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Pantone COLORS

I found this book a couple years ago at MOMA in New York.  It’s still a favorite of mine for homes and classrooms.


Ever since I took a graduate class where the professor insisted we teachers of young children only provide primary colors to our students, I’ve been fascinated with the challenge of helping children identify that BLUE doesn’t just mean one color of blue.  By providing children with only primary paint colors, our young Monet’s arrive at the many shades of colors on their own – and it’s an amazing revelation to observe!   In my Kindergarten classes, I would take my little ones outside and have them collect something “green”.  We would then go back to our classroom and try to replicate each one of our own personal “greens” (me included)!  I still love that activity – it’s a favorite of mine.

This book celebrates the many answers to “What is blue?”   “orange”  “yellow”.

Oh, and the next time you find yourself outside, take a minute and observe the Creator’s definition of “green”.

Pantone: COLORS,
 published by Abrams/Appleseed Books – March 2012, introduces children to 9 basic colors and 20 shades of each.  It features an illustration of a familiar image for pre-schoolers, such as a train, for example, on one page and an array of Pantone Matching System (PMS) colors in the same range (in the case of the train, blues) on the other. The names they use to describe each color shade is familier to children: Pretzel Brown, Grasshopper Green, Taxi Cab Yellow, and Pumpkin Orange “By experiencing each of the colors as an image, then as shades, children are introduced to the concept that one color name can mean many different things in a dynamic way that will thrill parents, educators, and designers.

According to Abrams/Appleseed Publishing Director, Cecily Kaiser, “Pantone: COLORS is fast becoming an in-house favorite. It’s so visceral, bright and bold, and you just want to hold it and own it.”

I totally agree!!  I’m crazy about this book.  A must for every home library.

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Note:  The Amazon link below is for a  board book.

My Heart is Like a Zoo Craft

All you need is some colored paper, glue, scissors, and wriggly eyes!

What a fun activity for children – anytime!  This activity is based on our book review of My Heart is Like a Zoo.

First we went to the Dollar Store and found this set of six heart shapes – yep, for just a $1.

We used the shapes to trace several different sized hearts on various colored sheets of card stock purchased from our local Michael’s.
I was excited to be able to cut out various shades of some colors – because I’d rather give children three shades of yellow to work with, instead of just “yellow”.   But that’s just me.  (and why I love the Pantone Colors book for children – see REVIEW here.
After reading our CLIP pick book for February, My Heart is Like a Zoo, give your child the palette of heart shapes & colors, some wiggly eyes and let them create.
Mount on a sheet of black or white card stock and display for all to see!
A few more details and our creation will be complete.  Cute!

Encourage original animal creations, or allow children to replicate an animal from the book. It doesn’t matter as long as you are having fun creating together!

Oh, and check out this cute idea!

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From Mrs. T’s First Grade Class


Deni Corbett

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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.
It’s one of our favorite books on Fireflies.