Saturday, July 17, 2010

Color Zoo

Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert is an amazing work of art. The pages are filled with shape cutouts that are stacked on top of each other to make a recognizable animal. As you turn the pages, a layer is removed, revealing yet another animal picture. The first page shows a tiger’s face using a circle, square, and triangle. When you turn the page, the circle is removed to reveal a mouse face made with a square and a triangle.

You can make your own Color Zoo to go along with the story.


• Scissors

• Glue

• Crayons

• A variety of shape cutouts in different colors and sizes

• Paper to glue animals on


1. After reading the book, tell your children that you’re going to make your own Color Zoo! How many different animals do they think they can create?

2. Put all the shapes in the middle of the table for your children to look at. Have your children think of an animal they want to make, and help them find different shapes to create that animal. Sometimes it helps to just start putting shapes together and see what it looks like!

3. When they’re satisfied with their animal, have them glue the shapes together on paper.

4. Add eyes, mouths, whiskers, tails, etc. with crayons.

You can watch the book being read here:

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1 comment:

Kelly said...

What a great post! I love how you've combined the book with a craft. Thanks for visiting my blog.