Engaging programs to keep kids coming back to the library
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.
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.
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.
|red||berries, apple, cherries, cranberries||barberry, rose, poppy|
|blue||berries, potatoes||wild indigo|
|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|