One by Kathryn Otoshi – Picture Book Month Extension Activities

Share on Reddit0Share on LinkedIn0
Email this to someoneDigg thisBuffer this pageShare on Google+2Pin on Pinterest191Share on StumbleUpon4Share on Facebook156Share on Tumblr0Tweet about this on Twitter

One by Kathryn Otoshi is an award-winning book that teaches tolerance and acceptance. It is a perfect book for Picture Book Month!

One by Kathryn Otoshi Picture Book Month Extension Activities

This post has Amazon affiliate links.

One by Kathryn Otoshi Picture Book Month Extension Activities

“Blue is a quiet color. Red’s a hothead who likes to pick on Blue. Yellow, Orange, Green, and Purple don’t like what they see, but what can they do? When no one speaks up, things get out of hand — until One comes along and shows all the colors how to stand up, stand together, and count. As budding young readers learn about numbers, counting, and primary and secondary colors, they also learn about accepting each other’s differences and how it sometimes just takes one voice to make every one count.”

Target Skills while reading One by Kathryn Otoshi:

  • Explore Emotions and Feelings
  • Teach Tolerance and Acceptance
  • Discuss and problem solve bullying

Questions while reading One by Kathryn Otoshi:

  • Have you ever felt like Blue? Red? Yellow?
  • Tell me when you felt that way?
  • What would you do if you were Blue?
  • Would you stand up for Blue?
  • Has anyone ever said something that made you feel bad?
  • What did you do when that happened?
  • Did anyone help you?
  • Do any of the characters in the book remind you of anyone that you know?
  • Can you give examples of when people you know act like the color characters in the book?

Companion Activities For One by Kathryn Otoshi:

My Many Colored Feelings:social skills activity that uses colors to define feelings

Putting colors to emotions has been going on for centuries. After all, some people believe that the expression “green with envy” goes back to ancient Greece. Carol Grey made putting colors with emotions popular with her comic strip conversations. This activity helps children process their emotions using color as a visual aid.

What, Why and When Feelings Worksheet What, Why and When Feelings Worksheet-page-002 (1)Balloon People

Ballon PeopleBalloons are one of the best inventions ever! There are an endless amount of ways to have fun with balloons, so coming up with this idea to use balloons to explore feelings was a natural. These balloon people help children explore and identify their emotions in a fun and playful way. Don’t be surprised if a tribe of balloon people invade your house.

Feel Your Feelings

texture people craft activity

Some children connect their feelings best with words, others like colors or drawing or music. This activity is for those kids who like different textures. After all, when describing how feelings how often are the words “smooth” or “prickly” used. Children can make these texture people to help describe and integrate their emotions. They are fun to play with and to make.

Enjoy Picture Book Month and Enjoy our One by Kathryn Otoshi Picture Book Month Extension Activities!

Books by Kathryn Otoshi

Visit Mosswoodconnections.com’s profile on Pinterest.

8 Comments



  1. Your activities are always so inspiring! It is hard for my son, even at almost 8, to identify his feelings. I will have to try some of these ideas with him!

    Reply

  2. Oh I love these! My 3 year old is totally aware of his emotions and the emotions of others but has trouble understanding when he causes someone to feel a certain way. Thank you for the ideas. I’m going start working with him this week using these tools.

    Reply

  3. One is pretty much my favorite books for early childhood education on bullying. It has so much richness to it. I love it! All great ideas!

    Reply

  4. What a great way to use a picture book. My kids love drawing on balloons! They would love this.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.