My Little Book of Summer Colors Mini Book Post Preview: With this printable Summer Colors Mini Book, children can work on color recognition, simple reading, and following directions. Children can color pictures based on the sentences in this Summer-themed mini book.
As you all know, I love making mini books with kids! The kids I have taught in the past loved making them as well. I think there’s something fun about having a complete little creation all connected with a few staples.
Sure – it’s not like a regular picture book they might grab off the bookshelf. However, it is a special book for many kids. It is one they colored or wrote in, as well as one they can work on reading. That’s big stuff for little ones, especially for new readers.
I’m offering up yet another free mini book printable since I love them so much. Just like my other color mini books that I previously added to the site – My Little Book of Fall Colors, My Little Book of Holiday Colors, and My Little Book of Spring Colors – today’s mini book is seasonally appropriate. This time it’s the My Little Book of Summer Colors Mini Book!
Plus this printable My Little Book of Summer Colors Mini Book is free! Bonus!
Note: The My Little Book of Summer Colors Mini Book download is available much farther down in the post, so be sure to scroll all the way down to get it.
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My Little Book of Summer Colors Mini Book Printable
This printable summer-themed mini book for kids focuses on following directions, color recognition, and simple repetitive reading. The 10-page booklet has super cute pictures for kids to color or paint, as they follow along with the directions on the page to know what colors to use.
There are lots of ways for kids to be creative with this Summer mini book beyond grabbing a box of crayons and working on it. (Though, honestly – I think some Crayolas are pretty fun too.)
Some options for coloring each page:
Give children the option to paint the pictures instead of coloring with crayons or markers.
Yes, it will add more mess and a little more prep work, but painting mixes things up a bit. Plus it uses their fine motor skills in a different way.
There are also other ideas for art supplies to use here.
Not everything on the page has to be colored based on the directions.
For example, on the page for orange, it only mentions that the pail is orange. There is also part of a shovel and sand on the page, and those can be colored as creatively as children want.
The cover doesn’t have specific directions telling what colors should be used.
There are no directions for colors on the cover. It’s a beach ball and it can be any colors your students or children want to make it.
Remind kids that they can use multiple shades of the same color.
If children are mostly using an eight-count box of crayons, this might be a little more difficult. However, if they have access to a lot of shades of the same color, they can get a little more creative in what each color means.
For example, the shells they color in don’t have to be just one shade of blue just because the shells are blue.
What’s included in the Summer Colors Mini Book Printable?
The free printable packet is a seven page download. It includes:
- Packet cover
- Summer Colors Mini Book – this includes five full sheet pages to make a 10 page mini book
Each page of the mini book features a picture that kids will color based on the text on the page. For example, one page has the text, “The crab is red.”
The text on each page is predictable because of the repetitive nature of the booklet. This is good for pre-readers and those learning to read individual words and sentences.
Pictures included in the booklet:
- Beach ball (on the cover)
- Sandcastle (Here’s an Easy Sandcastle Word Search)
- Flip Flops (Here’s a Flip Flop Word Search and a Coloring Page of Flip Flops on the Beach)
How to Assemble Your Mini Book
While I put coloring the pages in as number three in the directions, you can also opt to do numbers four and five after number 2. Then, the third item could actually come last. It all depends on if you want to have your students color in an assembled book or to color on individual pages. Your choice!
Okay, but here is one option:
1. Print out your booklet pages on white paper. These are pages 3 – 7 of the packet that you will download.
2. Cut out the pages on all of the outside lines. The outside lines are the darker lines on the page.
3. Students should color all of the pictures according to the text on each page. As already discussed, the cover can be colored any colors the student desires.
4. Assemble the pages with the cover on top. The individual pages are not numbered, so the order for the rest of the pages is not important. However, if you plan to read the story as a class, then make sure that all of the pages are in the same order for all students.
5. Staple the booklet together on the left side of the page where a spine for the book is indicated on the pages.
Summer Extension Activities
You can keep scrolling to get to the Summer Colors Mini Book, if you’d like. However, if you’d like some ideas for other Summer activities, you might like some of these!
If your children or students love to color, they might also love this free butterfly coloring page, which is perfect for summer!
I love these ideas from Happiness is Homemade for Easy Summer Kids Crafts that Anyone Can Make. So many great crafts!
This free printable Summer Bucket List is full of all kinds of fabulous activities to do with the kids this summer!
You can pick some of these fun family activities for summer:
You can get out and active with the kids with this set of two free Nature Scavenger Hunt Printables. They are even perfect for right now while we’re physically distancing (aka social distancing).
The Summer Colors Mini Book printable is free for personal or classroom use, exclusively for Real Life at Home email subscribers. (It is also available without subscribing. See details in the next section.)
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These are very cute. However, I would love to see an alternate to the crab being red, since most crabs are not bright red until after cooking, and those that are red while alive have a very different shape. Blue or brown would both be good choices.