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Materials: Paper, marker, scissors and magazines.
Description: On a sheet of paper write down
the words the children brainstorm
Extension: Children may wish to dictate a story about their pictures. Teachers can write the story on their papers or just write the color word with a marker of the same color.
Materials: File folders, all different colors
of construction paper, contact paper and
Description: Cut circles out of different colored construction paper and glue them to the file folders. Under each color write the color name, under the blue circle write 'Blue'. Then do the same for the other colors. This way the children learn the spelling of the color words. Next, laminate the folder. Make one large circle of each color and laminate that also and cut it into little circles. Now the kids can match the colors.
For older youngsters teachers can also ask them how to spell the color and if they are learning their letters that gives them feedback on what they have learned.
Teachers can also put velcro on the folder and colored circles and children can push it on the velcro so that the colors don't fall off.
Another thing you can do is give children
M & M's and they can match the different
Comments: You can also do this with shapes,
you can make different shapes and
Materials: Hot water from tap, warm water, cold tap water and freezer water.
Description: Get 4 glasses (make sure you can use them in the freezer). Pour water into one and put it into the freezer (for about 2 hours). Pour water into another from the cold tap. Pour water into the third glass from the warm tap and put water from the hot tap into the fourth glass. After the water in freezer is very cold drop food coloring into each glass, "What happens?" Encourage the kids to observe the difference in each glass
Comments: Very good to use when working with color, hot and cold science activities.
Materials: Five different colors of construction paper, craft sticks, scissors and tape.
Description: In advance teachers cut circles
out of five different colors of construction paper. Tape the circles onto
craft sticks and give one craft stick lollipop to each child. Call out
the name of a color and have the children with this color either stand
or sit or skip etc. around the classroom. Continue with other colors.
Teachers can also use color words on plain paper circles for older children.
Don't forget to discuss the circle shape.
Game & Song
Materials: Construction paper of all different colors. I cut out shapes and laminated the shapes. You can also do this activity with the alphabet and shapes.
Description: Give each child a different color, if you have many children in your class you can give more than one child the same color. Next, sit in a circle. Then, sing this song (use your own tune).
When you are singing this, it is easier to have the child or children get up and go to the middle of the circle, so that there are no injuries. Also when you say the color, the teacher can hold up the color.Red, Red, Red, Red,
Materials: Newspaper, large white pieces of paper, red, blue, yellow and white paint.
Description: The children are finger painting with the 3 primary colors. As the children are painting the teacher puts blobs of white paint on their artwork, as the children blend the white paint into their artwork the teacher asks appropriate questions about what is happening to the colors already on their page.
Materials: Butcher paper, water, spray bottle and powder tempera paint.
Description: Give each child a piece of paper and the spray bottle filled with water. Have them spray the paper until completely wet. Now, sprinkle paint on top of the water. Watch as the paint swirls and makes designs. You can use several colors and watch them mix and swirl around each other. You can also spray more water on top. Let them dry overnight.
Colored Water Mixing
Materials: 3 clear cups half way filled; one with red water, one with blue water and one with yellow water, 3 eye droppers, one for each color, white ice tray or any other white container with multiple compartments.
Description: Place 3 cups (red water, yellow
water, blue water) on a tray with
Materials: Bingo game board with color squares, i.e. red, orange, yellow, blue, green and purple etc., markers such as pieces of construction paper or buttons, Pieces of colored paper to represent each color on the game board.
Description: Hold up one colored paper at
a time. The children use their markers
Comments: We had a lot of fun playing this
game. Not only do the kids learn
Materials: Washable paint (blue, yellow, red) ,dishwashing liquid, towel, soapy water in a large tub, long sheets of paper and masking tape.
Description: First read the book Mouse
Paint. Then tell your kids that they
Comments: My kids loved this activity. We hung the papers on the wall to dry. Tell parents about this activity a few days in advance.
Lots of books about color are listed in Preschool Books Listed by Themes.
Materials: Paint color sample cards and construction paper scraps.
Description: Obtain enough paint sample cards
for each child to have at least 3
Comments: This game is a lot of fun.
After I went through each of the colors
Materials: Popsicle sticks, yarn, magnets, paper clips and colored construction paper.
Description: Give each child a fishing rod
which you have made in advance from a popsicle stick. The fishing rod
has yarn tied to it with a magnet tied to the end. Cut fish out
of different colored construction paper. Fasten a paper clip to
each fish. Put all the fish
in the middle of the "circle" pond and have the children stand
When all the fish have been caught, have all the children holding "red" fish stand up. Have all the children holding "blue" wave their fish. Have all the children holding "yellow" fish jump up and down and so on until you have named all the colors of fish.
Materials: Paint papers, paint of different colors, diluted half with water.
Description: Fold the paper in two. Unfold
to put on the paint. Ask children to put drops of paint everywhere on
one side of the paper, near the center if possible.
Materials: Clear plastic bottles, water, food coloring and colored lamp oil.
Description: Fill a clear plastic bottle with
equal parts of colored water and
Materials: White paper or paper plates, primary colors paint in bottles, and plastic wrap (handi-wrap).
Description: Put primary colors on the student's
paper in little puddles, about
& Water Transfer
Materials: White roll paper, colored tissue paper, squirt bottles filled with water, sheet of plastic and plastic gloves.
Description: Take a long sheet of white roll paper. This can be cut into a shape if desired. Lay the paper out on the floor or large table. Have children lay different colored sheets of tissue paper over the roll paper. Tissue paper can and should overlap.
Next, ask the children to spray water over the tissue paper, until saturated. When children are finished squirting water, lift the tissue paper off (wearing some kind of gloves).
Discuss how the color got onto the paper and the way the different colors mixed.
Color Mixing: Flower
Materials: 2 or more colors of paint, paper plate, green construction paper.
Out of green construction paper make a stem to glue to the plate. You can cut out the stem or let the children cut it out.
Materials: Shaving cream, food coloring, tablecloth and paper.
Comments: If you do it with younger children make sure they do not eat it or get the cream in their eyes (it stings). A non stinging substitute is whipped cream.
Materials: White construction paper in the shape of an egg, karo syrup, smocks, q-tips, a paint brush to spread the karo syrup and different colors of food color
Comments: The thin coat allows for a fast drying process. The thicker the coat the longer it takes to dry. Hang when finished drying.
Materials: A one liter bottle, karo syrup, confetti, and food coloring.
Comments: Adding glitter adds luster.
Comments: the kids look forward to playing this game.
1. To develop an understanding of classification by the differentMaterials:
Plastic fish. Three different colors. (Red , blue, yellow)
Coffee Filter Sun Catchers
Materials: Coffee filters, hole punch, food coloring, water, small bowls, yarn.
Next let the children dip small areas of the filter in the color bowls. They need to only dip it for a second because the filter will soak it up fast. After they dip it in all the colors they want, unfold them to see how wonderfully the colors mix.
Talk about the patterns the colors made. Let them dry, then punch a hole in them and tie with yarn. Hang them in the sunlight to watch how the sunshine bounces off to make bright beautiful colors.
Materials: Wax paper, crayon shavings, hole punch, yarn., Teacher uses a Warm Iron (not to be handled by young children).
Let it cool, punch a hole in the top and run yarn through it and hang it in front of a window for the sun to shine on it to see the beautiful stained window.
Gayle's Hint: If you have a plastic food grater available, children can grate old crayons to create the shavings. Older children can trace shapes or a butterfly etc. on the finished wax paper before punching a hole for hanging.
up "A Purple Cow"
You will need: Vanilla ice cream, grape soda, spoons, clear (heavy) plastic glasses.
Tell youngsters that they will be making a drink called "Purple Cow". Discuss the recipe and what the final product will be. Show them the ingredients that will be used. Then say, " Let's see what happens when we mix the ingredients". As children stir, talk about the color. Enjoy drinking the treat!
As youngsters mix their drinks, say or sing:
Materials: Crayons, salt, water, paint brushes.
Description: Have the children draw a picture. Have a lot of salt and a little bit of water ready. After the picture is done the children paint over the picture.
Comments: The children really enjoyed it. I had a hard time getting them not to rush to the salt!
Materials: Feathers, paint (assorted colors), and assorted paper.
To play the game a child or a group of children can take turns matching the colors to the correct color on the wall. When done the set of game pieces can be placed in the ziploc bag for safe keeping.
Comments: I did this activity with two year olds and they really have learned a lot easier . They also enjoyed it!
What colors do I see?Song: Colors
in this theme!
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