Writing Activities: Little Blue and Little Yellow Sensory Writing

Virtual Book Club for Kids is back!  Our featured author this month is the Leo Lionni.  We picked Little Blue and Little Yellow to read and then created a sensory writing activity.

Sensory writing fun with Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni.

If you are new to Virtual Book Club for Kids here is a little background.  The Educators’ Spin On It, Toddler Approved and Rainy Day Mum have put together a wonderful line-up of great authors to explore.  On the second Thursday of each month, talented bloggers will be sharing one of the three featured books by the highlighted author that month.  Each blogger shares an activity or craft to compliment one of the three books.  You are invited to try out as many of the ideas that you feel would be a good fit for your kids.

Now, onto the Leo Lionni book and activity we chose this month.

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Little Blue and Little Yellow Writing Activity and Book

The Book:  Little Blue and Little Yellow

Little Blue and Little Yellow are great friends.  After a friendly hug they turn green!  This alarms their parents.  But soon, the families discover what caused the new color change and embrace it.

This book is simple but yet complex.  My kids have picked this book numerous times for a read-aloud.

The Writing Activity:  Sensory Writing

We often use sensory experiences to incorporate writing practice.  We often using shaving cream as a writing slate.  This time we added a little color mixing fun into the project.

Materials Needed: round pizza pan, plain white shaving cream,  and food coloring

mixing shaving cream paint

1.  Mix a batch of yellow and a batch of blue shaving cream.  Just add a few drops of food coloring to white shaving cream and stir.

2.  Spread the yellow shaving cream onto the pizza pie pan.  We like to use a round pan to allow a template for writing circles in the shaving cream.

blue on top of yellow shaving cream

3.  Carefully spread the blue shaving cream on top of the yellow.

You are now ready to play and learn.

sensory writing experience


We started by talking about what happens when we mix two colors.  The kids had fun mixing the two colors to make green.

sensory writing of letters

Then, we practiced writing letters.  Having  a model handy for correct letter formation is helpful.  My younger son worked on making circles by tracing around the edge of the pan.

The kids loved the feeling of the shaving cream and my oldest son didn’t even realize all the writing practice he was getting.

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Now, it’s time to explore some other great activities and crafts to compliment Leo Lionni’s books.

Virtual Book Club for Kids

Chameleon Color Change Activity from Still Playing School

Sticky Fish Craft for Toddlers from Toddler Approved

Swimmy DIY Stamps from Mama Miss

Swimmy Inspired Fishy Math Practice from Inspiration Laboratories

Swimmy Inspired Watercolor Fish from 3 Dinosaurs

Little Blue and Little Yellow Twisty Cups Color Mixing Activity from Laly Mom

No Mess Colour Theory Experiment from Rainy Day Mum

About Jodie Rodriguez

Jodie Rodriguez is a mom of two young boys and an early childhood/elementary educator with over 18 years of experience. Jodie's passion is helping parents, teachers, librarians and anyone else interested in nurturing our youngest readers.


  1. That is so fun! We have never done shaving cream writing, what a neat idea and I love adding in the color mixing. How cool!

  2. Writing and exploring colors – I love this!

  3. How cool! What a neat way to use different senses and get kids writing!


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