Storytelling: Are you feeling blue?

I was recently sorting through supplies as the upcoming school year quickly approaches. I separated the bright yellows, from the vibrant greens, apart from the bold reds… I noticed a shortage of blue colored pencils. Literally. They were almost all completely worn down to tiny stub pencils! These blue pencils had transformed many stark white pages into beautiful crisp blue skies and deep ocean waters. They were given shape and life thanks to the precious hands of the little artists using them. A child can quickly turn that ordinary blue pencil into something wonderful.

Yves Klein understood the power of color. He also shared a love of blue. Klein created many blue paintings. The format of his painting, the texture, and the application might have varied, but they all were identical in color. Klein was so well-known for his blue works that his rich hue of choice was named after him. “International Klein Blue”.

Yves Klein Untitled Blue Monochrome-1957

Though I can appreciate Klein’s preference of one particular shade there is much beauty to be found in the wide range of colors. The blue that sparked Klein might be an entirely different blue for me. The way we relate to color can be personal. Color can mean a memory. The shade of pink on Grandma’s china or the soft brown of your childhood stuffed dog. Color can fill our senses and ignite our imaginations.


Why not provide a little color encouragement to your creative little one? Engage with your child about the many colors they know. What are some of their favorites? Why? Be sure to share yours! Next, choose a color together and locate various items around your house of that color. Try to find different shapes, textures, and values. Using the FREE template provided, guide your child through a sensory color writing experience. Last, but not least, encourage them to highlight that color in their very own illustration at the top of the template as the final touch!

Get your FREE template: Color Poem Writing Prompt

If you want to expand your color exploration, why not take a trip to the local paint store and view the large variety of paint chips? Pick a few with your child to jumpstart a conversation about what they would use the color for, what they like about it, what it reminds them of, etc.



Jocelyn Bartle

And, in case you missed it, here is an earlier PANTONE: Colors post that goes so well with Jocelyn’s post.
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