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My Favorite Colors Book

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

  • Grade 1
  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Directions

    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.
  • Standards

    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.

  • Adaptations

    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.


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