This week is the first week we are introducing at our Preschool to Pre-K blog “the book of the week.” 

The current theme is Martin Luther King and our book of the week is “The Crayon box that Talked” by Shane DeRolf and illustrated by Michael Letzig.

In Shane DeRolf’s deceptively simple poem, a child’s box of crayons conveys the sublimely simple message that when we all work together, the results are much more interesting and colorful.

Mommy and Me Toddler Discussion:
We talked about what is our favorite color and why? Mine is purple and son’s is green. We also talked about imagining if everyone was the same color and what we thought about that.

Art/Craft Activity
Make you multicolored crayons!
Broken pieces of crayon
aluminum pan

Peel broken crayons and melt in a small aluminum pan at 350 degrees for 15 -20 minutes. Cool and break into new multi-colored pieces.

Science/Art Actvity
Mixing colors and finding out what they make.
Materials: watercolors, brushes, water and paper
Here’s a Color Mixing Poster to learn what colors you can make! Use the color mixing activity page to mix your colors on.

Early Math
Make your own color book to help learn and remember colors!
Materials: Scissors, glue, magazines, construction paper, paper

Directions: Gather pictures of different colored items and place them in a photo album or glue onto paper. Your child may choose to draw pictures instead of cutting them out.

Color Mixing Snacks
Get blue Jell-O and yellow Jell-O. After jello sets, take a small zip lock bag and put a tablespoons of yellow on one side and a tablespoons of blue on the other. Then give child a bag and ask them what they think will happen when they squish it together.

After they guess, have them squish it and once it’s mixed to green, cut the corner off the bag and let them squeeze it into their mouth.