Our week to notice the color red contained lots of food, color, fun and, of course, books! To plan your own red week, consider the following options:
WEAR RED CLOTHES
We wore red shirts, though not everyone managed to find theirs all clean on the same day! Whoever did have a clean one was the red mascot for the day.
READ “RED” BOOKS
We had a number of classic “red” titles on our own shelves and discovered a few more treasures at the library.
The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and THE BIG HUNGRY BEAR by Don and Audrey Wood (have strawberries on hand for snack after reading this one; cut them in half and share so the big hungry bear doesn’t get them!)
Tuttle’s Red Barn by Richard Michelson (too long for the little ones, but I loved it)
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton (Mary Anne was, after all, a “beautiful red steam shovel.”)
Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown (one of the best loved board books in our home)
Little Red Riding Hood (a little scary perhaps – the girls were somewhat wide-eyed through a good deal of the story – but a great illustration of the dangers a child can encounter when straying outside the circle of safety found within a parent’t instruction; find a retelling or illustrator you favor)
We discovered that red is in almost any picture book you pick up. Looking for the different red objects on each page was a popular “I spy” game.
HAVE A RED TREASURE HUNT (encourages concrete thinking)
Let the kids search the house for anything and everything red. I was surprised by both what they hauled in and what they overlooked. The food processor thudded onto the floor in front of me was the biggest shock!
Warning: It is a lot of fun to collect stuff and make a big pile out of it. Returning it all to where it came from is not. Some kind of incentive is a good idea. The leftover strawberry twizzlers in the back of the cupboard worked wonders for my crew.
GO ON A RED OBSERVATION WALK
First we talked about red things that we might see outside (encourages abstract thinking) such as a cardinal, red cars, fire truck, flowers, mailbox flags and stop signs. You can also be on the lookout for red objects while driving around town.
EAT RED FOOD
Red peppers in a supper dish or salad
Strawberries, cherries or red delicious apples for snack
Radishes for snack, in salad or made into soup (even the radish resistant happily ate the soup.)
Strawberry or raspberry jam on toast or in sandwiches
Red potatoes for breakfast or dinner
MAKE RED ART
Get as elaborate as you want. I had visions of helping the kids make an Eric Carle style red bird, but that didn’t happen. We just got out all the red crayons, markers and colored pencils and some blank paper.
FOR THE OLDER CROWD – Inspire the big kids to participate by reading about some of the following:
My boys also suggest forest fires, red wolves and blood as possibilities.
For more mature reading options try:
Redwall by Brian Jacques
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane