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Colorful Books


Gather color themed books. (See our list below.) Each day of the week, read a different one of the colorful books. At the end of the week, set up a simple "color experiment" center. Using muffin tins, fill half the cups with primary colors of food coloring and water. Fill the remaining cups with just water. Invite children to use plastic eyedroppers to mix and discover secondary colors.

A "Colorful" Booklist

  • How the Animals Got Their Colors: Animal Myths from Around the World by Michael Rosen, illustrated by John Clementson
  • Colors (Slide 'n Seek) by Chuck Murphy. A board book for the very young.
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr., illustrated by Eric Carle
  • Mary Wore Her Red Dress and Henry Wore His Green Sneakers by Merle Peek. Illustrations from black and white to full color -- and a song too!
  • The Color Kittens (Golden Books) by Margaret Wise Brown. A re-issued version of this old (over 50 years!) classic for very young children. All about mixing colors.
  • Why Do Leaves Change Color? (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science, Stage 2) by Betsy Maestro. Colors and autumn science all wrapped up together.

At the end of the week, have students vote for their favorite among the colorful books.


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