Like most children's librarians, I inherited a treasure trove of odd things from past librarians. This prop is one that sat on the shelf in my storytime closet until one day I was poking around for a movement that would work with a "colors" theme.
My color pocket consists of five crayons on vari-colored cardstock, with a cardstock "pocket" made of two pieces taped together and a space at the top, and everything laminated for sturdiness. Surprisingly, all the crayons fit in the pocket quite nicely.
But how exactly to use them? A little Googling produced the idea of the "Color Pokey."
You put your purple in, you put your purple out
You put your purple in and you shake it all about.
You do the Hokey Pokey and you turn yourself around
That's what it's all about!
(continue on with all the other colors)
The webpage I found suggested colored streamers, but I liked this better. There was some lag time in between verses as kids found and fished out the next color, but they didn't mind.
I want to use this again, and I also want to figure out other ways of using it. Thoughts?