We are moving this weekend and as I was sorting though my teaching material, I came across a bunch of activities I made in a preschool class I took last summer. You may remember these 10 transition songs I shared earlier this summer, which were from the class. As I was flipping through my stuff, I found some cute activities for learning colors. I’ve had a lot of moms ask me about teaching their child colors. So today, I am going to share 7 activities for learning colors.
1. Carl the Clown
This is a cute activity. You will need felt to cut out a face, nose, and eyes, as well as 7 different colored hats. Show the clown to your child and have them play with it before reading the following chant. As you read the story, move the different colored hats onto Carl the Clown. You can download the story here.
2. Little Mouse
For this activity, you will cut out a small mouse and different colored houses out of felt. You can use this template for tracing.
Hide the mouse under a house and say this chant:
Little Mouse, little mouse,
Are you hiding behind the _________ (say a color) house?
Have your little one guess which house the mouse is hiding under. Then have them hide the mouse and say the chant again.
3. Little Dinosaur
This activity is similar to the mouse one. Cut out a dinosaur and different colored caves/doors. You can use this template for tracing.
Then hide the dinosaur behind a door and say this chant:
Little dinosaur, little dinosaur,
Give a little roar!
Little Dinosaur, little dinosaur,
Are you hiding behind the _________ (say a color) door?
4. Humpty Dumpty
This activity is all about the different colored hats Humpty Dumpty wears. I do not have a template for this one, so you will need to draw Humpty onto a piece of felt and you can staple it to a folder (if you want it to be sturdier). Then cut out different colored hats out of felt. Read the story found here. After reading the story several times, have your child put the different colored hats on while you read the story.
5. Scat the Cat
This is a cute story about a cat who wants to change his color. You can download the story here —>Scat the Cat.
You will also need to cut out the shape of a cat in a folder and place a plastic sheet on top. Then add googly eyes and draw a nose and mouth. You will need several colored sheets of paper to show the cat changing colors. To download the cat template click here.
6. Color Pockets
For this one, I cut out felt and sewed them together (you could also use fabric glue if you dont want to sew!). Then I cut out cardstock paper for my child to put into each colored pocket. This is to help recognize colors and to match them correctly. I think a colored craft stick would also work well.
7. Color Matching Game
Focus on just learning 4 colors at a time with this simple game. Check out this post for details.
These are just a few ways to learn colors. What suggestions do you have for teaching colors?