Teaching Picture: Parrot
Print out the color red picture and laminate
Hold up for the children and say red
On the down load page you will find the printable pages and print out
today’s picture. Tape the picture to the wall in a location where the toddlers
can see it.
As you show the picture to children, talk about the picture, tell the
children about the picture. Talking to the toddlers is a good way for them to
get started on using their own language skills. The more words a toddler hears
the more he learns, even if he/she is not talking yet, they are listening and
learning and all of a sudden they will be talking.
Refer to the language development section below for a few suggestions on
things to talk about with toddlers about the picture, the language development
will give you suggestion on things to talk about or it will show an activity,
rhyme or story and then continue talking to the children about the picture,
using your own words.
Keep in Mind: Any and all printed material is not
safe for toddlers. So do not give any
printouts to the children unless you are supervising them. These are for you to
hold up or attach to the wall.
Look at your toddlers and in a soothing voice talk about the picture:
Music: Folk Music
Play folk music for the children today.
Please Note: You can check at your local library and try to borrow
some folk music to play for the toddlers, if they do not have folk music, try
to select some different types of music to play for the children, such as;
blues, classical, country, soft rock, etc.
Play the music softly throughout the day in the background and it would
be nice to play it quietly during naptime also to help the children settle down
to go to sleep and keep them sleeping with a soft back ground noise.
Development: Parrots are
Tune to: "Frere Jacques"
Parrots are squawking, Parrots are
squawk, squawk, squawk… squawk, squawk, squawk.
Can you hear them? Can you hear them?
squawk… squawk, squawk, squawk
Directions: Print out the parrots file onto
white card stock paper and cover with clear contact paper to make it durable or
laminate and hold up the parrots while singing the song to the children.
Please note: Do not give the print
out to the children unless they have been covered completely with clear contact
paper or laminated, but you still need to make sure they are not too small to
choke on, and put the pictures away when the children are not being supervised
Songs/Finger Rhymes: Can
you find a parrot
Can you find a parrot,
find a parrot, find a parrot, anyone?
Can you find a parrot,
find a parrot, find a parrot, anyone?
Please note: Sing song above and use with group
Activity: Find the Parrots
Small parrot print
outs (to be placed inside large jar lid covers only)
Large jar lid
covers (such as the lid covers to spaghetti sauce, peanut butter covers, mayo
When using the jar
lid covers make sure they are placed near the walls so the children are not
stepping on them, as they could slip on them and fall.
Print out some
small parrots and glue into jar lid covers. Make sure the print outs are secure
inside the jar covers and then place a large strip of magnetic tape on the back
of a large jar lid cover. Make sure it is large enough that the children can’t
choke on it; the strips should be about an inch wide and about two inches long
or larger. You want to make sure if the magnetic tape should become lose and
fall off that the children do not choke on it. If the magnetic tape starts to
become lose, teacher will need to hot glue it back on.
Always check the
covers for sharp edges, if they have sharp edges throw them away.
Make sure you
check the materials often and if the magnetic tape becomes lose remove it
immediately and replace. Never leave these items down for the children to play
with if they are not being supervised with the materials at all times.
Sing the song
above and then start looking for the parrots that are placed around the room
and start pointing them out to the children and say, look I found a parrot.
As the children find a parrot say look something like, “oh look, Jamie
found a parrot”, sound excited and clap.
After all the parrots
have been located, place them around the exterior of the room again and sing
the song above and have the children help you locate the parrots again. As they
find the parrots have them stick them onto a magnetic board, metal pan,
refrigerator, metal door, etc.
Note: When this activity is
over put the parrots away: unless someone is supervising the children with the parrots.
Check the parrots often and toss as they become frayed or magnetic tape becomes
Activity: Pretty Parrot
White Card Stock
Print out the parrot
coloring page and use as a “pattern” in cutting out one parrot per child. Give
each child a parrot to color, provide them with some thick crayons and let the
children color their picture any color they want.
tape securely around the crayon, leave the top part for coloring, this will
help the crayons not to break.
Note: Make sure
the children do not put the art materials into their mouths. If they do, try to
direct their attention onto their art activity and if they continue to put the
art materials in their mouth, try to offer them something they can chew on,
such as a teething ring. If this doesn’t work you may need to remove the item
that they are putting in their mouth and substitute something safer for them to
use or remove them from the area and try again later.
Pictures Home: Make sure
parents know that the pictures are not toys; they are to be hung up as
decorations or put away as memories not given to the children to play with as
they could choke on the small pieces of paper if not being watched.
Feed the Parrot
You will need:
Brown Construction Paper
Large Parrot File
Card Stock Paper (any color)
Clear Contact Paper Or Packaging
Directions: Cut out some squares from tan or brown
paper and cover with clear contact paper to make “crackers” to feed Polly the
parrot. Then print out the large black and white parrot file onto any color of
card stock paper, print out four. Place one picture of the parrot on each side
of the box. Cut a hole by the parrot’s mouth for the children to feed him “crackers”
by placing the “squares” inside the hole. Cut a large hole into the bottom of
the box so the children can reach inside and pull out the jar cover and repeat.
Activity: Tell the children that some parrots
will say “Polly wants a cracker;"
the children feed Polly fake crackers from squares of brown paper and laminate
or cover with clear contact paper to make them sturdy, make sure they are not
small enough for the children to choke on. Then show the children how to drop
the crackers through to feed Polly the Parrots. Every time a child drops a
cracker in the box teacher should say: “Squawk, Polly wants a cracker." If
you say thank-you, in a different voice like Polly the parrot said it, each time they drop in a cracker, the
children will start learning the word “thank you” even though they may not be
able to talk yet, they are listening and learning. Tell the children that
Polly's crackers are a square shape.
Optional: You may want to paint the box to make the
box look nicer. This is optional and not necessary.
To begin you will
need a large sized box, and place some heavy books inside the box so it will
not slide across the floor, or place it next to a wall, or if its on a rug you
can put Velcro on the bottom of the box so it will stick to the rug.
When you layer the
books across the bottom, try to make it flush so the children can easily find
the pig covers when they reach inside the hole in the bottom of the box.
You may be able to
find large boxes from stores nearby or you may be able to purchase one at
Activity: Pat the Parrot
Parrot print out
Card Stock Paper
Hot glue (teacher
Directions: Print out the large black and white parrot
onto any color of card stock paper and place into a plastic sheet protector and
then hot glue some feathers onto the parrot. Show the children the parrot and
show them how pat the parrot to feel the feathers.
Nursery Rhyme: Little
I heard a little
parrot go squawk, squawk, squawk,
I told that little
parrot to stop, stop, stop.
The parrot looked
at me and what did he do?
He squawked and he
squawked and away he flew.
Please Note: Young toddlers enjoy being read to
and thrive and learn from listening to stories, songs, poetry and nursery
rhymes. So please read and sing a lot to the children in your care!