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5 Ways to Teach Colors to Preschoolers and Kindergartners

5 Ways to Teach Colors to Preschoolers and Kindergartners

Need some ideas that will help your preschoolers and kindergartners learn their colors in a fun and engaging way? The following color activities for kindergartners will give them plenty of opportunity to recognize and familiarize themselves with the colors of the rainbow (and beyond). 

teacher with kids and paints on their hands.

Before we jump into the color activities for kindergarten, I do want to say that the best way to teach your kids colors is through play and everyday life.

Why? Because colors are literally all around us! You can find so many different ways to draw their attention to the colors around them – without even having to give it much thought. And the more you do this, the quicker those colors will become part of their regular vocabulary. 

For example, when you’re helping them get dressed, you can give them color-based options for what to wear-

“Do you want to wear your this blue dress or do you want to wear this orange dress?â€.

When asking them to do things around the house, you can also attribute colors to items-

“Can you give mommy the big, green book that’s on the table?”

As you read through the following 5 color activities, you’ll notice that they’re things you can easily incorporate into your daily life.

This was done purposefully, because I want you to be able to teach your kids their colors in a simple, fun, and very accessible way. 

5 Color Activities for Kindergarten and Preschool Students

Color of the Day

This color activity is super simple! Decide what the “color of the day†will be and let your child know.

If needed, show them that color as a reminder. Then, throughout the day, you and your child can point out as many instances of that color that you come across.

If you want to make it more simple, you can have a set number of items that you want them to find and once they find that many items that are the color of the day, they win!

Be sure to point out that the items don’t have to be the exact same shade.

For example, if the color is blue, they may point out the sky, the ocean, a dark blue table, different pairs of blue jeans, someone’s eyes, etc. They’re going to be all different shades, but they’re still blue. 

LEGO Sorting

Do you have LEGOs (or any other type of colorful building blocks)? If so, these can be a fantastic way to help your preschooler or kindergartner learn and practice color recognition.

The easiest way is to have your kids sort their blocks based on color. You can take it a step further by challenging them to build things with specific colors (e.g. a blue building, a yellow car, a red pyramid, a green house with a red roof and a yellow door, etc.)

This is a great practice for them on sorting, building, creating and imaginary play. You can include counting and sorting by numbers as well to make this lesson even more powerful.

Color Mixing Fun

If you have paint at home, it can be used in so many ways to help your kids learn their colors.

It can also be a fun way for them to learn about primary and secondary colors. You can also add in black and white to make things even more interesting. As they become more skilled at mixing colors, you can even pre-mix some colors and then have your kids try to match them. 

Turn this color teaching lesson or activity into a fun art lesson by drawing pictures of specific colored things they can find around the house.

Color Memory Game

Create your own version of the “Memory†game by cutting up squares of paper that are colorful one side and plain on the other. You can even laminate them if you want them to last longer.

Be sure that every square has a pair that is the same color. Mix the cards up and then lay them out in a square or rectangle.

Then, have your child flip the cards over two at a time with the intention of finding the pairs.

You can start out with them just finding matches, but then progress to having them identify the names of the colors as they flip them over. 

Color Scavenger Hunt

Another fun color teaching activity you can do is have them go on a color scavenger hunt. You can create a list of colorful items you want them to find around the house or yard.

Their goal is to to find all of them OR to find as many of them as they can within a certain time frame. Some examples could include a blue toy, a white dish, a silver utensil, a red clothing item, a black book, etc. 

These are just a few color activities for kindergartners. I hope that you find them helpful!

Remember that there is a world of color around you, so there are plenty of other ways to learn about (and celebrate) colors.

Walks around town, strolls through the park, and visits to the grocery store can turn into mini color lessons!

Want more fun and engaging ways to help your younger kids learn? Check out this post for preschoolers!

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Have you ever entertained the idea of homeschooling your preschooler?

Is there a different activity that you’ve used (or perhaps one your parents and teachers used with you)? Let us know in the comments below!


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