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|