We waved our colorful scarves to this song during storytime. Sing it at home with your baby – you can point out the different colors as you sing together. This video clip will give you the tune and words to the song.
In Edward Gibb’s I Spy With My Little Eye, we are introduced to many “colorful” creatures. The peephole shows us a hint of color but it isn’t until we turn the page that we see the matching animal. Such a great book for babies and toddlers – the illustrations are huge, the colors vivid and the guessing game throughout keeps little ones engaged and thinking. Also a wonderful book to teach colors and animal identification. You can use the book to make the animal sounds as well. Another fun way to bond and get your infant ready for reading.
Pete the Cat – I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin with art by James Dean is always a crowd pleaser for kids of all ages. Pete the Cat loves his white shoes but they don’t stay white for long! He steps into strawberries and they turn his shoes red, then blueberries and they turn blue, then mud which turns them brown and then water which makes them wet which washes ALL OF THE COLORS off to reveal wet, white shoes! This book is great for so many reasons but one that stands out is the song you can sing throughout the book. Watch the video below to hear the tune as sung by the author!
Red dragon, green dragon, yellow dragon, blue.
Orange dragon, brown dragon, purple dragon too!
Shall we count them all together?
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 5 7!
Seven color dragons soaring to the heavens!!
We did a little color mixing with the three white mice from the story, Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh. It seems three white mice stayed against a white background to keep a pesky cat from seeing them. They blended so well into the white wall that the cat could never find them. But they got bored, moved away from the wall and started to play with some cans of paint. There was a blue can of paint, a red can of paint and a yellow can of paint. Each mouse experiments by jumping into one of the cans; the first one jumps into the blue can, the second into a red can and the third into a yellow can of paint. You can see what happens below! They turn blue, red and yellow!
But things don’t end there. The mice learn a bit about color mixing when they jump into the paint cans a second time. This is a great way to teach colors and color mixing. Even if the concept of color mixing is too difficult to grasp, there is still a great deal a toddler can absorb from this story. Their curiosity keeps them engaged as they see the mice come out of the cans a different color.