These free color books are wonderful for helping toddlers learn their colors.
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I have an adorable little toddler who loves to look at books with real images. In fact, for her birthday I printed and assembled my letter books with photographs and put them in a little tin lunchbox. She often asks me to read the books from her “oot-case.”
For quite some time, I’ve been wanting to create more books with photographs. They’re quick, fun read alouds, and they’re perfect for little hands to flip through all on their own. Plus, they’re fantastic for building speech and vocabulary!
Yesterday I printed the books and sat down on the bottom step to read them with my Two.
Today we plopped on the couch and pulled out the stack again. This time, I asked her to point to things. “Where is the dog?”
These books are great for building vocabulary! She didn’t know what an owl was, but she will after hearing these a few times.
I started asking harder questions. “Which one do you put toast in?”
“Which of these can you eat?”
“Which one is a flower?”
“Which one lives in the water?”
My just-turned-Four was interested, too. He wanted to take a turn with the books. So I asked, “Which of these would you sit under for some shade?”
We also played a fun game where he chose which object on each two-page spread that he would like to have.
“Yuck!” My picky eater didn’t want either of these!
How to use these books
- Teach colors by reading them aloud to your toddler. Repeat the color word on each page. “Yellow cheese. Yellow pencil. Yellow chick.”
- Entertain your infant by snuggling and reading the books aloud. Babies love real photographs! And even though your baby doesn’t understand the words yet, he will some day!
- Let your preschooler read the books. Once you’ve read through the books a few times, your preschooler may recognize all the pictures and be able to name them without your help. He’ll love that he can “read” these little books all by himself!
- Use these with ESL students to teach English vocabulary.
- Print single sided and cut apart for flashcards. I’m not much of a flashcard fan, but if you’d really like to, you can print the pages single sided and cut them apart. Stack them as flashcards or punch a hole in the upper left corner and connect with a metal ring. Just don’t tell me about it. 😉
- Build thinking skills. As shown in the above examples, ask questions about the pictures. “Which one can you eat? Which one can you wear? Which one is alive?”
- Teach rhyming. When you have a page open, name a rhyming word for one of the pictures. “Which picture rhymes with bee?” (tree) You can use nonsense words too, especially for kids just getting started with rhyming. “Which picture rhymes with mabbage?” (cabbage)
We hope you enjoy these books as much as we do!
This is a big file! Be patient as it downloads. It contains books for the colors red, orange, yellow, blue, green, purple, pink, gray, black, white, gold, and silver.
How to assemble
- Print pages 3-50 on cardstock. Be sure to print front to back.
- Cut a horizontal line across the center of each page.
- Fit the pages together, making sure the cover is on the front. The other pages can go in any order you choose.
- Staple using a long-armed stapler (they’re cheap – and totally worth it!).
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