This is a great song for learning about colors and for building rhyme recognition, an important skill for pre-readers (read more about phonological awareness here). Use this song during large group, music and movement time, or just as a filler during a transition. The little ones love it! Eventually, they’ll be ready to be the ones giving the clues!
Tune: Five Little Ducks (You know, “…but the one little duck with the feather on his back….”)
So many crayons in the box for you,
Red ones, yellow ones, blue ones too. (You’re welcome to change up the colors)
But the one little color that rhymes with (head)
It’s my favorite color, it’s the color….(red!)
(Hesitate at the end so the kiddos can fill in with the mystery color!)
More from the “Exploring the Arts through Our Senses” unit here!
Top photo by ctech.
I think this song is so cute!
Thanks Julie! I don’t even know where it originates! It goes way back to my days at the university lab school. It was always sure to keep the kids invovled until parents arrived at pick-up, or a teacher had an activity set up- whatever little crevice of time needed to be filled with something engaging and worthwhile!
Deborah Stewart says
Cute!!! I just love crayons. Even your header is so bright – this song is darling.
I left you a Happy 101 Award on my fingerplay blog. Feel free to tag others if you wish but I mostly wanted to be able to share your blog with others.
Thank you so much, Deborah! I’m flattered!
Diane Hunt says
Love this idea! My kids love to rhyme so this is another fun way to involve music. I truly believe children learn so much through music. Just look at Primary, right? 🙂
I have been using this song for years! From first-graders to preschoolers, they all love it! It doesn’t take the 4-year-olds long to catch on and pretty soon they are asking for “tricky” colors to guess! I don’t use this much with 3-year-olds until the end of the year (I found I mostly get blank stares if I introduce it too soon) and sometimes after I give the rhyming word I’ll give them two color choices to match the word to. This boosts their confidence level and the more they hear the rhymes, the better they get at rhyming!
Great examples of adapting for age and ability. Thanks, Sarah!
I wish I had the words to the entire crayon box song/fingerplay. Could you send it to me?