Families: Art

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



The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse by Eric Carle*
Blue Chicken by Deborah Freedman
I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont*
Monsters Loves Colors by Mike Austin

Early Literacy Tip
Children like to explore works of art that use a variety of materials and approaches to color, line, shape, texture, pattern, and space. Find different illustrations for a favorite song; talk about similarities or differences.

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: “Rock and Roll Garden” Bari Koral Family Rock Band*

Featured Track: #6 Colors*

Flannelboard: Mouse Paint*

Flannelboard: Six Paintbrushes/What Hue Is Missing?*

Props: Magic Paintbrush Folder Story

Repeating Extension Activities

I had lots of back-up activities in case I needed them for time. I starred which ones I used in this storytime:

  • Dance Your Fingers Up
  • Hands Are Clapping
  • Head, Shoulders, Knees, & Toes
  • Itsy Bitsy Spider
  • Mister Sun
  • Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear*
  • Thumbkin
  • Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star*
  • Wheels on the Bus

How It Went

My favorite part of today started before storytime even began. I always stand at the doorway and greet the families as they arrive. This week I had a kiddo stand at the doorway, put their hand on their hip and say, “Miss Katie, when are you coming in? It’s time for stories!” The dancing during Mouse Paint to mix up the colors was phenomenal. And this was our last week of spring session and I was still picking up new people!

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