Thrive After Three

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(Fill-in-the-Blank)’s Colorful Day

These stories are inspired by Read It Again and The Wielded Pen. These stories are variations of Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd.

Dino's Colorful Day

I’ll be using Dino’s Colorful Day for the Dig Into Reading theme this summer. You can tell the children that brachiosaurus were plant eaters. Choose a color and ask them what kinds of foods the dinosaur could eat that was that color. (I’ve included a list of colored foods below.) Here’s a little rhyme you can use as you place each color on him:

I’m a great big dinosaur
I eat plants, I’m an herbivore.
I love food, but I have none,
So step right up and give me some.

Mouse's Colorful Day

You can cut out Mouse and do a “Lunch by Denise Fleming” type of story using the same colorful circles.

I’m a little mousie, light and furry.
I’m always in such a hurry.
Look at the clock it’s time for lunch.
Now give me something that I can munch.

Bunny's Colorful Day

Or, you can use Bunny’s Colorful Day and use spring flowers. This is a great vocabulary-building exercise.

I’m a little bunny and I love to hop.
When I start, it’s hard to stop.
But when it comes to flowers I like to dwell.
So bring me something that I can smell.

What is Bridget Reading? featured a similar story in last week’s Flannel Friday roundup of I Know a Wee Piggy. For more flannel ideas check out Bridget’s blog or Flannel Friday.

Color Food Plant
red berries, apple, cherries, cranberries barberry, rose, poppy
blue berries, potatoes wild indigo
gray oysters, mushrooms wormwood
yellow spaghetti, squash, honey, corn, lemongrass, pineapple daisy, sunflower, daffodil
pink watermelon, rhubarb, grapefruit magnolia, peony
purple eggplant, cabbage, plum, blackberries violet, lavender, hyacinth
black sesame seeds, beans, seaweed black swan, iris, queen of night tulips
brown whole wheat pasta, toast, almonds sycamore “helicopter” seeds
orange nectarines, papayas, cantaloupe, mango, carrots lion’s tail, aloe, day lily, Chinese lanterns
green asparagus, avocado, celery, bok choy, broccoli, cucumber, edamame, fennel, honeydew, kale, spinach fern, gingko
white cauliflower, tofu, coconut, onion, turnip magnolia, laurel

2 comments on “(Fill-in-the-Blank)’s Colorful Day

  1. Wow! So many good ideas. I’ll definitely be using your post a lot. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Kathryn Roach
    June 29, 2013

    Wow! What a great post! I’m pinning this for future reference for sure!!

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