The book the Colour Monster by Anna Llenas is a firm favourite amongst the children in Toddlers and Preschool. It is our go-to resource to use when our children are experiencing times of uncertainty, feeling overwhelmed, joyful and happiness but can’t harness what that feelings mean and how they can be displayed to their friends or peers.
The Colour Monster book centres around the 6 main emotions which can be identified alongside a colour;
· Blue is sad
· Yellow is happy.
· Green is calm
· Red is angry
· Black is fear/scared
· Pink is love
When using the book we have seen many benefits from
· Exploring what each emotion can feel like.
· Children build up understanding and empathy for each other.
· If they aren’t quite able to express their feelings or emotions that can tell us they feel blue or yellow, asscoaiting a feeling with a colour opens up our children to expressing and communications skills.
While using the colour monster book we centre a lot of different activities and conversation to help encourage our children’s self-resilience and openness to talk about how they are feeling, what has made them feel that way and how we can make them feel better.
Why not try some of these activities at home;
· Create you own colour monsters using mixed media. Make sure you give it a name.
· Make puppets that can be used throughout your children’s play. You will be surprised how much you can observe from listen to the voice through play.
· Colour sorting a range of objects in to the colour monsters basket.
· Talking through our emotions while reading the book – “ The colour monster is feeling blue . How can we make the monster Yellow/Happy” “ Whats makes you feel blue/Sad”
If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to speak to any of the team at Toddletown!
Posted on 17th August 2023