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Birthday Party: Nina’s 6! The Rainbow Book by Kate Ohrt 新菜、6歳のお誕生日会。学校版

Our little big girl Nina’s turned six in January.  She’s just changed school and we wanted to bring another book to the birthday party.  We picked the book that helped her get through that first few weeks of school.  See how here.

For the birthday book, we picked The Rainbow Book by Kate Ohrt.  The book has fun paper cutouts so we decided to have the kids pick their own two colors and make paper cutout page. Similar idea to The Missing Piece party, but this time, the art was for the kids to take home.

As usual, we started with Marc introducing and reading the book to the kids.  The kids were very excited to see Nina’s daddy and cheered when he came out with the book.

For this party, I had brought bunch of origami papers for the class.  First, we handed out the black solid construction paper.   The kids got to choose two origami papers.  One for the background and one to cut out shapes from.

Initially, I wanted to see if I can get the kids to associate colors to “emotion words” and to choose the colors they thought resembled their own personality but the scene quickly went into chaos mode with fifteen children, so I gave up on that.  Maybe I’ll do it with just my kids one of these days.

Marc and I split up and went to each table with about five kids to show them few examples on how to cut paper and they got to work.  All in all, we had some great art work from the kids.  Hope they had fun sharing the art with the parents when they got home.

Nina and Mila were very proud of what they did and has been mass producing these at home.

Thanks to our lovely helper for the rainbow cupcakes.  Nina has requested cupcakes every year from our helper and it’s sort of turned into a family tradition.  With the grandparents far away, we are very thankful to have extra loving adult around.

** The new school specifically requested that  pics from schools are not shared on the internet, so unfortunately, not many pics can be shared, but some posted for reference.










The Rainbow Book by Kate Ohrt – Managing emotions with color 子供にお勧めの本 簡単な英語で感情と色を重ねる本

Our gentle Nina is a sensitive soul and often struggles with emotions running like a tornado through her head.  We’ve been working with her to express her feelings so that we can help her put things into perspective, but she still struggles to simply describe how she feels.  Her vocabulary is still pretty limited and she can’t fully verbalize what she is experiencing.

To help, I ordered a book from the US called “The Rainbow Book” by Kate Ohrt.  I had first read about it here.  I’ve always been fascinated by paper cutouts.  I also like the idea of associating colors with simple yet descriptive words to help children identify their feelings when they get hit by that emotional tidal wave.

What I love about this book is that all the words are positive.  For example, in the kids movie Inside Out, Anger is the red square guy.  In this book, however, red is associated with “fiery” and “bold” instead of “angry.” So I had the chance to talk to Nina about exactly how she felt about her first day of school, or after a fight with Mila.

Once I introduced her to the book, I’ve also used the colors as somewhat of a booster for her to calm herself down.  When Nina started her new school, she was nervous.  No surprise there.  She wanted us to stay with her.  Instead, I gave her a blue “diamond” from her toy box to take with her to school to keep in her pocket.  In the book, blue is described as “calm and peaceful” and I told her that when she feels nervous, angry, or lonely, she should squeeze the diamond, think calm thoughts and imagine the color in her head.

First day, she told me it didn’t help.  She kept squeezing the diamond, but it didn’t do anything.  I told her, well, if you don’t need it, then that’s good, but keep it handy so that when you do, it’s there.  She kept taking it to school.

One day, on our way back, she said, “Mommy, today, in the afternoon, I felt really angry.  This kid said mean things to me.  Then I tried to find the diamond, but it was in my other shorts (pocket). But then, I tried to think think think of blue and calm and breathe and I felt better!”

Now, when she’s angry or nervous or, in fact, when I’m angry, she’ll come to me and say, “I want to be blue, I like blue.” Then both of us can take the time to calm down ’cause you know what, sometimes, it’s me that needs that reminder and not her.  I’m the one seeing red and I need to remember that somewhere, I’ve got blue in me.

I’m always looking for new ways to communicate with my kids other than throwing sarcasm and crass comments – it’s who I am, and it ain’t gonna change.  If you are one of those parents that just need a different way to communicate with your child, then this book is a great way to introduce emotional concepts in an easily-relatable form.



でも子供と歩み寄ろうとする気持ちはあるよ、もちろん。ただ素敵ママにはなれないってだけ。そしてどんなママでもきっと子供とシェア出来る、と自信を持ってお勧めするのが、The Rainbow Book by Kate Ohrt。残念ながら、現時点では日本語訳は出てないようです。が、簡単な英文で描かれているし、何より見てて落ち着くし、目に楽しい本なので、素敵ママにも英才教育ママにもおススメ。


例えば、赤を感情で表す、というと、恐らく最初に浮かぶのは「怒り」”Anger”だと思うのですが、この本では、あえて “Bold”「大胆、勇敢」と”Fiery” 「激しい、気性の荒い、という意味合いもあるが、情熱的のようなプラスな意味もある」と、「怒り」のようなマイナスイメージの言葉に収めていないのがいいところ。




子供にもすんなり受け入れられる本なので、応用も出来ます。新菜が新しい学校を始めた時、やはり色々な不安、興奮、など感じているのは分かるのだけど、どうしてあげればいいのか、私も戸惑っていた時。お守りとして、おもちゃの青いダイアモンドを渡して、The Rainbow Bookにあったよね、青は平和な気持ち、落ち着いた気持ちになれる色だよね、だから不安になる事があったら、ダイアモンドをギュッと握って、青い色を思い浮かべてごらん、と言って送り出しました。











本については、こちら (英語オンリー)




The “Red” Page from the Rainbow Book by Kate Ohrt


Nina’s “diamonds” she takes to school



Mila’s favorite, “Pink” page