Watch Together: “Finger Paints” #2 (BTL clip)

  • color
  • mix
  • paint

MA Standards:

Speaking and Listening/SL.PK.MA.2: Recall information for short periods of time and retell, act out, or represent information from a text read aloud, a recording, or a video (e.g., watch a video about birds and their habitats and make drawings or constructions of birds and their nests).

Head Start Outcomes:

Language Development/Receptive Language: Attends to language during conversations, songs, stories, or other learning experiences.
Language Development/Expressive Language: Uses language to express ideas and needs.

PreK Learning Guidelines:

English Language Arts/Language 2: Participate actively in discussions, listen to the ideas of others, and ask and answer relevant questions.

Watch Together: “Finger Paints” #2 (BTL clip)

STEM Key Concepts: There are many different colors; A color can have many different shades (from very light to very dark); Two or more colors can be combined to make a new color

ELA Focus Skills: Active Viewing; Speaking and Listening, Vocabulary

Educator Prep: Before you begin the activitiy, write the words to the poem on chart paper.

Tell children that they are going to watch the video poem Between the Lions  “Finger Paints” again. Set a viewing focus for children by having them think about how mixing different paint colors with their fingers might be similar to or different from mixing paints with a paint brush.

Before You Watch
Display the poem and read it aloud before watching the video. Ask children to picture in their minds what is happening in the poem as you read each line.

Allow children time to share their ideas. Watch the video poem.

After You Watch
Ask questions such as,

  • Do you think mixing colors with your fingers is similar to mixing colors with a paint brush? Why do you think that?
  • How do you think finger paint feels when you spread it on the paper? 
  • Can you mix two colors of paint to make a new color when you use finger paints? How do you know?

Tell children that today they will have a chance to explore mixing new colors with finger paints.

Finger Paints
by Lilian Moore (BTL clip)
Finger paints are
cool as mud,
Mud that's red or blue.
They squish and squash
And slide most any
Way I want them to.
I can squeeze a bump of green
Or swish it up and down
Or make it stop
right on top
Of a humpy hill of brown
If someone says,
“Do tell us, dear,
What does your picture say?”
I swoosh the picture all around,
And make it go away!

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