Learn seven benefits of using the color of the day in your home or classroom. (First published on June 29, 2015; this post is regularly updated and republished to improve the content.)
One of the many ways to improve our lives and our children’s lives is to observe the colors of the day, where each day of the week has a corresponding color. Following the color of the day can benefit everyday life in several ways. Not only can colors affect moods and evoke certain emotions, but they can also be used to create stability and order in our daily lives. Scroll down to learn the color for each day of the week and how adding the lucky colors of the day to your daily rhythm or routine can help you and your children (or students) live better lives.
What Does Color of the Day Mean?
In Waldorf education, different colors are assigned to each day of the week to help parents, teachers, and caregivers bring a sense of rhythm, harmony, warmth, and comfort to a young child’s daily life and into their world. Children feel calmer and a lot less anxious when they know what to expect from moment to moment and day to day.
Rudolf Steiner, the founder of Waldorf Education, shared the importance of creating a strong daily rhythm and weekly routine with parents and educators worldwide. He believed that following daily, weekly and seasonal rhythms were important for supporting the healthy growth and development of the child.
Steiner encouraged parents, teachers, and caregivers to create more rhythm in our lives in several ways. One of which is following the Waldorf colors of the week, where each day of the week is associated with a specific planet or celestial body in our solar system and a corresponding lucky color for the day.
Although the same planets for each day of the week are the same in Vedic Astrology, the color for each day is different. What colors are the days of the week? The Vedic Astrology and Waldorf colors for each day of the week are listed below. Scroll down to find out!
What is the color for each day of the week?
Have you ever wondered what color day is today? Or have you ever wanted to know what the color of the day is? The list below shares the Waldorf color of the day for each day of the week. Scroll past the list of daily colors to see a color chart for each day of the week.
The colors for each day of the week in Waldorf Education are as follows:
- Sunday is White Day (white color, off-white, cream color, creamy white, etc.)
- Monday is Purple Day (lavender, violet, wine, etc.)
- Tuesday is Red or Pink Day (light red, dark red, maroon, brick red, etc.)
- Wednesday is Yellow, Beige, or Tan Day (mustard yellow, lemon, citron, etc.)
- Thursday is Orange or Brown Day (light orange, dark orange, amber, bronze, etc.)
- Friday is Green Day (verdant green, light green, dark green, pista green, emerald, etc.)
- Saturday is Blue Day (light blue, dark blue, royal blue, aquamarine, turquoise, navy blue, indigo, metallic blue, etc.)
Why aren’t the colors of the days of the week in rainbow order?
The colors of the days of the week are not in rainbow order because the days of the week are named after celestial bodies in our solar system. There is a specific color associated with each planet, but they do not follow a rainbow order. While Vedic astrology has the same planets associated with each day of the week, the colors that are designated for each day are different.
The colors Rudolf Steiner chose for Waldorf Education were designed to be more inclusive of each color in the rainbow. He felt that children needed to experience each color equally instead of favoring a few while abandoning others.
In other words, the daily colors may not be in rainbow order, but at least each one is fully represented for one day each week, unlike the color of the day in Vedic Astrology. And as someone well-versed in yoga and the Vedas, I understand and prefer his chosen colors for each day of the week.
What celestial body or planet is associated with each day of the week?
The celestial body or planet and the color associated with each day of the week in Waldorf Education and Vedic astrology are as follows:
- Sunday: Sun (White in Waldorf Education; red for Vedic Astrology.)
- Monday: Moon (Purple for Waldorf education; white for Vedic Astrology)
- Tuesday: Mars (Red for Waldorf education; red for Vedic Astrology)
- Wednesday: Mercury (Yellow for Waldorf education; green for Vedic Astrology)
- Thursday: Jupiter (Orange for Waldorf education; yellow for Vedic Astrology)
- Friday: Venus (Green for Waldorf education; pink, whites, and light purples for Vedic Astrology)
- Saturday: Saturn (Blue for Waldorf education; black or dark blue for Vedic Astrology)
Scroll down to see the seven benefits of using the Vedic Astrology or Waldorf colors for the week. If you’re curious, learn more about the planets, colors, and gemstones that correspond with each day of the week in Vedic astrology or Jyotish–> HERE.
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What Colors Represent the Days of the Week?
Want to see what color goes with each day? The graphic image below shows the Waldorf color for each day of the week to make it easy to see them all at a glance. It also makes it easier to know what color to wear each day of the week and use them in other creative ways in your daily and weekly rhythms and routines.
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Waldorf Colors for the Days of the Week
How do you incorporate the color of the Day into your daily rhythm and weekly routines?
Children and caregivers can both benefit when a basic daily rhythm is followed. The Waldorf colors of the day can help parents and educators create a sense of rhythm and order in the home or classroom.
The Waldorf color of the day can help you add consistency to the days of the week with weekly routines associated with each day and its corresponding color. One way to do with is with household chores and cleaning schedules.
For example, Red Day is a vacuuming day, while Orange Day is the day you clean the kitchen. Another example of using the Waldorf colors of the week is with weekly activity routines. Purple Day is park day, and Yellow Day is when you do arts and crafts.
Another way to follow the Waldorf colors of the day in your home or classroom is to encourage your children to wear different things (clothing, hair accessories, a necklace, scarves, hats, etc.) with the day’s suitable colors. Or wear something with all the colors of the rainbow!
A specific color is associated with each day of the week in Waldorf education. But every day is Rainbow Day! Because rainbow-colored clothing contains each color of the day, you can wear rainbow-colored clothing any day of the week.
Read the seven benefits of using the color of the day below for more simple ways to incorporate them into your daily and weekly rhythm.
7 Benefits of Using the Color of the Day
Using the daily color and creating rhythm in the home (or classroom) can benefit the developing child in several ways. Add the colors of the week to your daily rhythm and weekly routine to help decrease tantrums and conflicts at home or school, make daily transitions a breeze, and help children learn, grow, and thrive!
There are several unique ways to observe or use the Waldorf daily color. For example, when my husband and I owned and operated a Waldorf-inspired childcare in our home, we wore the day’s color, occasionally did art and craft projects using the color of the day, and allowed the colors of the week to guide us through our daily routines and weekly rhythms.
As a result, we discovered the many benefits this had on the children we cared for. And how much easier it made our lives as parents and caregivers. We found seven benefits of using the Waldorf color of the day in our home, and maybe you can, too!
1. Getting dressed is easier for everyone when the Waldorf colors of the week are followed.
I find it much easier to get dressed in the morning when I only have to choose between items that are the Waldorf color of the day or have the daily color in them. Because instead of seeing an overwhelming abundance of clothing options, they change each day to reflect the day’s color.
This makes my wardrobe look new again every morning. And there are fewer items to choose from because my selections are limited to those with the Waldorf color of the day. It’s my own version of color therapy. In the past, I struggled with what to wear every morning, but now it’s a no-brainer, and I enjoy expressing my creativity as I get dressed each day!
Because fewer clothing options make it much easier to choose what to wear each and every day, and best of all, wardrobe options rotate daily to decrease wardrobe burnout, and less is now more. Wearing the day’s color has made my life so much easier. Even my mom and husband have joined the Color of the Day parade!
Wearing the color of the day also makes it easier to get kids dressed and ready Every Day
When we first started using the Waldorf colors of the week in our home, I gave my toddler two options each morning that contained the day’s color, and she pointed to one. Because she got to choose what to wear from only two choices, it became much easier for her to get ready in the morning.
Children like to feel in control, so choosing between two options made it easier to get her dressed. It also helped her feel like she was making high quality choices that put her in charge of her world. If you have a willful, spirited kid like mine, I promise you will find this simple trick a daily blessing. Because when children get to make a simple choice about what to wear, they want to get dressed. Are you beginning to see how well this works?
Now that she is older, she jumps out of bed, knowing the day’s color, and excitedly picks out an outfit with the color of the day in it. Or, she selects an accessory with the daily color, such as a hair bow. Visual routine cards are another great tool to help children stay on task and in rhythm.
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2. Kids know what to expect when you use the Daily Color.
When you follow the color of the day in your home or classroom and have a daily routine and weekly rhythm in place, children learn what to expect on any given day.
For example, when we owned and operated a childcare in our home, we followed a Waldorf daily rhythm of rotating activities that corresponded with the Waldorf colors of the day. Over time, the children in our care learned that we did an indoor activity following breakfast and went outside before lunch. So after breakfast, the children learned to start the daily activity while I cleaned the kitchen.
We wore clothes with the day’s color to remind the children of the Waldorf daily color, and we color-coded the shelves so the kids would know which activity to start based on the color I was wearing. And not only did it work–it was a miracle!
After that, I was sold on the benefits of following a Waldorf daily rhythm and using the Waldorf colors of the week. Because implementing the color of the day and a daily and weekly rhythm was the best thing I ever did for my in-home childcare. The children thrived, and I kept my sanity. It doesn’t get any better than that!
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3. Following the Waldorf Daily Color can make transitions a breeze.
Children will learn the basic order of their day when you combine the Waldorf colors of the day with regular classroom (or homeschool) and household rhythms. Okay, maybe it’s a little less than a breeze sometimes. But most days are made easier when the colors of the week are followed.
Using the colors of the day makes the passage of time more visual for children and easier for them to understand. And when children know what to expect, they are better prepared for daily transitions so they won’t collapse at every turn of the stick.
But kids will still throw a tantrum here and there. It’s unavoidable, I’m afraid. But following a solid daily rhythm can help lessen the impact and turn those no-good, terrible, very bad days into a thing of the past.
Using a visual routine chart with visual routine cards can also be very helpful for young children (toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, and young school-aged children) and children with special needs. And this list of self-regulation strategies for kids can also help make transitions easier, improve behavior, and keep emotional meltdowns at bay.
4. Kids learn the names of colors quickly and easily with the colors of the days of the week.
We never had to ‘teach’ our daughter her colors. She just picked them up naturally as we flowed from day to day and week to week using the Waldorf colors of the week. So she knew all the basic colors (and quite a few more) by the time she was 18 months old. And the other kids in our care learned their colors just as quickly and easily.
5. the Waldorf colors of the week can lessen conflicts at home and school.
Many conflicts at home and school can be averted, if not eliminated altogether, when the colors of the week and classroom or household routines are followed. And adding self-regulation strategies into the mix can also increase calmness and benefit social-emotional health and well-being.
Getting dressed in the morning becomes a joy. Daily happenings and chores become filled with positive energy, and children fight less often. Just make sure you wash the laundry at least once a week. And all will be well in the world–lol!
6. Young children can remember the day’s color much easier than the names of the days of the week.
Colors are much easier for young children to associate with daily and weekly happenings than the odd names adults commonly use. In other words, it is much easier for toddlers and preschoolers to remember that we go swimming on “Blue Day” than on “Saturday.” And wearing the daily color makes it even easier for kids to remember what to expect and where they are in the week.
Children also begin to know that “Blue Day” follows “Green Day” much more quickly than they learn that “Saturday” follows “Friday.” In other words, if you tell your child on “Monday” that you will be going to Grandma’s on “Friday,” they have difficulty understanding what that means.
But when you tell a child on “Purple Day” that we will be going to grandma’s house on “Green Day,” they will have a much better grasp of what that means because they can learn the color days much faster.
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7. Your family will always be photo-ready when you follow the Waldorf colors of the day.
As we were heading out on our daily walk, my mother paused to draw attention to the fact that we all looked like we were heading to a photo shoot in our daily color. Ever since that day, we often laugh at how ‘photo-ready’ we are. We love being photo-ready every day, and many of our daily candid shots are fantastic because of the Waldorf colors of the day.
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Adding the Waldorf colors of the day to your daily rhythm has many benefits. Using the Waldorf colors of the week can help lessen conflicts in the home, create unity in the classroom, make daily and weekly happenings a breeze, and allow children to learn, grow and thrive. Give it a try today!
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