My Favorite Colors Book

My Favorite Colors Book lesson plan

Young learners become authors as they write their own books about colors, using crayon resist art techniques.

  • 1.

    Talk with children about their favorite colors and the objects, foods, and animals which are those colors. Encourage imaginative choices.

  • 2.

    To create personalized books, fold white paper in half for the inside pages. Children write color names and draw things that are their favorite colors with Crayola® Crayons. Use the crayon labels as resources for spelling.

  • 3.

    To make a book cover, use Crayola Scissors to cut firm paper...or oak tag to a size slightly larger than the book pages.

  • 4.

    Illustrate the cover with more crayon drawings and color names, as well as the author/artist's name. Press firmly.

  • 5.

    Cover the work area with recycled newspaper. Paint over the cover with Crayola Washable Watercolors and Watercolor Brushes. This crayon resist technique leaves a special background effect.

  • 6.

    When the covers are dry, have an ADULT staple the finished pages and cover together.

  • 7.

    Provide time in the school day for students to share their books with classmates.


  • LA: Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose informative/explanatory texts in which they name what they are writing about and supply some information about the topic.
  • LA: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade level topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
  • LA: Ask and answer questions in order to seek help, get information, or clarify something that is not understood.
  • VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.
  • VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.


  • Possible classroom resources include: Pantone: Colors by Pantone; White Rabbit's Color Book by Alan Baker; Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh; Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni
  • Students participate in a survey of favorite colors. Create a chart of the favorites of all members of the class. Graph the results in a bar or line graph.
  • Encourage students to create a comprehensive list of items they encounter that are their favorite colors. Students create a list of items. Those with writing issues may wish to audio-record their findings. Students may investigate their school environments, homes, playgrounds, shopping with mom and dad, etc. Students bring their list of items to the class for discussion.