Preschool Prep Week 2: Color

 Baking soda on a tray and cups with vinegar dye and droppers
Kids With Baking Soda Craft

Color Matching with Clothes Pins

Over at All Our Days http://allourdays.com/2012/10/color-shades-busy-bag-activity-bag.html there is an emaple of matching color knowing the difference in value.

Roll thee dice and jump to the right color. 

This is great for fine motor skills while learning colors. Match the pipe cleaner to the correct circle and stick in it. 

Try out one of those crayon canvases:

Option C
Marble Painting
bah! Too many fun ideas to choose from. 

 Sorting Fruit loops by color, Place sticks into play dough and let the child sort by color
Here she has colored pinwheel pasta. The colors are bright and inviting. I think I'll be sticking with the fruit loops in case little miss becomes curious and decides to experiment with her taste buds. 

Color "walk"

Watch as the blue and yellow water travel up the paper towel and makes it's way into the empty cup making green water. source

: Blue's Clues: Color's Everywhere- From the Shapes and Colors DVD

 Rice Crispies Paint Brushes
Paint mixing. Give each child a set of baggies (one with blue/yellow, one red/yellow, and one red/blue). Talk about what primary colors are. You have to start with at least one primary color. Only primary colors have one color in them. All other colors are a combination of colors. Have the child pick up the first bag and mash the colors together. What new color did they create? When you take 2 primary colors and mix them, your new color is considered a secondary color. (Orange, Purple, Green). To make a tertiary color you need one primary color (red, yellow, or blue) and one secondary color (green, purple, orange). Tertiary colors are violet (blue and purple), Aqua (blue and green) Magenta (red and purple) vermilion (red and orange), marigold (yellow and orange) and chartreuse (yellow and green. 

Now using your new paint color baggies practice writing the letter N to erase simply lay on a flat surface and run your knuckles over the baggies. Practice a lowercase n on a different baggies. Be sure to keep the baggies closed.  When you finish writing the letter, hold the baggie up to the window and look at the letter!

Memory: using the paint sample square lay the colors face down and each person takes a turn flipping over two cards, if the colors are a match, remove the cards and let the next person take a turn. 

Circle hop. Lay colored circles out on the floor. Have a child either jump from color to color or call out a movement for the child to do (crawl to green! Twirl to red!) With multiple children take turns calling out movements and doing the moving. 

Talk about how colors can remind us of feelings. Why do we call green, purple, and blue cool colors? Does it make you feel cold, or remind you of cold things? What about hot colors (red, orange, yellow) what things look hot using colors? Talk about how we use colors to describe things. Dessert colors-tan, red, orange, brown. Neutrals: tan, brown, gray, white, black, cream. Scary colors (like at Halloween) red, black, purple. What is their favorite color? Discuss and write on the dry erase board other color vocabulary-bright, dark, pastel, bold, soft, rich, shade, fade, vibrant, opposite, clashing. 

Get a few items of clothing and talk about matching outfits. How do we know they match? Do we look at the patterns, the colors, the shades? Try to match outfits together. Do we pair black and brown? Black and navy? White with cream? What shoes do we wear with each outfit? Should the color of the shoes matter?

Holiday colors. This is played using the grid paper and a box of crayons. The teacher will name a holiday and in a blank square the child will pick up the colors they associate with the holiday. For example, the teach calls out “Independence day”, the child then colors the box with red, white and blue. Then go to another blank box, the teacher calls out “Halloween” the child then picks colors they associate with the holiday and color it in. Talk about why they chose those colors. There is no right or wrong answer, it is a way for the student to use critical thinking and color association. If they don’t know what a holiday is, give them some background, not associate with the colors. Holidays could include: President’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Groundhog’s day, Valentine’s Day, Easter, St. Patrick’s Day, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, First day of Summer Vacation, Father’s Day, Independence Day, Back to School, Labor Day, Halloween, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, HanukaKwanzaa, Christmas, New Year’s Eve/Day.



Letter Practice:
P for Paint
A for Art
C for Color

*UPDATE: Here's how our activities turned out: color week wrap up


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