Toddler Program

Colores para campeones /

Colors for Champions

By Alexandra Corona and Paula Gonzales

Books to Share

  • Los colores by Anne Gutman.
  • Freight Train / Tren de carga by Donald Crews.
  • Maisy’s Rainbow Dream by Lucy Cousins.
  • Pinta ratones by Ellen Stoll Walsh.
  • Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh.
  • Oso pardo, oso pardo, ¿qué ves ahí? by Bill Martin.

Bulletin Board

Champion Colors

Use the photocopier or an overhead projector to enlarge the crayon pattern. Cut out crayons in primary colors from construction paper. Cover the bulletin board with white paper and arrange the crayons in various positions.



Cut out crayon shaped nametags using a variety of colors of construction paper, using the crayon pattern.


Colorful Stuff

Display concept books about colors on a table in the storytime area for children to check out.


Drape various colored streamers around the children’s area of the library. Attach sports shapes, such as baseballs, soccer balls, and footballs, to the streamers, if desired.


Serve a colorful party mix by combining popcorn, M&M’s®, raisins, and Chex® cereal. If any children are allergic to chocolate, substitute Skittles®, gummy bears, or another colorful candy.


Estaba la pájara pinta

(Traditional. English translation by Alexandra Corona.)

Estaba la pájara pinta,

Sentada en un verde limón.

Con el pico recoge la hoja.

Con la hoja recoge la flor.

¡Ay, ay, ay!

¿Dónde estará mi amor?

There Was a Beautiful Bird

There was a beautiful bird,

Sitting on a lemon tree.

With his beak he picks leaves.

With the leaves he picks the blossom.

Oh, oh, oh!

Where can my love be?


The Color Song

(Author Unknown. Sing this rhyme to the tune of The Macarena. You may visit Kids Juke Box to listen to a recording and learn the melody.)

Red is rojo.

Blue azul.

Yellow amarillo.

White is blanco.

Green is verde.

Brown is café.

Black is negro.

Audio Recordings

De colores” on De Colores and Other Latin American Folk Songs for Children by José Luis Orozco.

Flannel Board

Read Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin. Make flannel board characters based on the book to display as you read. Patterns for a bear, a fish, a sheep, a dog, a cat, a frog, a horse, a duck and a bird are included. Alternatively, if you have an old copy of the book, cut out pictures to use for your flannel board.


Elephant Craft


  • Grey construction paper
  • Tissue paper, various colors
  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks


In advance, cut elephant shapes from grey construction paper using the pattern. Cut small squares of tissue paper in a variety colors. Let each toddler glue tissue squares on the elephant shape. The finished product will resemble the patchwork elephant in Elmer by David McKee.

Web Sites
This web site has all kinds of coloring pages.

Up to Ten Kids
Animated coloring activities for children.

Includes coloring pages to print.

Professional Resources


Texas Reading Club 2006 Programming Manual / Reading: The Sport of Champions!

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

Page last modified: June 14, 2011