Toddler Storytime: Colors

Still playing catch-up on a few sessions I missed. I performed two storytimes on colors back in December 2016, which is a theme I’ve done quite a few times and always enjoy.


Books Read:

Bear Sees Colors by Karma Wilson & Jane Chapman
White Rabbit’s Color Book by Alan Baker
Butterfly, Butterfly by Petr Horacek

Introductions: “Let’s All Do A Little Clapping” (To the tune of We Wish You a Merry Christmas).

Opening Song: “We Wave and Say Hello”

Book 1: Bear Sees Colors. I love Bear, and I’ve probably used every one of these books in one storytime or another. This is a great introduction to basic colors, with beautiful illustrations by Jane Chapman. I also like that this book includes a page on the color brown, which is often given the shaft as far as colors go.




Song: “If You’re Wearing Red Today”
To the tune of “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” A song that gets the kids moving, and lets us explore the colors of our own clothes.

If you’re wearing red today, red today, red today
If you’re wearing red today, please stand up!

I usually include an action for the kids who are standing, like “spin in a circle” or “hop on one foot!”

Book 2 (& Flannel Activity): White Rabbit’s Color Book. This is an adorable book that I somehow missed the first time I performed colors. But I found a great flannel version created by Leah at Sunflower Storytime, and I knew I had to give it a try. I bought red, yellow and blue containers at Hobby Lobby for a couple dollars, then constructed a bath for White Rabbit to wash in. I practiced the performance a few times and it still didn’t go over as smoothly as I’d hoped, but the patrons seemed to like it. I hope to try this again in the spring, although I might have a volunteer hold the book up and turn pages while I keep my attention on the rabbits.

Action Song: “Bubble, Bubble, Pop!”
A cute, catchy song that reinforces both colors and counting. I cut out colored fish for our flannel board to help us along.

Fingerplay: Open, Shut Them”

Book 3: Butterfly, Butterfly. One of my favorite books to use in storytime, Butterfly, Butterfly reinforces our knowledge of colors without being “about” colors. The surprise, pop-out butterfly at the end is always a nice touch.

Scarf Song: “Rainbow Dancers”
We used our colorful scarves to move around, get some energy out, and reinforce color recognition. (From the music CD Start Smart Songs for 2’s and 3’s).

Rainbow dancers let’s get ready
Hold your ribbons nice and steady.
You’ll hear the colors of the rainbow.
Listen for your time to go.

Shake red
Shake orange
Shake yellow
Shake green
Shake blue
Shake purple
Red ribbons turn around,
Orange ribbons, up and down.
Yellow ribbons, reach up high,
Green ribbons fly, fly, fly.
Blue ribbons tickle your nose,
Purple ribbons touch your toes.
Everybody dance around,
Swirl your ribbons up and down!

Wrapping Up: I had 20 people in attendance this week, which was a good, solid number. I think “Rainbow Dancers” might have gotten out of hand with many more bodies jumping around. A week later I performed a second color storytime repeating many of these songs and activities, but we read Freight Train by Donald Crews, Monsters Love Colors by Mike Austin, and I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! by Karen Beaumont (one of my all-time favorites!)



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