Friday, April 24, 2009

Dog's Colorful Day by Emma Dodd

C and R love Dog's Colorful Day by Emma Dodd and we read it often. It is the perfect book for counting practice and color recognition.
Dog is white with a black spot on his left ear. As Dog goes about his day, he gets splashed and marked with everything from jam to juice and ends up with ten different colored spots.

I drew Dog myself and then laminated the page. I then found clip art images of all of the items that splashed or marked Dog and laminated them. Unfortunately, I don't have any of the images to share because I laminated these months ago and I have no idea where I found them.

We used pom poms to represent the spots on Dog. I colored the black spot on, however, because that was a spot that Dog already had, not one that was splashed or marked on him.

As we read the book, C and R took turns finding the item that gave Dog the spot and the matching pom pom. They placed the pom poms on Dog and we counted the spots as we went along.

At the end of the book, Dog has a bath and we removed all of the spots! This was really intended as counting practice for R; she mastered these colors a long time ago but I think it is always good to review. This was too easy for C, but he still had fun playing.


Ticia said...

I'm going to have to find that book. Mine would love it.

Anonymous said...

I remember reading this to my dd. I'm going to have to get it from the library for my little guy. We are working on colors with him. There are some days I believe he is color blind other days he knows his colors.

Jen said...

My girls love this book. My youngest actually had a dog birthday party last year based on the do in this book. I love the craft with the colorful pom poms. I'm going to have to pull the book out and have some fun with the girls. Thanks for sharing!!

Creative and Curious Kids!

Emma Dodd said...

It's lovely to know that you and your children like "Dog's colorful Day so much" Your laminated drawing and pom-poms are fantastic. Great to see such creativity at work.
Dog is inspired by my own Jack Russel Terrier, Bart.
Best wishes
Emma Dodd