Colors - preschool lesson plans

Arts and Crafts

Basically any artwork that you will choose has to do with colors. Here are a few of my favorites that fit with the theme well.

Sponge Print
You can find already shaped sponges at most art and craft stores or you can make your own. Have your child dip the sponges into paint and press on a piece of paper. 

Sun Catchers
Supply each child with an piece of contact paper and many tissue paper squares of different colors. Have the children place the squares on the contact paper. Then trim the contact paper and hang it in a window.

Balloon Prints
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In a pie tin, place 3 to 5 teaspoon sized portions of different colored tempera paint evenly spaced about the area. Inflate a small balloon to a size which will easily fit in the palm of your child's hand. Show your child how to "dip" the balloon in the paint and press firmly onto a piece of paper. Let your child mix the colors, or use one color at a time. This is messy, but the results are wonderful. 

Bubble Art
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Supply the children with a bowl with bubble mix in it and a straw with a hole near the top to prevent children from sucking the soap up. Have the children blow into the straw while it is in the bowl creating bubbles. Then, have the child place a drop of food coloring on the top of the bubbles and quickly press a piece of paper on the top of the bubbles to create bubble prints. 

Torn Paper Art
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Draw any shape on a piece of paper, or let the children make their own shapes. Provide the children with paper to tear and glue onto another piece of paper. 

Lego Prints
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n a pie tin, place 3 to 5 teaspoon sized portions of different colored tempera paint evenly spaced about the area. Supply the children with a variety of Duplo blocks to dip in the paint and press onto the paper to make prints. 

The oh so popular MESS FREE Marble Painting
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First you need a large plastic container with a lid. (I used a shallow peanut butter container.) Next cut out paper that will fit in the lid of the container. Place a few drops of paint into the container with a few marbles (be sure to observe carefully as marbles are a choking hazard) then place a very small amount of paint on the lid and pre-cut paper on the paint. (I use the paint to make the paper stick to the lid.) Place the lid on the container, flip and have the children shake. When finished, remove paper and allow to dry, and place a clean piece of paper in the lid for the next child. 

Kool Aid Art
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Sprinkle a little dry kool aid mix onto a piece of paper. Have your child spray water from a spray bottle onto the paper. Use different colored kool-aid mix. For added adventure, you may choose to take your children out into the rain with a piece of paper that has kool-aid on it. 

Rain and Rainbow Collage
Look in a magazine or newspaper for pictures of rain, or rainbows, cut them out, and let your child glue them onto a piece of paper for a collage. 

Torn Paper Rainbows
Apply glue onto a piece of paper where the first color of the rainbow should be, you can make a half or full arc. Have your child apply red torn paper to the glued area. Next apply glue under the red torn paper for the next color, and so on!! (you will only be able to do three or four colors) 

Easy Rainbows
Tape three or four different colored crayons in a straight line. Show your child how to draw a rainbow with one stroke. 

Cereal Rainbows
You will need a box of Fruit Loops (or similar cereal), paper, pencil and glue. For younger children, you should draw a rainbow shape on to the paper then have the children glue the fruit loops inside the shape. Older children can make their own rainbow shape, or trace it. You may also do this project as open ended art by allowing the children to make whatever they wish with the fruit loops. 

Spray Art
Fill a spray bottle 3/4 full with water. Place a small amount of paint (powdered or liquid) into the water. If you use too much or do not shake well the paint will clog up the spray bottle. Do this for at least three different bottles, with three different colors. Then place a large piece of paper on the floor, on an easel, on a wall or fence outside. Then have the children spray the colored water on the paper. Allow to dry. 

Class Rainbow
Obtain a large piece of butcher paper. Have the children make a rainbow using their hand prints using all the colors of the rainbow. 

Tissue Paper Rainbows
Apply glue onto a piece of paper where the first color of the rainbow should be, you can make a half or full arc. Have your child apply red tissue paper to the glued area. Next apply glue under the red tissue paper for the next color, and so on!! (you will only be able to do three or four colors) 

Rainbow Necklaces
Supply the children with fruit loops and yarn to make a wonderful necklace they can eat 

Tissue Paper Rainbows 2:
Supply the children with many different colors of tissue paper that will bleed. Have them cut out small shapes and then place on a piece of white paper. After the paper is covered with a single layer of paper (it' ok if a few overlap) have the children paint the paper with water so the tissue paper will bleed onto the white paper. Allow to dry, remove the paper for a beautiful picture. 

Shaving Cream Art 
Add a few drops of paint to shaving cream. Have the children use this to paint with. Not mixing the paint in will give it a special look. 

Cellophane Wrap Pictures
Have the children create a picture and then wrap colored cellophane over the picture. 

Eye Dropper Art
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You will need: watered down non-toxic paint, paper, pipettes and straws. Supply each child with a straw and a piece of paper. Allow the children to use the pipette (or medicine dropper NOT GLASS) to place a small amount of paint onto a piece of paper. They may use as many colors as they wish. Then, have them use the straw to blow the paint around their picture. 

Pastel Noodle Necklaces
Supply the children with pasta noodles that have been dyed different colors and yarn. Have the children thread the noodles onto the yarn to make a necklace. 

Pastel Noodle Art
Supply the children with pasta noodles that have been dyed different colors and yarn. Have the children glue the noodles onto a piece of paper. 

Easy Rainbows
Tape three or four different colored crayons in a straight line. Show your child how to draw a rainbow with one stroke. 

Games, Math and Science 

Rainbow in a jar
Take a large glass jar, fill it 3/4 with water. Drop a single drop of food coloring into the jar from about a foot above the jar, so the coloring makes it's way almost to the bottom. Try different colors. 

Which color is missing?
Draw several different rainbow on small pieces of paper. Each one, exclude a color that should be in the rainbow.. so the first exclude red, second orange... etc. Then make a rainbow that has all the colors. Show the children the rainbow with all the colors on it. Ask what colors do they see. Then show each card to the children and ask them if they can guess what color is missing Variation: Put the colors in the wrong order. See if the children can see which color is not in the right place. 

Milky Rainbows:
Provide every child with a shallow container of milk. Place a couple drops of different food coloring in the milk. Next have the child dip a toothpick into a little dish soap and then dip it into the milk. What happens? Try it again! 

Looking at the world through different colored glasses:
Obtain different colored cellophane wrap and many toilet paper rolls. Apply a square of the cellophane wrap to the end of the toilet paper roll and secure with a rubber band or masking tape. Each child should have one. Have the children look through the tube to see what everything looks like. Have them trade with a friend. You could also have five of these set up in your science area for the children to use, or bind two of the same color for binoculars. 

Goop
Mix 2 cups water with a little food coloring, add 6 cups of cornflour/cornstarch to make goop.

"Taste the Rainbow" Jar
For older children. Fill a small jar with Skittles. Ask each child to guess how many Skittles are in the jar. For younger children, limit the number of Skittles to less than ten. Record each child's guess. Count the Skittles. 

"Taste the Rainbow" Jar for School agers
Provide three identical jars with pre-counted Skittles of 20, 30, and 40. Label these jars 20, 30 and 40. Place 20 to 40 Skittles in a fourth identical jar. Allow the children to examine all four jars before they guess. Record the children's approximations. Count the Skittles. 

Mixing Colored Water
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Materials: water, food coloring, plastic eyedroppers or pipettes, white plastic egg cartons
Fill three of the spaced in your egg carton with water. Add a couple of drops of red to one, yellow to another and green to the last. Show the children how to use the eyedropper or the pipette to move the water from one spot to another. Let them experiment with mixing the colors. 

Sand and Water Table Ideas
add a few drops of food coloring to the water 
add soap and a few drops of food coloring to the water 
add colored ice cubes to the water 
use colored rice (add food coloring to the rice, mix and let dry) 
use colored pasta (add food coloring to the pasta, mix and let dry) 
add plastic blocks to the sand or water 

Color Sort
Have the children sort objects by color. They can be bears, blocks, or a mixture of different objects. 

Fruit Salad
You will need many different colored fruits. Examples are: oranges, grapes (cut in quarters without seeds) apples, blueberries, strawberries, kiwi, cantaloupe, muskmelon, raspberries, watermelon. Wash fruit, and cut into safe bite size pieces before serving. Serve each fruit in an individual bowl with it's own serving utensil. Allow the children to choose which fruits they would like. BE AWARE OF ANY ALLERGIES in your class. 

Group Time and Songs

Color Hop
Cut circles or squares from different colors of paper. Use contact paper to attach these to the floor. Place them in a manner where the children can hop from one color to the next easily. 

I Spy
Play I spy with the children. 

Bring me...
Say to the children, "bring me something red". The children will go and find something red and bring it back to the circle. Repeat with other colors.

What do you see?
Ask the children to point out all of the colors they see in the room. What is blue? What is green?

Favorite Color Chart
Ask the children what their favorite color is. Graph the results. 

Hair Color Chart
Have the children raise their hands if they have brown hair. Count and record the number of children that have brown hair. Repeat for red, blond and black. Graph the results. Ask the children "what color hair do most of the children in our class have?" 

Eye Color Chart
Have the children raise their hands if they have brown eyes. Count and record the number of children that have brown eyes. Repeat for blue, green and hazel. Graph the results. Ask the children "what color eyes do most of the children in our class have?" 

Different Apples 
Next time you go to the grocery store with your child. Point out all the different kinds of apples. Tell your child their names. Buy a few different kinds, and when you get home, let your child try them. Ask your child how each one tastes. Ask your child how each one is different. 

Red, Red, Green!!!
Played like "Duck, Duck, Goose" except the children will say "Red, Red, Green". 

Mr. Rainbow Says:
Played just like "Simon Say" except the teacher says "Mr. Rainbow Says". With younger children, do not make children sit out... just say "Mr. Rainbow didn't say". 

Rainbow Musical Chairs
If they children made raindrop headbands, have them wear them during this activity. Arrange the chairs in a circle. If you have younger children it is best to have too many chairs. This can be a game where everyone wins. Place different color circles on each chair. Have the children walk around the chairs until the music stops. Then everyone finds a chair. Ask who is sitting on a chair with a red circle? Blue? Etc. 

Rainbow Bean Bag Toss
Cut out three raindrop shapes from a piece of cardboard. Paint around the shapes with blue. When dry, prop up the cardboard and have the children play bean bag toss, trying to get the bean bags in the raindrop holes. 

What's under the Rainbow? 
Find a very colorful sock. Place something in the sock, like a block, or a toy. Let the child feel the object and try to guess what it is. 

Color Day:
Have each day of the week be a specific color day... i.e. Red Day, Blue Day and ask the parents to dress the children in that color. 

Color Song:
Suzie is wearing red today 
Red today, red today, 
Suzie is wearing red today 
All day long 
(Substitute Suzie with a name of the child in your class, and red for the color that child is wearing) Repeat the song twice and let the child dance during the song. Have the other children sing and clap along. 

Color Jump Song
If you're wearing red then 
Jump up and Down, 
Jump up and Down, 
Jump up and Down, 
If you're wearing red then 
Jump up and Down, 
Now sit back down.

Rainbow Pancakes
OH my isn't this a great idea, check it out these beautiful pancakes on Amanda's "I am Mommy" blog. 


Taste the Rainbow CupcakesAnother great idea, this one is from FamilyFun