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BLAST Early Learning


i love my white shoesI Love My White Shoes
story by Eric Litwin; art by James Dean
As he walks down the street, Pete the Cat sings about his brand new white shoes as they change from red to blue to brown to wet.


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Press Here by Hervé Tullet; [translated by Christopher Franceschelli].
Instructs the reader on how to interact with the illustrations to create imaginative images.


My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss; illustrated by Steve Johnson with Lou Fancher
This rhyming story describes each day in terms of a particular color which in turn is associated with specific emotions.

Open-ended Questions for I Love My White Shoes:

• How would you feel if you got your brand-new shoes dirty?



Bumpin’ Up and Down
Bumpin’ up and down in my little red wagon
Bumpin’ up and down in my little red wagon
Bumpin’ up and down in my little red wagon
Won’t you be my darling

Continue to sing a different color each time.



Colors Song
Green, green, is the color I see.
If you’re wearing green then show it to me.
Stand up.
Turn around.
Show me your green then sit back down.

Sing the song using different colors, making sure to include each of the children at least once.


Vocabulary Word:

brand-new: adj. never used before; completely new

“Pete the Cat was walking down the street in his brand-new white shoes.”

(taken from I Love My White Shoes by Alice Shertle; illustrated by Jill McElmurry)



Sorting by Color
Sort different things in your classroom by color. Here are some good places to start:
-Friends, by the color of their shirts
-Small manipulative toys
-Shoes (everyone take them off and sort into piles by color)


Marble Painting
Put a half-sheet of paper in the bottom of a shoe box. Squirt a dab of red, blue, and yellow paint onto the paper. Drop a few marbles into the shoe box. Let the children hold the shoe box and tilt it in different directions to see the marbles drag and mix the paint. Talk about what happens when the colors mixed.

Mixing Jell-O
Prepare two Ziploc bags of yellow Jell-O, one bag of red Jell-O and one bag of blue Jell-O. Have the children predict what will happen when different colors of Jell-O are mixed. Mix colors by adding one half of the red Jell-O into one of the yellow Jell-O bags. Let the  children manipulate and observe the change. Add one half of the blue Jell-O to the other yellow bag. Manipulate and observe. Add the rest of the red to the blue. Manipulate & observe.

-Make the Jell-O into square Jell-O Jigglers and let the children stack their squares to see the new colors come through the transparent Jell-O.

-See what happens when you mix the Jell-O powder before making the Jell-O.



Blue Chameleon by Emily Gravett
A lonely chameleon tries to change his color and shape to fit in with other animals, including the swirly snail, the pink cockatoo, and the green grasshopper, but he cannot find anyone that is just like him.


Lemons Are Not Red
by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

A simple story highlights such things as a yellow lemon, a pink flamingo, and a silver moon in a visual game in which die-cut shapes fall on the correct color backgrounds.

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Blue Goose by Nancy Tafuri

When Farmer Gray goes away for the day, Blue Goose, Red Hen, Yellow Chick, and White Duck get together and paint their black and white farm.


dog's colorful dayDog's Colorful Day: A Messy Story about Colors and Counting by Emma Dodd

In this colorful story of a sloppy dog, you can count on a happy ending.