My daughter and I are reading the Dr. Seuss book, “My Many Colored Days. We love this book for its vibrant paintings on the pages and for the description of emotions and moods a person may feel throughout the day. The colors, textures and shapes added to the sensory experience of children. Visuals are important in any children’s book and the illustrator did a wonderful job in its child-like pictures, brush strokes and making the color come alive.
As a parent, the ability to teach our children about emotions empowers our kids to be in awareness of their feelings and acknowledge how other people may be feeling as well. I like this book because it teaches our moods and emotions may shift and change daily. For example, in the book pink, blue and yellow are happy and light feelings while grey, brown and black are heavier emotions. Kids learn that our days may change according to our moods and that our moods also depend on the type of day we are experiencing.
My child enjoyed experiencing all the many colors in a different way while reading this book. At the age 3, she recognizes her colors which made it more fun to read together. “My Many Colored Days” is a delightful book that I recommend to other parents and their young children.
We can also further think of other emotions that a child may experience during the day and ask what color does she think it could be. Or, if I can say I am having a yellow day, she can tell me that I am feeling happy and lively like a bee.
Inspired by “My Many Colored Days, we engaged in a fun activity that involved drawing different facial expressions and finding pictures in magazines or on the Internet. We drew, cut, and printed the different facial expressions we found. Then we colored the picture with the matching color!