Red in Bed


Developed by:Josh On


Ages 2-4

Poor Red. He’s so sick that he just can’t get out of bed to color everyday things! Luckily, he has his other colorful friends to help him out. Although his friends have good intentions, things just aren’t quite right.

Get Ready

Prepare to use the app by introducing one of these activities:

Rainbow Gelatin Sensory Tub

Toddlers use their senses to learn from the environment around them. Why not engage your child in a world of colors with an exciting sensory activity? Simply create a rainbow gelatin sensory tub with these instructions from No Time for Flash Cards. Choose colors seen in this app to get your child thinking about hues (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet). 


Oh, My Tummy

Being sick is simply no fun. No fun at all. Pick up one of these books at your local library or bookstore and read about other under-the-weather characters. Talk about each one. Why does the character feel sick? What makes him/her feel better? What cheers you up when you’re sick?

Dive In

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

No Narration

It is important to note that audio narration is not part of this app. Therefore, a reader will have to sit with your child to read the book aloud. Your child can, however, interact with the screen! Encourage your child to explore after you read each page. Touch the colors to hear sounds and tap objects to change them from gray to color. Your child may note that mis-colored items will make a different sound than the ones that are colored correctly.


Color Associations

Certain items are associated with specific colors. For instance, a banana is yellow and a stop sign is red. As you go through each page, have your child pick out the one object that is the wrong color (orange strawberries, yellow stop sign, green rooster, blue fire truck, indigo apples, and violet tomatoes).

Branch Out

Extend the app experience with a real life activity:

Rainbow Xylophone

Each color in this app produces a different sound when it is tapped. In fact, the first page of this story mimics a xylophone! Have more colorful, musical fun with a rainbow xylophone of your own by following these instructions:


  1. You need six to eight same-sized glasses or glass jars (jam/jelly jars work well). 
  2. Line them up next to each other but not touching. Gradually add water to each jar from a little to the last one (close to the rim). 
  3. Add a bit of food coloring to each glass/jar in the same order of the rainbow.
  4. Give your child a new pencil or regular metal spoon. Tap the glasses to hear the different sounds that are produced. The glasses with more water will produce a lower pitch sound, and those with less water will produce a higher pitch sound.

Adapted from First School


You’ve Got a Friend in Me

Click on this video to listen “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” by Randy Newman, made extra famous by Toy Story. Encourage your child to dance to the music and talk about his/her special friends. Extend this activity with a song of your own: 

Will You Be a Friend of Mine?

(Tune: Mary Had a Little Lamb)

Will you be a friend of mine? 

Friend of mine? 

Friend of mine? 

Will you be a friend of mine? 

___________ (Name of child)

You are a friend of mine,

Friend of mine,

Friend of mine.

You are a friend of mine

My friend is _____________. (Name of child from above)


Color Cards

Reinforce color identification and color words with this cool matching game.


  • Construction paper
  • Black marker
  • Scissors
  • Clear contact paper


  1. Make up two sets of cards from construction paper.
  2. Start with only a few colors, working your way up to the nine basic colors (red, green, blue, brown, yellow, orange, purple, black, and white).
  3. Write the name of each color on the card.
  4. Cover the cards with clear contact paper.
  5. Spread the cards out on a table and begin by picking up one of the cards and saying, "I have a red card. Can you hand me the other red card?"
  6. After a while, your child will enjoy matching the cards all by him/herself.
  7. Store the cards in a small Ziploc bag when not in use.

Source: Family Education