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Arts and Crafts
Y Yarn Art Project
Trace and cut out a large Y shape from construction paper. Cut different colors of yarn into different lengths. Let the children arrange then glue the yarn all over the large Y.
Have children bring in things that are yellow that can be glued onto a class collage or an individual collage, such as, scraps of fabric or paper, beads, buttons, yarn ribbon, etc.
Give each of the children a piece of paper and yellow paint. Have them paint yellow flowers on their paper. They can draw in green stems and grass to complete the picture.
Make yellow books
Have each child fold a piece of yellow construction paper in half to form a book. Suggest children cut out pictures from a magazine of yellow items to glue inside their books.
Place a little yeast, sugar and warm water in a bottle. Put a balloon over the top of the balloon. As the yeast ferments, it will cause the balloon to inflate. Taste bread made with yeast and bread that was made without yeast. Smell the yeast.
Grow a Yam Plant
Print a Y with a marker on a glass or clear plastic cup. Pass around a yam and let the children examine it. Stick several toothpicks into the side of the yam around the middle. Balance the toothpicks on the rim of the cup and fill the cup with water. Place the cup in a sunny spot. Every day have the children check the yam for signs of root and leaf growth. Add more water as necessary.
Make "My Y Book"
Staple several pieces of paper together to make a book. Have your child look through magazines to find pictures of things beginning like "yellow yarn." Glue one or two to each page then have your child label the pictures using "invented spelling." Your child should say the word a few times so he/she can listen to the sounds at the beginning, middle and end of each word. Your child should guess how the word is spelled and write his/her letter guesses under each picture.
Yellow yarn mobiles
Put white glue in an open bowl and invite the children to dip the yellow yarn in the glue using a popsicle stick to saturate the yarn completely except for the end the child is holding. Then have the children arrange the yarn on waxed paper in interesting designs. Ask children to bend the end of the yarn to use as a hanger and cut off the end they were holding since it has no glue on it. When the glue is dry, remove the mobiles from the waxed paper and hang them in a window or from the ceiling.
Make a Y pattern from heavy cardboard. Help the kids trace around the pattern on yellow construction paper. Invite the children to cut out their own Y's. Give each child several pieces of yarn in different colors to cut into small pieces. Give them a small cup of glue and have them brush glue on the yellow paper Y. Drop pieces of yarn on the glue
Mix up food coloring and egg yolks. Paint whatever you want. This will give a nice effect.
Yellow soap crayons
Measure one cup of mild powdered laundry soap. Add one tablespoon of food coloring. Add water by the teaspoonful until the soap is in liquid form. Stir well. pour the soap into ice cube trays. Set in a sunny dry place until hard.