White Rabbit’s Color Book, by Alan baker

                  White Rabbit explores color mixing by jumping in and out of buckets of paint.  This is a nice first story about primary and secondary colors.


  •  Food coloring, red, blue, and yellow
  •  Empty clear plastic water bottles
  • Spray bottle of water
  • Paint samples (can get free anywhere paint is sold)
  • Playdough recipe and ingredients, see Discovery


  • Quick dip (to go for a quick swim)
  • Royal (to be a king or queen, prince, or princess)

Before Reading the Story

Ask the children to show you a color that they are wearing. (Who’s wearing red? I see green on Mabel’s skirt, Mabel can you show us the green?),

Language Development/Listening & Understanding; demonstrates increasing ability to attend to and understand conversations, stories, songs, and poems.

Reading the Story

                  Make sure to stop along the way so the children can guess what new color rabbit will be.

Approaches to Learning/Reasoning & Problem Solving; grows in recognizing and solving problems through active exploration, including trial and error, and interactions and discussions with peers and adults.

After Reading the Story

                  Fill the plastic water bottles up with water.  At the rug, drop several drops of red food coloring into the bottle.  Now add several drops of blue, what happens?  Do this mixing red, yellow, and blue food coloring in various ways.  Let the children guess as you work.

Science/Scientific Skills & Methods; begins to use senses and a variety of tools and simple measuring devices to gather information, investigate materials and observe natural processes.


                  Make play dough with the children today.  (Mix together well; 1 cup white flour, .5 cup table salt, 2 Tbls. Veggie oil, 1 tsp alum.  In a small cup add .5 cup of warm water and food coloring to make color of choice).  Have the children each mix their own and choose their own color play dough.  Keep these in small ziplock baggies that are airtight.

Science/Scientific Skills & Methods; begins to participate in simple investigations to test observations, discuss and draw conclusions, and form generalizations.

Music and Movement

Play the Color Song by Hap Palmer, have the children hold up sheets of colored construction paper and follow the songs directions. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4v-nocdm20g

Language Development/Listening & Understanding; shows progress in understanding and following simple and multiple-step directions.


Put out small colored blocks today for the children to build with. As they work comment upon their structures. (I see you used that tall red block on top, What color block will you use next? You are making a pattern of red, blue, red, blue-good for you!, How many square yellow clocks did you need to use to make that wall?).

Mathematics/Geometry & Spatial Sense; begins to recognize, describe, compare, and name common shapes, their attributes and parts. AND Approaches to Learning/Engagement & Persistence; shows growing capacity to maintain concentration over time on a task, question, set of directions or interactions, despite distractions or interruptions.


                  Today would be a good day to finger paint with red, yellow, and blue. (If you do finger painting on cookie sheets you can do your major clean-up later in the day).

Creative Arts/Art; begins to understand and share opinions about artistic products and experiences.

Library and Writing

                  Have the child spray a piece of construction paper with water from a spray bottle until paper is dampened.  Then have them write their name or draw on the wet paper with magic markers.  The colors will bleed from the water and make new colors where they touch.

Literacy/Early Writing; progresses from scribbles, shapes, or pictures to represent ideas , to using letter-like symbols, to copying or writing familiar words such as their own name.

Sand and Water

                  Put water into the table today and add some food coloring to make the color the child asks for.

Social & Emotional Development/Self-Control; demonstrates increasing capacity to follow rules and routines and use materials purposely, safely, and respectfully.

Dramatic Play

Math and Manipulatives

                  Collect paint samples in various colors.  Make sure to get two of each color sample.  Put them in a bowl and let the children sort and match them.  For younger children gather a variety of colors, for older children try various shades of the same or similar colors.

Mathematics/Patterns & Measurement; shows increasing abilities to match, sort, put in a series, and regroup objects according to one or two attributes such shape, sixe, or color.

Outdoor Play

Bring out a sheet of green and red construction paper and play Red Light, Green Light. The children stand on one side of the playground and the teacher on the other. The teacher turns her back to the children and holds up the green paper shouting Green Light! The children move towards the teacher. The teacher then holds up the red paper and shouts Red Light! and turns around quickly. If any children are seen moving, they must go back to the starting point. The object is to reach the teacher following the red light, green light prompts.

Language Development/Listening & Understanding; shows progress in understanding and following simple and multiple-step directions.


                  Play I Spy using colors.  I spy with my little eyes something on the block shelf that is red and has black wheels.  I spy with my little eyes someone who is wearing a green and white flowered shirt. Let the children take turns guessing as they move onto the next activity.

Language Development/Listening & Understanding; understands an increasingly complex and varied vocabulary. AND Approaches to Learning/Reasoning & problem Solving; develops increasing abilities to classify, compare,and contrast objects, events, and experiences.


Idea for finger painting.

About Kerry CI am an Early Childhood Educator who has seen daily the value of shared book readings with my preschoolers. I use the book theme in my centers and can daily touch upon a variety of Early Childhood Domains which makes assessing the children easy and individualized.