Here's an activity I've used for the last several years:
First, I give the kids this printable, and they have to pick just one color to color with.
Then, I have the kiddos come to the carpet and I read The Crayon Box That Talked by Shane DeRolf.
This book is so presh! This little girl is in a toystore and she overhears a box of crayons fighting with each other about how each one is better than the other. She takes it home to color with them all to show them that they are all needed to make the pictures beautiful! (Plus, it rhymes and it's darling...)
After we read the book and discuss the author's message, I have them go back to their papers and then they get to draw a picture using however many colors they want. We come to the carpet and share our pictures. We agree that the pictures look better when we can use many colors.
Then we talk about how our classroom is like a box of crayons. All of us are different- different colors, ages, talents, etc., but we will all work together to have a super year in first grade!
The last thing I do is put all the pictures into a class book.
here for the cover!
What is your favorite back to school activity?