If you are going to teach colors (or numbers!) (or zoo animals!) to a preschooler, I have got the best book and activity for you. Ever since I was a little girl Mrs. Karle would read me the book Too Many Balloons by Catherine Mathias. She used it in her classroom. It is simple and repetitive and really cute. It is a great supplement to our free online reading program because it contains many color and number words. So, because I love the book so much, I decided to write a lesson plan for it! You may remember when I wrote about teaching a preschool colors theme…well, this is a great lesson of color preschool activities!
Too Many Balloons by Catherine Matthias is a fantastic book for preschool and kindergarten children. The book teaches and reinforces colors, numbers, and animals. You can do a math activity with it, you can do a reading activity with it, you can do a Spanish activity with it, you can even do science activities with it. It is so flexible and easy to modify to fit any child or lesson plan.
Color Preschool Activities
To do this color preschool activities book, read Too Many Balloons by Catherine Matthias Here is my second grader reading the book to us..
The book is very simple and repetitive. After a child hears the book once they immediately want to try reading it. My 3 year old loves to read this book! He can tell by the pictures exactly what the book says!
After reading the book, I passed out the activity sheets. The sheets correspond with each page in the book, so if the girl purchases 1 red balloon for the lion, the children get to give the lion one red balloon. We used little colored stickers (like the ones you use for garage sales) as our balloons. The two and four year olds got great practice with fine motor and taking off the stickers and with coloring the little round circles. The four year old had a great time reading the color and number words and matching them with the correct animals. The kindergarten student also did a great job reading and matching and counting all the balloons. My second grader really enjoyed helping with the activity. As an extra challenge, we read Too Many Balloons in Spanish! She also counted all the balloons in the book to figure out just exactly how many balloons were too many. One day we hope to do a science experiment… how many balloons are too many?
I highly encourage you to check out the book Too Many Balloons by Catherine Matthias. There are so many ways you can modify the book to work for your classroom or homeschool. After you read the book, do this fun free activity! To get this fun free book activity, enter your email into the form below. You will be added to our mailing list where you will find out about more fun things!
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Madreen Karle is a master first grade reading teacher with over 30 years of classroom experience. She taught reading in a special needs and English as a Second Language classroom. After retiring she wrote a reading program to help others learn how to teach reading. She is a trusted educator and author of 5 books to help teach children to read and write. In addition to her books, she is a mentor for 3 websites that give reading teacher tips (Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading, Mrs. Karle’s Reading Patch, and Mrs. Karle’s Handwriting Patch). Through her teaching she learned that confidence was the key to learning to read. A child who is not confident at reading does not like to read and struggles to read. Mrs. Karle created “sunshine moments” to help teach children how to grow their confidence and learn to read.
Meeghan Karle Mousaw (Madreen’s daughter) has her Master’s in Special Education. She has 8 years experience teaching children to read online. In addition, she developed a curriculum to teach children handwriting called The Handwriting Patch. With the Handwriting Patch learning is fun because children learn to draw and learn handwriting at the same time. In 2019 The Handwriting Patch curriculum became an amazon best seller the first year it was released, helping thousands of kids learn handwriting with a unique, fun method. She is mom to 6 kids, each with differently learning abilities and struggles.
The Reading Patch was established by the creators of Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading. Together they have been featured on the NBC media outlets and Parents Magazine online. Over the last 8 years in their online platform, Madreen and Meeghan have worked tirelessly with teachers, homeschoolers and parents looking to help children learn to read to become a trusted authority in teaching children to read and advocating early literacy skills. They often partner with other educational experts to deliver the most current information to the Reading Patch community.