Place a paper towel section over the top of the first egg cup to form a smokestack.
Give each of your children an eggs cup train.
Then, cover your table with newspaper and set out black paint and brushes.
Let your children paint their cardboard train black.
Let the trains dry thoroughly before handling.
  BLACK GAMES
BLACK COUNTING GAMES
Try one or more of these games with your children. 
Count black crayons or markers.
Count the number of children with black hair.
String and count black buttons on a black shoelace.
Guess the number of black jelly beans in a jar, open, count, and eat!
Number the cups in an egg carton from 1 to 12.  Fill the cups with matching numbers of beans.
 
COLOR TRAINS
Cut 2 by 3 inch t rain tickets out of black and red construction paper.
Place the tickets in a bag.
Let your children take turns drawing out one ticket.
Ask everyone with a black ticket to stand on one side of the room and everyone with a red ticket to stand on the other side of the room.
Next, choose a black ticket holder to be the engine of the black train.
Then have all the children with black tickets hand them to you and then hook onto the black engine.
Have the black train chug around the room while everyone sings the following chant.

             Little Black Train chugging down the track.
             First you chug down, then you chug back.
             Then you blow your whistle and come to a stop.
             And all the happy passengers jump right off!

Extension:  Next choose a red engine and make a red train to circle the room.

BLACK MOVEMENT FUN
Have fun with the color black at movement time.  Try the following activities with your children.

Pretend to be sneaky, black cats.


Fly around like blackbirds or black bats.
Pretend to be black trains chugging along the tracks.
Let your fingers pretend to be black spiders.
 
BLACK DRAMATIC PLAY
Add special black items to your dress up area.  Such as:
black pots and pans
black shoes and boots
black briefcases and bags
black paper cups and napkins
black capes or scarves
 
 
BLACK LANGUAGE
 
BLACK NURSERY RHYMES
Recite the rhymes below.  Have your children raise their hands whenever they hear the word “black”.
“Baa, Baa, Black Sheep”
“Sing a Song of Sixpence”
“Hickety Pickety My Black Hen”
“Two Little Black Birds”
 
STORY TIME WITH BLACK
Read “Ten Black Dots” by Donald Crews.  Have your children make black paper dots with a hole punch and use them to create pictures.
Start a story about a black stuffed animal and let your children continue it.
 
BLACK BOOKS
Make blank books with white pages and black covers.  Help your child try one or more of these ideas.
Cut black pictures out of magazines to glue onto the pages of the book.
Glue on black textured materials, such as; plastic, sandpaper, fabric, yarn and paper.
Make prints on the pages with black ink kpads and any kind of rubber stamps.
Make fingerprints on the pages and turn them into bugs using a thin tipped marker.
 
BLACK LISTS
Make a list with your children of black things they find in the room.
Or make a list of black animals.
 
BLACK WRITING
 
BLACK WRITING
Let your child practice writing using one or all of these black items.
Black pens
Black crayons
Black Chenilles
Black Play Dough
  
BLACK SCIENCE
 
BLACK SHADOWS
Find a plain wall and shine a bright light on it.
Let your children stand in between and experiment with creating black shadows on the wall.
 
BLACK PAPER SHADOWS
Provide white crayons for tracing around familiar objects on black paper.
Have your children cut out the shapes and glue them on butcher paper for “shadows”.
Invite children to match the familiar objects to their shadow shapes.

BLACK ANIMALS
Hang pictures of black animals on a wall.
Invite your children to help you by finding ones to cut out in magazines or by drawing their own from looking at pictures in books.
 
TURNING FLOWERS BLACK
Set out some black ink and one or two white daisies.
Place the flowers in the ink and let your children watch as the flowers change from white to black over night.

BLACK SNACKS
 
BLACK SNACK IDEAS
Black bean soup
Black olive eyes on crackers
Make black bean burritos
Black licorice whips
Black berries or blackberry jam
Chopped olive sandwiches

BLACK SONGS & RHYMES
 

WE KNOW THE COLOR BLACK
Tune:  “The Farmer In The Dell”

We know the color black.
We know the color black.
Tires and crows and licorice, too,
They are colored black.
                        Elizabeth Scofield
(Continue singing, inviting your children to name other things that are black.)
 

BLACK BEAR, BLACK BEAR
Black Bear, Black Bear – turn around.               
Black Bear, Black Bear – touch the ground.
Black Bear, Black Bear – reach up high.
Black Bear, Black Bear – touch the sky.
Black Bear, Black Bear – bend down low.
Black Bear, Black Bear – touch your toe.
                                    Adapted Traditional
(Have your children pretend to be Black Bears and do the movements.)
(You may also change this rhyme to be about any black animal.)

 
THERE’S A COLOR WE ALL KNOW

Tune:  “Bingo”

There’s a color we all know
And Black is its name-o.
B – L – A – C – K
B – L – A – C – K
B – L – A – C – K
And Black is its name-o!
                    Adapted Traditional
 

ONE NIGHT I WENT WALKING

One night I went walking down the street.
I scared a black cat and the black cat scared me!
I kept walking down the street.
And the black cat ran -  straight up a tree.

One night I went walking down the street.
I scared a black bat and the black bat scared me!
I kept walking down the street,
And the black bat flew – off through the trees.

One night I went walking down the street.
I scared a black spider and the black spider scared me!
I kept walking down the street
And the black spider scurried off on his eight little feet.

One night I went walking down the street.
You never know who you’ll happen to meet.
I scare them and they scare me.
But I keep walking down the street.
                                                Jean Warren

 
THREE BLACK CATS
Tune:  “Three Blind Mice”

Three black cats,
Three black cats,
See how they run,
See how they scat.
They run loose all over town.
They cause a mess and knock things down.
They better watch out or they’ll be in the pound.
Three back cats.
                          Jean Warren
 

THE BIG BLACK SPIDER

The big black spider made a web on a tree.
It was big and round, and menacing.
She might catch a bug, she might catch a bee.
But the big black spider can not catch me.
                             Jean Warren

 
LITTLE BLACK TRAIN

Little black train chugging down the track.
First it goes up, then it comes back.
Making black smoke as it goes.
The little black train just grows and grows.
                                    Jean Warren

(Have children hook onto each other, one at a time creating a long train.  Repeat rhyme over and over as different children hook on.  Have children move their airms back and forth like the wheel connectors on old trains)
 

BAA, BAA, BLACK SHEEP

Baa, baa, black sheep have you any wool?
Yes, sir, yes, sir, three bags full.
One for the master, one for the dame
And one for the little boy who lives down the lane.
                      Traditional

 
TWO LITTLE BLACK BIRDS

Two little black birds,
Sitting on a hill
One named Jack
One named Jill

Fly away Jack
Fly away Jill

Come back Jack
Come back Jill

Two little black birds
Back on the hill
Happy together
Together still.
        Adapted Traditional
 


(hold up two hands, fingers spread)
(flap fingers on one hand)
(flap fingers on the other hand)

(flap fingers on first hand and bring hand back)
(flap fingers on other hand and bring back)

(Jack flies out)
(Jill flies out)

(hold hands out with fingers spread)

Additional Spider and Shadow Songs can be found at the Music Station