Toddler programs

Color Me, Me!

Books To Share

  • Hands! by Virginia L. Kroll.
  • Incredible Me! by Kathi Appelt.
  • My Box of Color by Lorianne Siomades.
  • A Rainbow All Around Me by Sandra L. Pinkney.
  • There's Only One of Me! by Pat Hutchins.

Books To Show

  • All The Colors We Are by Katie Kissinger.
  • Black is Brown is Tan by Arnold Adoff.
  • Cat’s Colors by Jane Cabrera.
  • Little Rabbit Who Wanted Red Wings by Carolyn Sherwood Bailey.
  • Matthew A.B.C. by Peter Catalanotto.
  • My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss.

Bulletin Board

Multicultural Rainbow

Use this as a craft to let the toddlers help create your bulletin board if time permits. Otherwise, trace enough hands or use a die-cut pattern to make enough hands to create the bulletin board yourself.

  • White, tan or beige, pink, black, and brown construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Stapler

Skin toned packs of construction paper are available from many craft supply sources. Let each child pick a piece of construction paper. Trace the child's hand. Help the child put his or her name on the hand. Cut it out and put it on the bulletin board in a rainbow arch, putting all the same color on the same line. Do not worry if you do not have enough hands to make a complete arch—not all rainbows form a complete semi-circle.


Upstart sells posters, bookmarks, and plastic bags that feature a poem from "Who Am I" by N. N. Charles.


Use a die cut machine or the patterns of a boy and a girl to cut out child shapes from multiple colors of paper. Let the kids add their own features such as hair and eye color, freckles, smile, etc.


Smilemakers sells stickers that proclaim "I Like Being Me" and "I am Special." Give each child who attends your program a sticker.


  • "All by Myself" from Ring A Ring O' Roses.
  • "My Eyes Can See" from Ring A Ring O’ Roses.


"In Both the Families" by Arnold Adoff in Families: Poems Celebrating the African American Experience by Dorothy S. Strickland.

Flannel Board

Scat the Cat

(Adapted by Jeanette Larson from a traditional story. Copy the cat pattern onto felt in each color. Put the appropriate colored cat on the flannel board as you tell the story. Let children participate in the storytelling, snapping their fingers at the appropriate time and suggesting other items that are the correct color where indicated. Copy the cat pattern onto tag board or paper and let each child color their own “Scat the Cat” to take home and play with.)

Once there was a cat and his name was "Scat." Scat the Cat was black and one day he noticed that all his brothers and sisters and friends were also black. So Scat decided he wanted to look different. He decided that he wanted to be a different color.

So he said: "I'm Scat the Cat, I'm sassy and flat, I can change my color just like that!" (snap fingers)

All of a sudden, Scat turned blue just like the sky, water, and (invite the kids to fill in the blank.) Then Scat walked to the lake, admired his reflection, and fell into the water! Poor Scat, he was a cat and he couldn't swim! He called for help but his friends couldn't see him because he was blue like the water. Finally, his friend Alison Alligator caught him and carried him safely to shore. Scat decided that he didn't want to be blue anymore.

So he said: "I'm Scat the Cat, I'm sassy and flat, I can change my color just like that!" (snap fingers)

All of a sudden he turned green like the trees, the grass, and (invite the kids to fill in the blank). Scat was happy being green so he went out to play with his friends. However, his friends couldn't find him because he was the color of the grass so they played without him. Now Scat the Cat was very unhappy and lonely and he decided he didn't want to be green anymore.

So he said: "I'm Scat the Cat, I'm sassy and flat, I can change my color just like that!" (snap fingers)

Suddenly Scat turned yellow like the sun and lemons, and (invite the kids to fill in the blank). As he walked through the zoo, Scat met his cousin Leo the Lion. Leo was not happy to see a yellow cat. "Grrrrr! I'm the only one who is supposed to be yellow!" Leo scared Scat and he was so frightened that he decided he did not want to be yellow anymore.

So he said: "I'm Scat the Cat, I'm sassy and flat, I can change my color just like that!" (snap fingers)

This time Scat turned bright red like an apple or (invite the kids to fill in the blank). Now Scat was sure he was the best color and he went out to play with his friends. But they all laughed at him, and said, "Who ever heard of a red cat?" Scat felt sad and decided that he didn't want to be red like an apple. He didn't want to be yellow like a lemon. He didn't want to be blue like the sky, and he didn't want to be green like the trees. "I want to be black again just like my brothers and my sisters and my friends. I want my friends to be able to see me and I want to have many cats to play with.

So he said: "I'm Scat the Cat, I'm sassy and flat, I can change my color just like that!" (snap fingers)

And Scat changed back to black and after that, he was happy being himself.

The Little Rabbit Who Wanted Red Wings

“The Little Rabbit Who Wanted Red Wings” by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey in Storytelling with the Flannel Board, Book One by Paul S. Anderson.


I Am Me

(Sing to the tune of "Frere Jacques.")

I am me, I am me

Who are you? Who are you?

I'm someone very special, someone very special.

So are you. So are you.


My Nose

  • Cardboard egg cartons
  • Stretch elastic, used for sewing waistbands
  • Scissors for adult use
  • Crayons or washable markers
  • Construction paper
  • Pompoms
  • Chenille pipe cleaners
  • Miscellaneous craft supplies appropriate for toddlers
  • Stapler
  • Tape

In advance, cut out one section of the cardboard egg carton for each child. Trim away some of the bottom of the cup so that the children can breathe easily while wearing their noses. Let the children color and decorate their noses with construction paper, pompoms, whiskers, etc. They can be realistic or fanciful. Measure stretch elastic to fit the child’s head comfortably. Staple to the eggcup, being sure that the staple is covered so that it does not scratch the child.



  • White construction paper
  • Filmstrip projector or other projector
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Black construction paper
  • Glue sticks

Tape the white construction paper to the wall at child height. Have the child stand about a foot away from the wall, sideways. Turn on the projector and position it so that the child's head casts a shadow on the white paper. Trace the image. Cut out the silhouette and glue it to the black paper.

The Story of Me

Copy the book pattern provided onto copy paper. Cut along the dotted lines. If desired, provide extra sheets of blank paper cut to the same size for each child. Punch two holes on the side. Have the children and caregivers work together to personalize the book. Write the child's name on "bordered" page (upper right). Draw pictures and add information that the child wants to save. These might include birth date, pictures of family, a list of favorite colors, animals, foods, etc., or other interesting information. Bind with yarn and give the book to the child to take home and read.


Serve gingerbread people or any other child-shaped cookie.

Audio Recordings

  • "All My Colors" on Ralph's World by Ralph Covert.
  • "The One and Only Me" on The One and Only Me by Lisa Atkinson.


Note: Many videos include several episodes or segments. Show one section as part of your program. For a toddler program, limit the film to less than 10 minutes. Display the other videos for parents and caregivers to check out.

  • "Big Book About Us" on Blue’s Clues - Get to Know Joe! (24 minutes)
  • "Plane of a Different Color" on Jay Jay the Jet Plane: Liking Yourself
  • Inside and Out. (20 minutes)


Texas Reading Club 2004 Programming Manual / Color Your World...Read!

Published by the Library Development Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Page last modified: October 31, 2018