Exploring Colors Throughout the Preschool Day

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Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds: Exploring Colors in Preschool
Exploring colors happens in all areas of our classroom, throughout our day…

Here are some ways we have explored colors:

In the sensory table:
Color Activities
We added pom poms, color coded containers, and tongs (to work those fine motor muscles).

At the art table:
color activities
This was a favorite!  Rainbows from bubble wrap on rolling pins. 
You can read more about it here.
preschool color activities
We started a new project this school year: creating a canvas for each color of the rainbow. I so prefer the children’s work rather than commercial posters. I can’t wait for this color wall to be completed!
You can see how we made the purple canvas here.
At the fine motor table:
We stuck colored squares to sticky paper and hung them in the window. You can see the process here.

Writing Table:
preschool color activities

How about sorting your writing tools by color?

Table Activities:
preschool color activities

Putting pom poms down the matching chute. We painted paper tubes and taped them to a piece of acrylic.
Individual Tray Work:
preschool color activities
Using a strawberry huller to transfer small pony beads to the matching container.
preschool color activities
Threading the pony beads to their matching pipe cleaners.

Light Table:
preschool color activities
Exploring color bottles. These are bottles filled with colored water and glued shut.

preschool color activtities
We added colored ice cubes to fizzy water.

preschool color activities
We placed anything yellow we found around the room to this try for a color exploration. We make sure to have magnifying glasses handy.

preschool color activities
How about some rainbow skirts? You can see how we made these easy no-sew tulle skirts here.

Circle Time:
preschool color activities
We like to use circle time to teach concepts, including colors. In this activity, each child was given a feather and he/she placed it on the matching turkey.

preschool color activities

In this activity, I gave each child a colored shape to place in the matching bowl. You can see more here.

Small Groups:
preschool color activities
We end each day with small groups. Each group has 4 children and we work on many skills,  including colors.

Large Motor:
preschool color activities
The fun we have with our colorful parachute! 

Looking for more ideas?

Color Activities for Kids (Learn With Play at Home)
Exploring Colors (Pre-Kinders)

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  1. Cannot wait to try them all ! Thanks!

  2. So many gorgeous ideas to try at home and in a classroom setting. Thank you!

  3. This is such a colourful post! So many great ideas. Pinning!

  4. Lucy is just diving into the awesome world of learning colours! I love all the ideas in the post and it has inspired me to set up colour-specific trays and make some of those awesome colour collages with my littlies! You’re such a wealth of information! Thank you so much for sharing!

  5. What a wonderful collection of hand-on color activities. We have done pony beads on pipe cleaners before, but we have always used a cheese shaker for the pipe cleaners. I love the idea of putting them in the egg carton.
    I would love for you to stop by and share on my weekly Toddler Idea Tuesday Linky. I feature several posts each week from those who link up with a link back to the original blog.

    Have a great day!

  6. tina roche says:

    Great activities. Thanks for sharing.

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