There are only a few books one will await so eagerly to arrive as this one: My Color is Rainbow by Agnes Hsu and Yuliya Gwilym. For those of you who don’t know, Agnes is the writer, editor and creative brain behind Hello Wonderful, a website filled to the brim with colorful, happy and insanely beautiful art, craft and play ideas. I had no doubt her first children’s book would be equally amazing. When I read the book for the first time, I knew I wanted to put together a My Color is Rainbow story basket. The idea is to let the children travel along with Little White Arch as he finds his color in this world. See how it goes!
About the My Color is Rainbow Story
The My Color Is Rainbow story is about Little White Arch, who goes on a journey (yes, with his unicorn!) to discover his color in this world. He visits all the colors of the rainbow, makes lots of new friends and learns about what makes them so unique before deciding where he wants to belong.
This is such a precious book about love and acceptance that so easily draws the children in with a sweet story line and beautiful illustrations. Through creating a My Color is Rainbow story basket, children are given the opportunity to elaborate on the story, talk about their own favorite colors and what makes them so happy.
The color hunt part of the story basket is just as important as playing out the story later on. I learned so much about my children as they turned around every (!) toy basket we have to find that one purple octopus we last played with three years ago when Miss 6 was in her “all things pink and purple” phase. The memories associated with certain toys and colors runs deeper than we might think or even appreciate.
I’m very grateful for this story book to shine a light on my children’s color stories, fixations and long forgotten favorite toys. It has been an absolute joy to be among the first families who get to read this gorgeous children’s book. In 10 years time, this will be a classic, mark my words!
How to Put Together a My Color is Rainbow Story Basket
Putting together story baskets is easy and above all, a whole lot of fun. All you need is a basket and fill it with toys and things that are featured in the story. And let me add that your interpretation of what is featured can be wide!
You can start by reading the story with your children and let them hunt for story basket items. They will know best what they can relate to and what not. This is the best part of the activity as children can be so random …
For our My Color Is Rainbow story basket we started with our Grimm’s wooden rainbow puzzle, Playmobil unicorn and our handmade Little White Arch. (We quickly made one by cutting a wooden curtain ring in half and painting it white. You can easily use a pipe cleaner or a paper plate or anything else you can think of.)
The kids and I collected three items for each color. We ended up with quite the eclectic collection of DUPLO animals and figurines, wooden blocks, a tractor, all kinds of play animals, fabric scraps, a mini glass glitter bottle, play food and we even had a Num Nom.
Have a look at what our journey with Little white Arch through the lands of colors looked like:
Fostering a Love for Reading
Reading books to children is more than just fostering a love for reading. Reading books is also a way of bonding, a way to open up conversation and a source of inspiration to get creative.
There are literally a billion activities you can do involving story books. You can set up small worlds, put together sensory bins, do crafts based on the main characters or make some book inspired art. You could even do book based science experiments and create recipes to go with your favorite story. Whatever your children are interested in and you are excited about yourself, there is some book activity out there for you.
This article 12 Ways to Tell a Story will cover all these topics and more. With over 60 book activity ideas you’ll sure be more than inspired to take your book reading sessions to the next level. Enjoy!
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