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Top 10 Activities With The Color Blue

Updated on July 15, 2015
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Christine, a wife, mother and homemaker for over 30 years, has an NVQ3 in Childcare & Education & loves cooking, music, health & nutrition.

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A Rainbow Lesson Plan in the color blue

Welcome to a Free Lesson Plan that will teach your group of children not only about the color blue, but in the process how to not give up, why we can trust, how to relax, have fun, be creative and much more about our wonderful world. Blue is a natural color that speaks to us of the outdoors, the sky and the sea. These elements give us a calming feeling and thoughts of lazy Summer days. Water itself speaks to us of healing and refreshing, whilst the expanse of blue sky can give us a sense of freedom and being a part of the wider world. Is is any wonder that it is most people's favorite color? Remember to decorate your room in your theme color to set the mood, with balloons, cushions, streamers and banners, all in the color blue of course.


Encouraging the children to participate and relax together

Latex Educational Products - Cyan with White Clouds Balloons (6) Party Supplies - 11" latex cloud balloons
Latex Educational Products - Cyan with White Clouds Balloons (6) Party Supplies - 11" latex cloud balloons

Balloons make great indoor activities and decorations, which can be taken home at the end of the session, to remind the children of their time together.

 

Activity 1- Blue Balloon Games As They Arrive

Allow the children to play with the balloons to help them relax as they arrive. You could get them to hop from one end of the room to the other with a balloon between their legs or hit them over an obstacle, such as a line of chairs or into a goal.

When they have had fun playing with them, an adult could hang them up out of the way of distraction and to decorate the room, whilst the next activity begins.

Science With Water

Science With Water (Science Activities)
Science With Water (Science Activities)

Discover the properties and wonders of water with this book, which guides you through simple water experiements to prove the theories.

 

Activity 2- Water Experiments

Water covers 71% of our earth's surface, so it's worth exploring it! If you have several adults, each could supervise a different experiment through which the children can rotate. Watch their eyes get bigger as they see what can be done with water. Look at a simple bubble of air in a bottle of water and watch how it moves as you tip the bottle, or have a variety of objects and test which ones float. See further ideas in this book for young children.

Activity 3- Introducing Blue Things

Sit the children down and ask them what things are blue. You could make a list of their suggestions on a board. They could include sky, water, eyes, cold.....

Discuss how we use water. Show some props to encourage suggestions such as a (blue) toothbrush, watering can, sponge, beaker, soap etc. These same items could be used for the following activity.

Activity 4- A Blue Game

Play the memory game with a tray of blue items. See how many they remember when removed from view!
Play the memory game with a tray of blue items. See how many they remember when removed from view! | Source

Activity 5- Song Time With The Parachute -

Add your own Circle Songs to these suggestions:

1. Begin the song time with a simple song about the blue sea, where everyone can hold onto the edge of the parachute and make the waves of the sea. You can make up lots of verses to this song:

A sailor went to sea, sea, sea to see what he could see, see, see

Well all that he could see, see, see

Was- the bottom of /was lots of fishes in(you could throw some plastic fishes on top of the parachute)/were boats sailing on (throw on a boat or two) were birds bobbing on (throw on toys birds or ducks) the deep blue sea, sea, sea.

2. With this song, place the parachute on floor for first verse, but use hands and turn in circle to mime the whole world, shimmer parachute on floor for second verse, to mime the sea and lift it high for the skies in the third verse, at which point, the children may want to run underneath.

He's got the whole world in his hands (x4)

he's got the deep blue sea in his hands/ he's got the clear blue skies in his hands......

3. For the next song you will need some people holding the edge of the parachute, whilst others get ready to run under as you invite them onto the ship!:

When I was one I ate a bun the day I went to sea

I jumped aboard the pirate ship (run underneath) and the pirate said to me

We're going this way, that way, forwards, backwards over the Irish Sea (move the parachute appropriately at this stage for each verse)

With a bottle of pop to fill us up- That's the life for me.

When I was two I buckled my shoe (those underneath mime this).......

When I was three I climbed a tree (mime).....

When I was four I knocked the door (mime).......

When I was five I learned to dive (at this point the parachute is dropped onto the floor as those underneath run out and everyone jumps on top) SPLASH......

The Parachute

Pacific Play Tents Playchute 10 Foot Kids Parachute with Handles for Indoor / Outdoor Fun
Pacific Play Tents Playchute 10 Foot Kids Parachute with Handles for Indoor / Outdoor Fun

A great prop for every group, encouraging children to be active during the song time, dancing and even listening to stories. It helps to bring everyone together for a common focus.

 

Activity 6- Storytime-The Big Catch

Have everyone standing and holding on to the edge of the parachute as you tell the story-

Peter was a fisherman and he and his friends had been out fishing all night and were really tired and fed up, because they hadn't caught anything. So now there would be nothing for breakfast! The sea was gently swelling up and down as they sat in their boat rubbing their heads (sway the parachute around like gentle rolling of the sea).

All of a sudden Jesus appeared and asked them what was wrong. When they told him he suggested that they try again, but this time put the nets over the other side of the boat. Peter and his friends were a bit unsure and didn't really think it would make any difference. DIdn't Jesus hear them when they said that they had been trying all night? Why should it work now? Anyway, Jesus wasn't much impressed with their lack of faith in him. He only wanted to show them what could happen when they trusted him. So they decided to have this one last try to let the nets over again, but on the other side of the boat. (throw a number of plain, blue card fish shapes on top of the parachute)

Wow! When they tried to pull the fishing nets back in they were so heavy with fish that they couldn't do it alone (pull the parachute to one side and fold up). They had to get their friends from the other boat to help them. They were well impressed with Jesus and were sorry that they hadn't believed him at the beginning. They certainly had a big, tasty breakfast when they reached the shore. (collect up the fish for next activity)

Activity 7- Arty Fish From The Deep Blue Sea

  1. Give each child a cut-out fish from the story
  2. Ask them to decorate one side, using coloured pens, sequins, tissue paper etc.
  3. On the other side they could write a caption- something they wish to remember from the story.

The sky's the limit!

Activity 8- Another Blue Art & Craft

Here is a chance to art & craft into some messy creativity!

For this activity you will need a length of plain wallpaper, potato stamps cut as birds, boats and fish, blue and contrasting colored paints, paint trays, overalls, paintbrushes.

  1. Lay the wallpaper flat out across a long table and sit the children around it. Using blue paint, paint the sky and sea in different shades of blue.
  2. Allow to dry a little (you could do the next activity whilst waiting) and then stamp on the bird, boat and fish shapes, which have been dipped in contrasting colored paints.
  3. Think of a good caption to write along the top and allow to dry before sticking it up on the wall.

Water Play Table

Step2  Arctic Splash Water Table
Step2 Arctic Splash Water Table

Ideal for using indoors or it can be carried outdoors in good weather.

 

Activity 9- Blue Water Play

No blue lesson plan would be complete without some fun water play!

Offer a selection of water toys, such as boats, fish, buckets etc. and you will have to decide whether you will organize this on a small scale indoors, around a water play table (where they stay dry) or outdoors and they can change into their swimwear if it's warm enough.

Activity 10- A relaxing end to your lesson plan

Get the children to lie quietly on the floor (if your floor has no carpet, they could lie on the parachute) and get them to relax each part of their body as the CD is softly playing the sound of the sea in the background. Speak calmly and softly to encourage stillness. If the children appear relaxed, recap briefly on your main points of wisdom from the session, speaking in short phrases with short pauses between each.

After a few minutes, reverse the initial relaxing of their bodies by telling them to feel and stretch each part of their body until they are ready to slowly sit up and then stand. A final stretch of their arms above their heads will complete this relaxation and hopefully make them peaceful and ready to go home.

The amount of time spent on this will depend upon the age of the children, but by creating a calm environment without any distractions, they should be able to benefit from this activity for 5-10 minutes.

Provide blue food for a snack

such as blueberries and blue cheese.

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      Rob Hemphill 3 years ago from Ireland

      I like the idea of getting the kids to lie quietly on the floor and listen to music of the sea - at least you'll get a little peace for a few moments!

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      ConvenientCalendar 4 years ago

      I enjoyed this lens! Thank you!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Informative lens !

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      kimdfreedom 4 years ago

      great thank you

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      azmirismail 4 years ago

      interesting ideas ;-) will use 1 or 2 with my kids :)

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      Sweet lens - pinned to my teaching and homeschooling board, sent out by digg and blessed.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i love blue colour. you have great ideas here

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      jseven lm 5 years ago

      I love the color blue and how you presented so many facts and what Jesus said, thanks!

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      poldepc lm 5 years ago

      my eyes are blue...so my favorite color is blue :):):)

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      bwet 5 years ago

      great ideas you have there... blue is one of my fav colours too!

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      glenbrook 5 years ago

      Very cool. I had a lot of fun reading about the color blue and I think I'll have even more fun doing some of these activities with my son. Thanks for sharing these:)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What a unique idea for an activities lens. And, I like all the blue activities you have listed. :)

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      bolsen19 5 years ago

      What great ideas.

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      simplyoasis 6 years ago

      I do love Blue!

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      marckq 6 years ago

      This lens is very refreshing. I feel like you just gave me a beautiful pool so blue I'll be swimming all day! Nice lens, I enjoyed it, thanks for sharing!

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Blue is such a nice color. Great ideas.

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      GiftsBonanza 6 years ago

      Such wonderful ideas - thanks for sharing

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      LouisaDembul 6 years ago

      Great idea, have never thought of doing things with a color theme.

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      Jen 6 years ago from Canada

      I remember playing a similar parachute game in school but I don't think the game I played was influenced by the color blue.

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      happynutritionist 6 years ago

      People who have the "blues" are going to feel a lot better after reading all these happy blue things:-)

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      seashell2 6 years ago

      What a great idea! Lots of fun things to do...

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      justholidays 6 years ago

      Activities with colors... hm... interesting and so in the Summer Fun mood! Blessed!

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      Jeanette 6 years ago from Australia

      What delightful ideas!