Art Storytime Lesson Plan


The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers

Louise Loves Art by Kelly Light

Jeremy Draws a Monster by Peter McCarty

Art by Patrick McDonnell

The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds

The Noisy Paintbox by Barb Rosenstack, Mary GrandPre

Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh

Harold and the Purple Crayon

Blue Chicken by Deborah Freedman

Beautiful Oops by Barney Salzburg

Art and Max by David Wiesner

Ish by Peter H. Reynolds

Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni

The Jellybeans and the Big Art Adventure by Laura Numberoff

The Artist Who Painted the Blue Horse by Eric Carle


The Color Song

These Are the Colours Over You

Fingerplays & Action Rhymes

Five Little Crayons

Paint with Colors


Tissue Paper Rainbows

Art Coloring Sheets


Sesame Street: OK Go - Three Primary Colors

Every Child Ready to Read Skills and/or Practices

Sing: Kids sing along with songs played during storytime

Talk: Have a dialogue with the kids about why each of the crayons feels the way that they do in The Day the Crayons Quit (Daywalt)

Read: Have kids read the words of all of the colors (red, blue, green, etc) throughout all of the books that feature them. 

Write: Kids write on their names on the backs of their rainbow crafts or color sheets

Play: Kids dance along with the songs played during storytime

Possible Asides to Parents & Caregivers

When reading to children, asking them questions about what happens next and character motivations will help them draw conclusions and practice awareness of story sequences. The conversation will also help build their vocabulary

Encouraging children to draw freely is a step towards writing because it stimulates small motor muscle control with the use of art supplies. 

Minnesota Early Childhood Indicators of Progress

Domain: Language, Literacy and Communications:

Language comprehension

Artistic expression and interpretation

Vocabulary and syntax

Shape and picture recognition and interpretation

Motivation, engagement

Letter recognition

Concepts of print

Comprehension of narrative text

Storytime Implemented

Storytime for 3 & 4 year olds

Introduction: Storytime brought to you by the letter ‘A’

Book: Louise Loves Art (Light)

Action Rhyme: Paint With Colors

Book: Blue Chicken (Freedman)

Multimedia: Sesame Street: OK Go - Three Primary Colors

Book: Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh

Song: The Color Song

Craft: Tissue Paper Rainbows

Further Resources

Every Child Ready to Read

Minnesota Early Childhood Indicators of Progress

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