Inspired by Five in a Row, I decided to create my own ‘mini unit study’ based on a book we own, The Color Kittens by Margaret Wise Brown (she’s also written Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny, which are found in Before Five in a Row).  The first most obvious theme in the book is colors–the kittens have primary colored paint and they are trying to mix it to find other colors they love and see around them.  The secondary theme is imagination.  The kittens dream about a different world where all the colors are mixed up.

To do this unit study, I suggest starting every day of the week by reading the book, then selecting some of the activities below to do afterwards.  If you’d like to include a Bible lesson, you can also include a memory verse for the week that talks about color (or maybe read about Joseph and the Coat of Many Colors and have them draw what they think it might look like).  Our verse this week is “Quench not the Spirit, 1 Thessalonians 5:19″…it was a main verse in our Pastor’s sermon this week and I thought it tied in well enough.

Here are some suggested activities:

Art:  Give your child the colors the kittens had in the book (red, yellow, blue, white and black) and have them mix to create the new colors the kittens discover.  Allow them the freedom to create a painting of their choice with the new colors.

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(Dexter only paints spiders right now…)

Imagination:  Talk about the dream that the kittens experience.  Have your child close their eyes and tell you about what they see.  Tell them to draw a picture of everything they imagined.  Explain that we can use our imagination to come up with just about anything.

Absorption Color Wheel:  Details for this can be found at Chasing Cheerios.  As an extension, maybe try creating different color carnations through absorption and talking about how flowers ‘drink’ water to grow.

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(orange and purple didn’t turn out as well as green….maybe I needed more red coloring?)

Science:  Talk about how as the Earth rotates, the sun appears to move across the sky.  In the afternoon, the sun is lower in the sky and we see long shadows.  Maybe explain this using a flashlight inside first, when the light is directly above there is almost no shadow at all, but towards the side creates a longer shadow.  Extend to a little history and make a sundial if you’d like, too.  Go outside different times of day and talk about the shadows you create.

Scavenger Hunt:  This can be done indoors or out, but probably more fun and more science extensions if you go outside.  I Am Momma did a good version here, maybe use an egg carton that you color in advance instead to make collecting a little easier for your little one.  I suggest scouting out where you are going to walk first to make sure your child will be able to find the colors you are having them find.  This would be a great activity to do at a local park!

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(He LOVED this.  Little sister had the other part of the egg carton, colored in the spots herself, and joined us…but lost her items every time she started moving.  I suggest not cutting the lid of the carton so that you can close while you hunt for the next item)

Food:  Create a muffin tin color meal.  Here’s some inspiration over at Muffin Tin Mom.


(mmmm…..the kiwis and bananas got left behind since they are still quite suspicious of kiwi, and bananas are either eaten in bulk or untouched)

Math:  Talk about the number 2.  (Side note:  Drea and I were in a master’s level math class together in college where the professor spent the entire first lecture talking all about the number 3.  Is this 3?  Or is this 3?  It was crazy abstract…)  Show your child different representations of the number 2 (use like objects to start, like 2 counting bears, or 2 cups).  Show them other numbers with the objects (1-3) and have them tell you whether it is 2 or not.  Take two trays and put 2 items on one and 3 items on another and ask if they both have 2.  Have them find 2 of their favorite toys.

Art:  Have your child color in a color wheel.  Talk about how when we mix colors it creates new colors.  Here’s a good printable.

Supporting Book Suggestions: 

Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See by Eric Carle

Freight Train by Donald Crews <—by the way, favorite book of both my children…I read it like 5 times a day, minimum.

Oh the Thinks You Can Think by Dr. Seuss

A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni

Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni  <—found this at the library.  REALLY great tie in!!


I’d love to see your version if you decide to follow the unit study!