I expected color week to be one of the easier weeks to plan - but it turned out to be really challenging. The sheer number of activities to choose from combined with the fact that my son is not understanding the concept of colors quite yet made it difficult to put together a plan for cohesive activities that he would actually learn something from (which was my hope). Instead, I settled for activities that I thought would be fun and engaging and would give us the opportunity to talk about colors more than we usually do. Read more below to see which activities did for color week.
Books for Colors WEek
Choosing books was the easiest task for our color themed week~ We already had quite a few books that incorporated colors into their stories and found two new books to check out at the library as well. It is also easy to incorporate a discussion of color into many stories by pointing out colors in illustrations.
Songs about Colors
Because colors area a very (i.e. completely?) visual concept, it was much harder to find songs that incorporated color and were appropriate for a toddler. We ended up primarily just singing one song, and did include one other song that was good for a group on a day we were doing our activities with some older kids.
The song we were able to sing alone was called I See Colors Everywhere. We didn't actually watch the song on YouTube, but it was really easy to remember, so I was able to sing it with T on my own. As I will detail in my next post, I created some rainbow shakers/sensory bottles with dyed rice and beads this week. We used them when we sang this song to display each color. Because they doubled as shakers, these sensory bottles were a nice addition to the song as both a visual aid and musical instrument. I just held up each appropriate color as we said hello and goodbye to it, and they held his attention well thanks to the shaking sound.
When we had some other, older children participating with us, we sang The Color Song, which incorporated actions depending on what colors you were wearing (for example, if you were wearing red you pat your head). My toddler definitely did not understand the concept of the song, but he had fun doing the actions anyway and it was still a good opportunity to reinforce color vocabulary.
Former science teacher. Work-at-home mom to a toddler. Attempting to enrich our days with intentional play and exciting experiences to expand a growing little mind.