Little Blue and Yellow Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson plan may be used to help your students answer questions about the text, describe the relationship between the text and illustrations in a story, and read color words while reading 'Little Blue and Little Yellow' by Leo Lionni.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Answer questions about Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni
  • Match illustrations to text in Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni
  • Read color words by sight


60 minutes

Common Core Curriculum Standards


With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.


With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear (e.g., what moment in a story an illustration depicts).


Read common high-frequency words by sight (e.g., the, of, to, you, she, my, is, are, do, does).


  • red
  • yellow
  • blue
  • orange
  • green
  • purple


  • Copies of Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni
  • Yellow and blue playdough
  • Yellow, Blue, and Red acetate sheets
  • Construction paper
  • Food coloring
  • Bottles of glue
  • Pencils

Reading & Discussion Questions

  • Preview vocabulary with the students.
  • Read Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni with the class, pause to discuss the following questions:
    • Describe the blue family.
    • Who are little blue's friends?
    • Describe little blue's relationship with little yellow.
    • What kinds of things do little blue and little yellow do together?
    • What mistake does little blue make?
    • What happens when little blue and little yellow hug? Why?
    • What do the friends do at the park?
    • What happens when little blue and little yellow go home?
    • How do little blue and little yellow solve their problem?
    • How do their parents feel when they see them? How do you know?
    • How does the blue family figure out what happened?
    • What other colors are mixing in the picture?
    • Turn and talk: What did you learn from this story?


Retell the Story

Materials needed: Copies of Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni, yellow playdough, blue playdough

  • Divide students into pairs.
  • Provide each pair with a set of materials.
  • Have students retell the story to their partner using the playdough as a prop.
  • Students may refer to the pictures in the book for reference.

Mixing Colors

Materials needed: red, yellow, and blue acetate sheets

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