Storytime: Van Gogh

Books

vincent's colors garden van gogh

Vincent’s Colors by The Metropolitan Museum of Art
In the Garden with Van Gogh by Julie Merberg and Suzanne Bober

Songs

“If You’re Wearing [color] Today” (from SurLaLune Storytime)
(Tune: “If You’re Happy and You Know It”)
If you are wearing red, shake your head
If you are wearing red, shake your head
If you are wearing red
Then please shake your head
If you are wearing red, shake your head

If you are wearing blue, touch your shoe
If you are wearing blue, touch your shoe
If you are wearing blue,
Then please touch your shoe
If you are wearing blue, touch your shoe

If you are wearing yellow, shake like Jell-O
If you are wearing yellow, shake like Jell-O
If you are wearing yellow,
Then please shake like Jell-O
If you are wearing yellow, shake like Jell-O

Final verse: wearing a rainbow/do all three

“The Parachute Goes Up” (from Storytime All-Stars)
(Tune: “The Farmer in the Dell”)
The parachute goes up
The parachute goes down
The parachute goes up and up and then it goes back down
(sing several times)

Activity
Van Gogh Style Finger-Paint Printing (from The Imagination Tree) – I put 3 dots each of blue, white, and gold paint on a piece of foil. The children used their fingers to swirl the colors together. Adults, with help from the children, then placed a piece of sulphite paper on the swirls to make a print. Second prints came out much better than first prints.

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