Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Story Extension Activity with a Leo Lionni Book

PTM Storyboard 2 Up VerticalHello and Happy New Year!!  I am so excited to begin the new year with some fresh and abundant ideas for this blog!  Thank you for coming along for the ride.  And as always, I love to hear from you so any feedback is appreciated!

When I taught preschool I absolutely loved story extension activities.  Story extension activities really can be anything you do to extend the book of choice such as art projects, acting out the story, making a book about the story, etc. the list really is endless. I plan to include many posts of my favorite story extension activities in the near future.

Really there is nothing like seeing a book come to life through a child's eyes based on a project you did together!  It's such a great way to celebrate the joy of GOOD books!

Today we read Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni.  On a side note Leo Lionni is a fabulous children's author and illustrator with some great gems under his belt.


The book is about color mixing- when little blue hugs little yellow they turn into little greens.

After we read the book I gave the girls a zip lock baggie with squirts of blue paint and yellow paint.


We talked about the book and I asked my 3 year old to recall what happened when little blue and little yellow hugged? "They made green!" I asked her how we could make green? She looked at her paint in the baggie and said "With the blue and yellow."

And away we went! Both girls loved squishing the paint around in the bag!! Fun and simple story extension that even ties in some science with color mixing!






  1. We love this book! What a great activity to go with it and extend learning =) We just started a year long book and activity link up on our blog and this post is exactly what we are looking for! I'd love to have you stop by.

  2. Thanks!! I added this to your link up! Thanks for letting me know about it!

  3. Your welcome! I added all the link-ups to our Love Books Pinterest Board too! This is just a fantastic activity and book connection =)


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