Preschool Color Activities


There are so many opportunities to provide color activities in preschool. In fact, when I take a look around my classroom, I realize that we have color exploration happening in many areas! While we do focus on a certain color each month, we are constantly exposing the children to a variety of colors every single day. Let me show you how!


preschool color activities

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Exploring colors in all areas of the preschool classroom:


In the sensory table:


Preschool Color Activities


We added pom poms, color coded containers, and tongs (to work those fine motor muscles).



At the art table:


Preschool Color Activities



Preschool Color Activities


We started a new project this school year: creating a canvas for each color of the rainbow. You might recall my post showing how we made our purple canvas art.


At the fine motor table:


Preschool Color Activities


We stuck colored squares to sticky paper and hung them in the window for a colorful sun catcher.



Writing Table:


Preschool Color Activities


We have sorted our 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 Activities


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.


Dramatic Play:


Preschool Color Activities


The children helped us make colorful no-sew tulle skirts for our dramatic play area.


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.



Small Groups:


We end each day with small groups. Each group has 4 children and we work on many skills, including colors.


 Large Motor:


 We love using our colorful parachute in the gym.


 Preschool Color Activities




Color books for preschoolers:




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About Sheryl Cooper

Sheryl Cooper is the founder of Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds, a website full of activities for toddlers and preschoolers. She has been teaching this age group for over 15 years and loves to share her passion with teachers, parents, grandparents, and anyone with young children in their lives.


  1. Cannot wait to try them all ! Thanks!

  2. Kate Lloyd says:

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

  3. Danya atDanyaBanya says:

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

  4. Rachel Brown says:

    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!

    • Sheryl Cooper says:

      You are quite welcome, Rachel! I am sure Lucy will enjoy them as much as my preschoolers do!

  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.