A DAY WITH NO CRAYONS
TOOLS FOR TEACHERS: MATERIALS AND ACTIVITIES
Color The Real World In A Mural
1. Read a nonfiction book about any theme you might be teaching. (Ladybugs for
2. Tell the children to listen carefully and try to remember as many fun facts as they can
3. Have them write two to three facts about ladybugs on lined paper.
4. Have them choose their favorite fact and help them to edit it.
5. After they write it in final form, cut it out, and set aside.
6. Next, hang a large sheet of butcher-block paper on the wall.
7. Have each child draw a picture of a ladybug. (Be sure to space them out. A small dot
on the paper can be the cue for where to draw.)
8. As each picture is completed, glue the fun fact next to the ladybug picture.
9. Don’t forget to have the children sign their work!
Create Your Own Color Names!
In A Day With No Crayons, Liza found color in places she least expected . . . in mud
puddles, on red bricks, and on brown sticks. She found it in the pollen of flowers and
pebbles along the ground. Color surrounded Liza and it surrounds your students, too.
You can open their eyes and fill them with color by letting them create their own color
names. But, first . . .
1. Take them on a “color” walk around the outside of their school. Ask them to find as
many colors as they can in nature or in the environment.
2. When you return, hang a large sheet of butcher-block paper on the wall and divide the
paper into eight columns.
3. Label each column with one of the original eight colors. (Black, brown, blue, red,
violet, orange, yellow and green)
4. Next, brainstorm new color names (Ex. Coal Miner Black, TOADally Brown, Bluer
Than Blueberry, Beating Heart Red, Violet Prune, Candlelight Orange, Lazy Yellow,
Froggy Green) and write the new color names under the original color name on the
butcher-block paper on the wall.
5. Encourage the children to make up their own color names and have them write them
on the chart under the correct color.
6. Watch the list grow!
MAKE WASHABLE CRAYO