Using Adapted Books to Work on Color Concepts

Still working on color concepts with your students?  I created another adapted book series about colors.  This series includes; “What Color is the Food?”, “What Color is the Animal?”, and “What Color is the School Supply?”  Many of the students on my caseload are working on mastering their basic concepts such as colors, shapes, and numbers so I’ve been trying to create material to target these important foundational skills.  Our students typically need lots of repetition and practice to master skills so I like to create multiple activities to target the same concepts.  My students are loving my other color adapted books but I needed to change it up a bit.  Each book in this “What Color Is It?” series is set up a little different but all 3 books target color concepts while also building up vocabulary skills.  Pair each book with a follow-up activity or game and you have a therapy or teacher time session planned!

What Color is the Food?

For this book the student has to find all the different food items which match the given color concept on that page.  Across the top we read “I see blue.”  Then we move to the bottom of the page and read “Find all the blue food.”  The student needs to scan all the pictures and find the blue Popsicle and the blueberries and attach those pictures onto the large blue square on that page.  There are 2-3 items for each given color concept.  When I set up the book I like to put 4 pieces of Velcro on each page so the student doesn’t know how many items to find per page.  This way all the pages will look the same.

I change the prompting depending on my students’ skill level.  Some of my students are able to help me read/say some of the words as I point to each box along the top and then the bottom of the page.  Other students know some of their colors so they might verbally or with their AAC device say the color concept on that page.  I also like to model all those different food words.  Students may know many of these food items and can help name them but some might not be as common such as blackberries or plums. 

If you need you can always fold back the last page with all the food items on it if this is too many pictures for your students to scan.  Just set 2-3 pictures on the table and see if the student can find the food item from the small visual field that matches the given color concept.  There are lots of ways to change the prompting while reading this book to meet the needs of your student. 

What Color is the Animal?

With this book the student has to select the correct color along the bottom of the page to identify the color of the animal.  For example, “What color is the turtle?”  The student needs to select the correct color from a visual field of 3 colors to match the turtle.  Then we read the entire sentence, “The turtle is green.”  I model the color and animal concept multiple times while on this page.  

This book targets 12 different color concepts.  I added in grey and teal which might be a little more challenging.   You can always hold up one color next to the animal and ask “Is the dolphin white?”  We can model “no” for the student.  “Is the dolphin teal?”  We can model “yes” for the student.  Then read the sentence after we place the color in the correct spot.  “The dolphin is teal.”

What Color is the School Supply?  

This book also targets 12 color concepts and the student has to match the correct color circle piece to the color of the school supply item on that page.  I point to the each box as I read.  For the first page I read, “What color is the notebook?”  Then I continue to the bottom of the page and read, “The notebook is….”  I wait for the student to say and/or find the purple circle and place it in the empty box along the bottom of the page.  I model both the school supply items and the color concepts while reading this book.  “The notebook is purple.” 

For some of my student, I give them a choice of 2-3 colors to select from and place on the page.  If you need to you can even fold the color pieces page behind the book if they are too distracting for students and only present 2-3 colors at a time.  Just change the prompting depending on your student’s skill level and ability to attend to the book.  For example, “What color is the stapler?”  “Is it blue or yellow?”  The student then places the blue circle in the empty box.  “The staple is blue.” 

These books are fun for working on those important color concepts while also modeling common vocabulary concepts.  If you are interested in this series you can find them on TPT with the link – What Color Is It? Adapted Book Series


  1. I love this activity. This activity can also be used not only with kids of autism but kids in a main stream. Love the colors, with this type of activity children learn by processing step by step, and this activity is done quiet nicely.

  2. Thank you for all the lovely activities, you have a great and hard working team that work well together and by looking at these activitites alot of brainstorming sessions definitely went into this.

  3. Hi Sumi, thank you for your kind words! So glad to hear it’s been helpful for you! Thanks for reading 🙂

  4. Yes, so true! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Where can I get the pictures. I’m a caregiver


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