The Mixed-Up Chameleon Eric Carle
Freight Train Donald Crews
Is it Red? Is it Yellow? Is it Blue? Tana Hoban
Color Dance Ann Jonas
A Color of His Own Leo Lionni
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Bill Martin, Jr.
Mary Wore Her Red Dress Merle Peek
Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present Charlotte Zolotow
Green Eggs and Ham Dr. Seuss
Harold and the Purple Crayon Crockett Johnson
Little Blue and Little Yellow Leo Lionni
Blueberries for Sal Robert McCloskey
The Big Orange Splot Daniel Manus Pinkwater
Mouse Paint Ellen Stoll Walsh
Ten Black Dots Donald Crews
Planting a Rainbow Lois Ehlert
The Birthday Cake Joy Cowley
Poems and Songs
(sung to the tune of Old McDonald)
I see something that is _____________. (color)
Do you see it too?
I see something that is _____________. (same color)
Hop there if you do.
With a hop, hop here,
And a hop, hop there. Hurry up! Hop it up!
Hop as fast as you dare.
I see something that is __________. (color)
Do you see it too?
I Love Colors
(sung to the tune of Do I Love You?)
I love colors, yes I do!
Red and orange and green and blue.
I love colors, dark or bright,
Yellow, purple, black or white.
What is red? Juicy beets!
What is brown? Chocolate treats!
What is white? A shiny moon!
What is gray? A big baboon!
What is orange? Carrot sticks!
What is yellow? Baby chicks!
What is gold? Bright goldfish!
What is black? Licorice!
What is green? Grass so high!
What is blue? The open sky!
What is purple? Eggplant shells!
What is silver? Silver bells!
The Color Song
Orange is a carrot,
Yellow is the sun,
Brown is a bear,
And purple is a plum.
Green is the grass,
Blue is the sky,
Black is a witch's hat,
And red is cherry pie!
Oliver Brown was sent to bed,
After he painted his brother red.
Maybe blue would be all right.
But red! Not red!
Oh, what a sight!
Billy had a big balloon,
Much bigger than his head.
It wasn't green,
It wasn't blue,
His big balloon was red!
Green is go,
and red is stop,
And yellow is peaches
With cream on top.
Earth is brown,
and blue is sky;
Yellow looks well
on a butterfly..
Clouds are white,
black, pink or mocha;
Yellow's a dish of tapioca.
Each day at grouptime, read a color book with a certain color emphasis and then brainstorm other things that are the same color? ex., What is purple? after reading Harold and the Purple Crayon.
Make crayon shaped books; write a color word on each page. Have students color or cut out things and psate in the book that corresponds with the color words.
Scoop and Sort Pattern Blocks
Scoop pattern blocks from a bin and sort on a sorting mat.
Colored Toothpick Number Designs
Make different designs with colored toothpicks and a specific number, for example make different designs of toothpicks of the number 5.
Unifix Cube Patterns
Provide students with bowls of unifix cubes in 2 colors. Have students make different patterns and record them with small squares of construction paper.
Place the game in a center to develop color recognition and number skills.
Colored Pasta Number Designs
Make different designs of a specicified number using colored pasta.
Graph Favorite Colors
Crayon Number Book
Use tiny crayons, paste in a book that goes.... 1 red crayon, 2 green crayons,....
Make a Rainbow
On a sunny day, fill a pan with water and rest a flat mirror against the inside. Adjust the mirro until you see a rainbow appear on the opposite wall. Secure the mixture with modeling clay.
Use coffee filters and magic markers to show how colors can separate. Cut the coffee filters into strips. Take a magic marker and put a dot on the end of the strip. Hang the filter strips over a pan of water, just so they touch th water. Watch as the color spreads. When the colors are almost to the top, remove them from the water and let dry. Discuss the results with the students.
Read Mouse Paint by Ellen Walsh. Gather three large jars, water and red, yellow and blue food coloring. Fill the jars with water. Put a few drops yellow food coloring in the first jar slowly. Then add a few drops of red food coloring until the water turns orange. Repeat the above steps usng red and blue food coloring; also the yellow and blue food coloring.
Pour 1/4 cup of dishwashing liquid into a contaner (a low shallow dish works well). Add small amounts of water and tempera paint until the color is intense. Put a straw in the paint mixture and blow carefully until the bubbles start to overflow. Gently place the paper over the bubbles, then lift carefully. When dry, cut into desired shapes.
Dried Paper Decorations
Put water in several small bowls, add food coloring to produce a deep color. Fold white paper towels into eighths. Dip each corner of the folded towel into the different colors. Unfold the paper towel carefully, hang up to dry.
Primary Colors - 1 per day. Later, put two primary colors together that will make secondary colors.
Make collages from colored yarns, ribbons, buttons, colored cotton balls, felt....
Fingerpaint with various colors.
Use colored pasta to make collages.
Provide students with magic markers (8 basic colors)
to draw with.
Make three colors of jello. After jello is set, layer into a clear plastic cup. Top with whipped cream.
After reading Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present, have students name the fruits in the story. Make fruit salad from a recipe chart.
After reading The Birthday Cake, have students make mini birthday cakes. Each child needs six vanilla wafers and ices each cookie a different color. Refer to the book for the correct color sequence.