Yellow, Red, Blue and If I Get Angry, Grey

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Developed by: WARE'S ME


Ages 2-5

A wordless storybook app that explores colors, music, and emotions, we love this app for its range of self-directed activities and the way it makes children active storytellers within the story.

Get Ready

Prepare to use the app by introducing this activity.

Storytime. Explore stories in which listening to music plays an integral role, such as The Composer is Dead by Lemony Snicket. Ask your child how the music adds to the story. How are the experiences of reading a story about music and listening to music as part of a story different? Next, read a story about color, such as Color by Ella Doran, David Goodman, and Zoe Miller or Yellow is My Color Star by Judy Horacek.


Dive In

Help your child get the most out of an app experience by trying the following activities.

  1. Color Me Happy. The primary colors yellow, red, and blue are introduced along with their respective musical themes before the character in that color. When yellow appears, it does so in the shape of a happy face. Then that face disappears. Ask your child to replicate the face on the screen. What else does yellow make them think of? Encourage them to draw pictures. To erase the screen, just gently shake the iPad. Repeat for each color. Through this activity, your child will become an active participant in telling the story.
  2. Music and Story. Ask your child to think about the music throughout the story. Do they have a favorite theme? Why is it their favorite? Do they prefer when the music is separate or combined? What effect does combining the themes (while mixing colors and characters) have on the music and story? Try turning the sound off on your iPad. How is the story different? Remember this app is an adaptation of an Italian picture book, without any music!
  3. Kaleidoscope. In the Play section of the app, open the game on the right hand side that looks like a kaleidoscope. Show your child how to add color and shapes by selecting pieces of the characters from the left hand side and dragging them to the white section of the screen. What happens when your child puts them in different spots on the screen? What happens when they turn the screen? Why does this work? How do the colors and shapes change? Learn more about kaleidoscopes and help your child make their own!

Branch Out

Extend the app experience with these real life activities.

  1. Color Chart. How would your child pair colors with feelings? Together, make a list of emotions. Supply your child with scrap paper, crayons, markers, or paints.  Have them select a color to add to each emotion, using the scrap paper to help them make their selections. Display your new color and feeling chart in your home, and if your child ever has trouble talking about feelings, encourage them to talk about the color that describes them instead.
  2. Music and Story. Ask your child to tell you a story of their own creation. If they are not yet able to write it down, then write it down for them. Then find a piano to use, whether at your own house, a friend or relative’s, a school, music shop, etc. Encourage them to try the different notes all along the keyboard. Then ask if they can pick some notes to go along with each scene of their story. It does not have to be a full song, of course, and they do not need to know anything about playing the piano or any other instrument for that matter. The point is for them to make their own musical associations with emotions and storytelling. Record what they play. Variations of this activity would be to select one of their favorite picture books rather than have them create a story or to ask them to play notes that sound like animals – a lumbering bear, a fluttering butterfly, a paddling duck, etc. Then see how a composer such as Prokofiev has done the same thing!
  3. Wordless Story. Yellow, Red, Blue and if I Get Angry, Grey, is a wordless story. What are other ways to tell a story without using words? How about miming? Encourage your child to mime a story of their own creation or an interpretation of a book they love. Take a video for them to watch afterwards. On another afternoon or evening, get out the popcorn and enjoy watching some old silent films together. Charlie Chaplin perhaps?