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Mixing Colors

Ice cubes with food coloring, put 2 in a bag let them melt observe

Making Crayons

Melt broken crayon fragments in microwave, pour into molds to make new crayons - use all the same color or experiement with mixing colors

Nervous Colors

Activity from 1st grade integrated curriculum article with milk, food coloring, and dishwashing liquid

Reading (Books Recommended by Houghton Mifflin Reading Program)

Browsing Books

Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh Harcourt 1989 (32p) also paper Three white mice experiment with jars of red, yellow, and blue paint.

Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert Harcourt 1988 (32p) also paper Planting a garden of flowers, a child learns the colors of the rainbow.

Kente Colors by Debbi Chocolate Walker 1996 (32p) also paper A celebration of the traditional, colorful kente cloth made by the peoples of Ghana and Togo.

Butterfly Colors by Helen Frost Pebble 1999 (24p) Photographs present the colors and patterns of butterfly wings.

Tell Me a Season by Mary McKenna Siddals Clarion 1997 (32p) Simple text describes the colors of the changing seasons.

Color Dance by Ann Jonas Greenwillow 1989 (32p) A dancer waving a scarf demonstrates different color combinations.

Carmen's Colors by Maria Diaz Lee & Low 2000 (8p) A Mexican American girl and her mother buy an array of colorful items at an outdoor market.

Yellow Ball by Molly Bang Morrow 1991 (24p) also paper A boy's yellow ball drifts out to sea and washes up on a distant shore.

Freight Train by Donald Crews Greenwillow 1978 (24p) A train of colored cars journeys through tunnels, by cities, and over trestles.

Green by Mary Elizabeth Salzmann Sandcastle 1999 (24p) Photos and simple text describe familiar objects that are the color green. See others in series.


Harold and the Purple Crayon by Robert Kraus Harper 1955 (64p) also paper A boy draws himself exciting adventures with a purple crayon

A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni Knopf 1997 (32p) paper A chameleon goes in search of a color he can call his very own.

All the Colors of the Earth by Sheila Hamanaka Morrow 1994 (32p) Young people of all colors dance across the pages of this poetic celebration of diversity.

Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes Greenwillow 1996 (32p) The new purple plastic purse Lilly takes to school gets her into trouble.

Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present by Charlotte Zolotow Harper 1962 (32p) A rabbit helps a girl create a colorful birthday gift for her mother.

Animals Black and White by Phyllis Limbacher Tildes Charlesbridge 1996 (32p) Questions and answers present information on black-and-white animals.

Chidi Only Likes Blue by Ifeoma Onyefulu Dutton 1997 (32p) Chidi's older sister teaches him about the colors they see in their Nigerian village.

George Paints His House by Francine Bassède Orchard 1999 (32p) George the duck's animal friends give him ideas on what color to paint his house.

Shared Reading

A Beasty Story by Bill Martin Jr. Harcourt 1999 (32p) In a rhyming story incorporating color words, four mice who explore a dark house get a surprise.

Mary Wore Her Red Dress and Henry Wore His Green Sneakers by Merle Peek Clarion 1985 (32p) On Katy's birthday her animal friends come to the party dressed in clothes of different colors.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. Holt 1992 (32p) Animals answer the repeated question “What do you see?” in a playful book about color.

One Gray Mouse by Katherine Burton Kids Can 1997 (32p) Readers count from one gray mouse to ten red snails in this rhyme.

Teeny, Tiny Mouse by Laura Leuck Bridgewater 1998 (32p) A teeny, tiny mouse names objects of various colors he sees around his house.

My Crayons Talk by Patricia Hubbard Holt 1996 (32p) Rhyming verse celebrates color as a child imagines her crayons talking.

Let's Go Visiting by Sue Williams Harcourt 1998 (32p) A boy visits his farmyard friends, from one brown foal to six yellow puppies.

New Shoes, Red Shoes by Susan Rollings Orchard 2000 (32p) Bouncy verse tells how a girl goes shopping for a new pair of shoes with her mother.

Phonics Read Aloud

A Rainbow of My Own by Don Freeman Puffin 1978 (32p) A small boy who longs to have a rainbow of his own has his wish fulfilled. Classic

Miss Mary Mack by Mary Ann Hoberman Little 1998 (32p) A purple elephant jumps over a fence with funny consequences.

Who Said Red? by Mary Serfozo McElderry 1988 (32p) As a girl suggests colors he might like, a boy looks for his red kite in this rhyming story.


My favorite color is...

The colors ____ and _____ make ______.

I see a ________ _______.

A _____ is ______.

The color _____ makes me feel _____.

Science observation journal


Sorting by color

Math manipulatives, sorting mats

Favorite color graph

Color by number

What color am I wearing graph


Color Words

Naming Words

Feeling Words


Going to Greenland Game (HM)

Going to Greenland Science/Oral Language 1. Tell children they are going to go on an imaginary trip to Greenland, but first they are going to have to pack. Tell children that the suitcases they are taking on their trip are huge, so they can take anything they want, but each thing has to be a certain color. 2. Start the game by modeling, saying: I'm going to Greenland, and I'm taking something red. I'm going to take an apple. 3. Then start the next verse, changing the color. Call on different children to finish the second line by naming something that is the color you named in the first line. 4. Once each child has had at least one turn naming something to take on the trip, have the children line up, pretending they're holding suitcases. As you all march in a line, chant, “Oh, we're going to Greenland. Off to Greenland we go!”

The _____ is _____.

I am wearing _____.

I see _____.

Social Studies

My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss

Student "My many colored days book" - Reading color words and feelings words and colring

What should you do when you feel ____?

How can we help a friend who feels _____?


Motions for color songs

Scarf dance

Only allowed to dance when your color is called

Animal walk

Choose an animal that is the directed color and move like that animal

Online Sources/Additional Ideas

Fine Arts


Color Songs, KM_C1_PO1_PO3, Color Books with words and pictures for each song

Dramatic Play

Paint store

Clothesline Color Sort


Color Wheel

Color Names

Mixing Colors

Color Collages, Collages with all things of the color of the day