Here is a poem that I made up and use to line up my 3/4 year old class. First I say, “When I call you, line up.” Then I recite the following poem: “If you have on red then you heard what I said.” (You heard me say line up.) “If you have on blue then you know what to do.” (You know to go get in line.) “If you have on white then you know what’s right.” (It’s right to get in the back of the line and not in front of someone.) “If you have on black then your name must be Jack.” “If you have on gray then it’s going to be a wonderful day!” “If you have on brown then you better get down.” “If you have on green then you know what I mean.” (I mean for you to go get in line.) “If you have on yellow then you’re a nice fellow.” “If you have on pink then you know what I think.” (I think you should get in line.) “If you have on purple then you like to eat Slurple.” ( Slurple is a pretend slushy type of drink that is similar to the 7-Eleven Slurpee.) Believe me your class will ask what it is!
I’ve been using this rhyme with my classes for a number of months now and it has really helped the children learn their colors!
– Beth Halsey