Families: Crayons

For more information on how I plan and prepare my family storytimes, check out this introduction post. I starred the materials used in the plan. Some activities go unstarred because I only do this program once a week.

The Plan



A Day With No Crayons by Elizabeth Rusch
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
Monsters Love Colors by Mike Austin*
Red by Michael Hall*

Early Literacy Tip

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: Raffi’s “Raffi In Concert”*

Featured Track: #7 De Colores*

Flannelboard: “I Have a Crayon”*

Flannelboard: “Harold and the Purple Crayon”*

Song: “I Draw See Shapes” (Tune: London Bridge)*
I draw see a circle shape, circle shape, circle shape
I draw see a circle shape, how about you?
(Little square, triangle, rectangle, diamond)
Credit: Modified from The Story Place

Repeating Extension Activities

I had four back-up activities in case I needed them for time. I rarely used them, but here they are:

  • Dance Your Fingers Up*
  • Head, Shoulders, Knees, & Toes*
  • Itsy Bitsy Spider
  • Thumbkin

How It Went

I added “Red” by Michael Hall after I got a copy at ALA. It is a beautiful book about learning to accept yourself as you are no matter what you are labeled as and the families loved it. The kids were great at guessing in “I Have a Crayon”, but “Harold” went over a bit meh. I’m wondering if kids aren’t as familiar with him anymore. “Monsters Love Colors” was a great ending story. The only downside of this storytime was that “De Colores” was stuck in my head ALL DAY.

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