Red, yellow, green, blue….pink, purple – there are so many beautiful colors in the world!!! We read all about colors in today’s storytimes.
The concept of colors can be difficult for toddlers to grasp at first; what seems easy to us can be very challenging for little ones who are just learning to embrace everything they hear, see and touch. The world can be exciting yet overwhelming for them.
The best thing to do if you want to introduce your baby to colors is to make it fun and a part of your everyday interactions. You might say: “Oh look at that red flower!” or “Mommy’s wearing a blue shirt today…I love the color blue!” Identifying the colors of everyday objects will allow your child to slowly assimilate the concept of colors in a fun, engaging way. And please don’t fret if your child can’t remember all of the colors – learning takes time. Taking your child to storytime where concepts are introduced in different ways (songs, stories, visuals) and engaging your child through play will eventually lead to that ‘aha’ moment. It’s almost like magic! Just enjoy the process with your child; as you bond through conversation, sharing and play you’ll find the world opening up for both of you.
Here are some of the stories we read:
Flannelboard (Infant): Little Boy Blue
Little Boy Blue, come blow your horn
The sheep’s in the meadow, the cows in the corn
But where is the little boy who looks after the sheep?
He’s under the haystack, fast asleep.
Well shall we wake him?
Oh no, not I!
For if we do, he’ll surely cry.
Bounces (Infant): Dickery Dickery Dare
Dickery dickery dare (bounce baby on lap gently)
The pig flew up in the air! (lift baby up from lap)
The man in the brown, brought him back down… (bring baby down to lap)
Dickery dickery dare! (bounce baby on lap gently)
Tickle (Infant): Round and round the garden, goes the teddy bear…a one-step, a two-step…a tickle under there!
Action Song (Infant): Clap, Tap, Bend (Carol Hammett CD)
Flannelboard (Toddler): Little Mouse, Little Mouse
(Guessing game – the children have to guess which color house the mouse is hiding in)
Little mouse, little mouse
Are you in the (red, green, blue, orange…) house?
Action Rhymes & Songs (Toddler): Open Shut Them, This is Big…, My Head My Shoulders My Knees My Toes (Words/lyrics can be found in previous posts – Opposites & Food)
Opening Songs: Welcome Song, Hello Babies (in sign), Clap Your Hands (Toddler) [Wiggleworms CD]
Color Activity Song: Apples & Bananas (Country Goes Raffi CD) (Red Apple & Yellow Banana on flannel board…as we sing “apples” I point to the red apple; as we sing” bananas”, I point to the yellow banana). This reinforces colors while referring back to the Food storytime.
Closing Songs: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, Itsy Bitsy Spider & Big Gigantic Spider (to extend Opposites storytime); Goodbye Babies (in sign)
Video: Maisy’s Colors and Shapes
More stories to share at home: