The Colour Monster - by Anna Llenas. One day, Colour Monster wakes up feeling very confused. His emotions are all over the place; he feels angry, happy, calm, sad and scared all at once! To help him, a little girl shows him what each feeling means through colour.
Retell the story from the point of view of the Colour Monster. Could you write his diary entry?
Write a prequel to this story. Where did the Colour Monster come from?
Write a sequel. What adventures might the Colour Monster have next?
Write a separate story about an angry Colour Monster or a sad one.
Think of some speech/thought bubbles to accompany the illustrations.
Make a list of words that the author links with each colour, e.g. yellow = bright and light, blue = gentle and alone. Can you think of synonyms for these words?
Use painting software to mix colours. Could you create your own picture of a colour monster?
Record a ‘read aloud’ video that tells this story.
Make large-scale models of the colour monster when he is different colours.
Create your own Colour Monster puppets and use these to put on a show.
How many different colours can you think of?
Can you mix colours? What new colours can you make?
Draw your own picture of the Colour Monster.
Practice drawing faces that show different emotions. Can you draw a happy face? Can you draw an angry face? Use a mirror to see how your facial expression can change to show emotions.
How does music make you feel? Think of different songs/styles of music that make you happy, sad, angry etc.
Make a list of colours and find translations for them in other languages.
At the start of the story, the Colour Monster is feeling confused. When have you felt confused? What did you do in this situation? What can we do when we feel confused in the future?
In this story, yellow refers to happiness, red is for anger and blue is linked to sadness. Do you agree with those colour choices? Why?
Make a list of different emotions and think of times when you have experienced them.
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