Early Years Calendar: Purple Day - 26th March 2021
What is Purple Day?
Purple Day is another fantastic initiative that you can get children involved in to help support the wider community. Purple Day specifically supports those with epilepsy. It will be celebrated worldwide on Tuesday 26th March 2021. It is important to encourage our children to take part in thematic days such as Purple Day because it while helping them to understand the wider world.
Participating in Purple Day does not mean you need to abandon your usual activities. Instead, try to think of how Purple Day can link with the Early Learning Goals for the week. Take a look at the ideas below:
First things first: check that the children can identify the colour purple. Do the children know that purple is made when two other colours (red and blue) are mixed together? For your most able children, you could introduce the concept of secondary colours. Although, no matter which stage of development the children you teach are in, most children will be eager to mix red paint and blue paint to make purple. The best learning is multi-sensory so as well as seeing they are actively doing it while hearing your commentary.
2. Snack Time
It’s not everyday that the children will have the chance to eat from a strict purple only Snack Table! You can serve blackberries, purple carrots, passion fruit and grapes! The fruits can be a fantastic hook and conversation starter fitting in nicely with Communication and Language.
3. Fine Motor Challenge
As all children fully returned to school not too long ago, this challenge will be beneficial in observing the fine-motor skills of those that were away. Challenge: Can children find a purple item of clothing and peg them to the clothesline? Ensure the clothesline is at least chest level or lower for all children.
4. Story-Time and Mark-making
An amazing story for Purple Day is: Harold and the Purple Crayon which is all about a curious four-year-old boy named Harold drawing parts of his world, with a purple crayon, as he experiences it! You could consider having purple crayons, purple chalk, purple colouring pencils as mark-making tools for the day.
5. Phonics Challenges
To go the extra mile for Purple Day, why not add a splash of colour to your Phonics resources? If children are still recognising individual sounds, you can use purple magnetic letters. If children are beginning to blend VC/ CVC words together you can use purple foam letters! If children are beginning to read sentences, these can be written in purple gel pens!
Do you have any more ideas of how to make Purple Day a success? We’d love to hear about them! Tag us in a picture @thatnurserylife so we can see how you get on!