My Many Colored Days – explore feelings with color, movement and music: OMazing Kids Yoga activity

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One of my favorite books to help kids learn about feelings is “My Many Colored Days” by Dr. Seuss.

Combine it with the amazing song “Colors” by Kira Willey, an assortment of music to correspond to each color, yoga poses for each animal in the book, colored scarves, a few printable craft activities &  the CALM Picture relaxation script for a fun way to help kids explore feelings in a multi-sensory way.

Supply List:

  • music for each color (my playlist on Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/omazing-kids-yoga/sets/my-many-colored-days/). Song 12: Mixed Up Day – Take Five by The Dave Brubeck Quartet & Song 13: Back To Me – La Valse D’Ame’lie by Yann Tiersen would not upload to Soundcloud for some reason…. You can listen to the music on Soundcloud to get a feel for the music but I purposefully disabled the “download” feature and encourage folks to purchase the mp3’s via Amazon or iTunes if they plan on using the songs in their kids yoga classes… because it’s the right thing to do :)   Inspired by a post from Maria’s Movers: http://mariasmovers.com/2011/03/dance-by-color-my-many-colored-days/.

  • OR save some time and buy a complete kit from Arts Education IDEAS: http://store.aeideas.com/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=SCARF-MYMCD2&Category_Code=SCARF – as of 8/22/11 the kit is $29.99 and includes:
    • The board book My Many Colored Days, by Dr. Seuss.
    • 10 durable 27” square, washable nylon scarves – 1 of each of the following 10 colors: purple, royal blue, gray, black, orange, red, kelly green, brown, pink and yellow.
    • IDEAS Colors Music CD with short sound/color segments, then entire pieces, all chosen for mood and movement.

  • a set of kids – 1 for each color

          

      

My Many Colored Days – kid color cutouts template: My Many Colored Days – kid color cutouts template

  • plain white paper
  • crayons, colored pencils or markers (keep each child’s unique fine motor & sensory needs in mind)

Other Info:

OMazing Kids Yoga StoryStretchers “My Many Colored Days” event in a Pre-K class at Roosevelt Elementary School in Norman, Oklahoma (YouTube videos):

  • Cool YouTube video of the book: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lum83DLPXIw
  • Yoga opportunities in this book: horse, bird, bear, buzzing bee breaths, owl, seal, fish, dinosaur, flamingo, wolf (up dog + howling), mixed up (make up a pose)
  • Use colored scarves for kids to explore looking through them, moving with them and blowing on them.
  • Different colors evoke different feelings in each person and may change depending on the context (a calm blue ocean, a happy blue bird chirping, a sad person singing the blues)… it is especially helpful for kids with Autism to explore multiple possibilities of meanings for each color. The meanings for each color vary in the song “Colors” by Kira Willey vs. what is depicted in the book “My Many Colored Days”.
  • More ideas at the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) Book Nookhttp://csefel.vanderbilt.edu/booknook/many_colored_days.pdf

How to sign My Many Colored Days

See how to do sign language with the story: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vdw6s_0ZIuw

My Many Colored Days - pose ideas printable from Kid Partners, Inc

Lots of pose ideas for the book from my friends at Kid Partners, Inc.: My Many Colored Days – pose ideas printable from Kid Partners, Inc. – http://www.kidpartners.net/programs/kid_partners_yoga (PDF: http://www.kidpartners.net/yahoo_site_admin/assets/docs/MCD_Pose_Ideas_per_Color_KPY.4784355.pdf)

DIY make rainbow crayons

What fun way to recycle-repurpose-resuse broken crayons! It would be fun to make these one week and then use them the next in a “My Many Colored Days” themed class. See this post from The Imagination Tree to see how to make them: http://www.theimaginationtree.com/2011/08/diy-rainbow-crayons.html

Tons of fun for kids of all abilities!

Stop by the OMazing Kids Yoga Facebook page for more fun ideas: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga

Update 5/17/13: Looking for more ideas for a feelings-themed kids yoga class? Check out this great post on the Be Yoga Be Love blog: http://beyogabelove.wordpress.com/2013/05/17/everyone-has-feelings/

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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2

Speech-Language Pathologist

Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities

Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2

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27 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by annik on March 14, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Thanks for the great resources! I have used this book many many times over and over again in counselling sessions! I love the music playlist!

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  5. This is great! I am sharing this with a group of preschool teachers tomorrow for a kids yoga training I am doing. I purchased the song Colours by Kira Willey -love it! I wanted to share a suggestion for a pose for the flamingo page of the book -you can do the balancing pose (tree or a modified version of extended hand to big toe pose (utthita hasta padangusthasana) that I call “Karate kid” -taking knee out in front and then playing with extending leg or taking it out to side (bent or straight) -have fun!

    • Cool! Look forward to hearing how your training goes :) Depending on kids abilities we usually either just balance on 1 leg for flamingo or sometimes do Dancer Pose. I’ve never tried of the utthita hasta padangusthasana pose…. sounds fun to try! Do you have a kids yoga FB fan page that I can “like” or a kids yoga blog or website that I can check out?

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  12. Posted by jen on March 6, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    This is an amazing resource. Thank you so much for posting it. I currently work in a high school but hope to make it to the elementary level. If I ever do, I will using these resources and activity first! Thanks again!

    Jen

  13. Posted by Linda Thele on March 3, 2012 at 11:46 am

    One more thing I didn’t know about for kiddos…. thanks for the fantastic resources

  14. What great resources! I love this book!
    Thanks for linking it up to the Suess Link Party!

  15. Wow! That’s a lot of resources! I love this book too. I really like your color the room activity. That sound like such a great way to use imagination as well as getting the body moving! Thanks for linking it up on the Seuss linky party.

    • Thanks Jackie! I had used this book for many years in my work as a SLP to help kids learn emotions & color….. but when I started doing kids yoga it took on a whole new life. It’s such an amazing multisensory way for kids to have fun, learn, be active and learn self-regulation & calming :)

  16. My Many Colored Days is my favorite Dr. Seuss book! I can’t wait to check out the music for each color. Thx for the great resources.
    Nicola

  17. wow great post! Thanks so much for sharing my link! :)

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