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Yellow, red, blue… How many colors do your little ones know? Colors are one of the easiest topics for kids when learning English, given that they’re surrounded by a good amount of toys, clothes, and materials of the brightest shades and tones of colors. Every day, parents have a myriad of opportunities to teach -and reinforce- this topic, with songs, for example. The “If you are wearing red” song helps the little ones learn about the basic colors to help them start defining their world.

Nursery rhymes serve multiple purposes in children’s life: to start learning new words, to help them assimilate basic concepts, to entertain them, and also, to make learning more interesting and natural. Even though learning colors in English is quite simple, usually children start associating the shades with certain items, it’s difficult for them to grasp what a color is. This is why is best to start with the three basic colors and then expand to the secondary and tertiary colors.

In this children’s song, the little ones will experience color through something that they are quite familiar with: clothes items! In the video, they’ll see several clothing items on the screen: a winter coat, a sweater, a vest, jeans, a shirt, a T-Shirt. These items come in different colors, so the little ones can practice guessing what’s the name of the item of clothing, and also what color it is. Also, they will see Lisa the Cat, she’s trying on some different dresses in different colors. As she does this, she is chanting about what color she is wearing, then she asks the little ones to perform an action depending on the color they are wearing.

This song for kids can also be used as a fun rhyming game to play with the whole family! Ask your family members to make a circle and sing the song while doing the right action for each part of it, according to the lyrics. So, if a person is wearing red, then that person should shake its head! To complement the song and extend the fun, you can try making up your own rhymes. For example, ask your little ones to say a color that they like, let’s say… white! Now, you just have to find a word that rhymes with that color and that can be turned into an action. It could be “upright”. Now, you can chant “If you’re wearing white, stand upright!”. This way, using the melody you already have, you can keep incorporating more vocabulary in English to practice at home.

With this in mind, let’s start practicing clothes vocabulary with our little ones with this awesome singing game for kids!

“If you are wearing red” Lyrics

If you are wearing red, shake your head
If you are wearing red, shake your head
If you are wearing red
Then please shake your head
If you are wearing red, shake your head

If you are wearing blue, touch your shoe
If you are wearing blue, touch your shoe
If you are wearing blue,
Then please touch your shoe
If you are wearing blue, touch your shoe

If you are wearing green, bow to the queen
If you are wearing green, bow to the queen
If you are wearing green,
Then please bow to the queen
If you are wearing green, bow to the queen

If you are wearing yellow, shake like Jell-O
If you are wearing yellow, shake like Jell-O
If you are wearing yellow,
Then please shake like Jell-O
If you are wearing yellow, shake like Jell-O

If you are wearing brown, turn around
If you are wearing brown, turn around
If you are wearing brown,
Then please turn around
If you are wearing brown, turn around

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