A Preschool Colors Theme is one of the most asked about themes. How do we teach colors? Do we make a month or 2 month long theme plan or do we integrate teaching colors into each day at preschool? Yes and yes! You can do both or either!
Some teachers introduce a color each week in addition to their theme. Some introduce a color each month in addition to their theme or themes. If you are planning a theme about Winter and introduce the color white for the month, you can integrate teaching about winter, snow and white during your Circle Time discussions, at the easel while painting with white paint or while making an "Animals in Winter" collage and talking about Polar Bears, snow and the white glue!
This page has activities that focus on a colors theme throughout your classroom and for each Interest Learning Center. You might choose to offer these activities into your regularly planned preschool themes or you might choose to offer activities based on one color as the theme each day or each week or each month. You decide!
Let the Preschool Colors Theme planning begin!
You can either scroll down through this page to see all of the preschool activities for your theme or click the picture below to go to specific preschool activity types you are looking for.
Materials Needed: Scraps of colored construction paper, glue, large white paper for each child, scissors (optional)
The children cut or tear paper into smaller pieces and glue onto the white paper.
Discuss the colors while the children work on their collages. Ask questions about the colors such as:
"I have a red piece of paper here. What else can you think of that is red (apples, hearts, etc.).
EXTENSION: Provide a picture of a rainbow for the children who may be ready to place the different colors in the order and shape of a rainbow.
EXTENSION: Pre-draw the rainbow arches onto the white paper. Pre-glue one color piece of paper in each arch to show the children which colors go where on a rainbow.
Preschool Colors Theme Bingo Dauber Art
Materials needed: plain construction paper, daubers in a variety of colors
Show the children how to use the daubers. Be sure to let them know that they should press them onto the paper and not use them like crayons or markers (this will rip the sponge tips off).
The children can make people, animals or simply experiment with them! Some children will notice that when they press blue over yellow they get green! This is a great open-ended activity for the children to learn about color.
NOTE: There is a company that sells daubers filled with washable colored ink called "Do A Dot". You can also purchase your own empty daubers and add washable water color paint and water to them.
EXTENSION: Work on shapes or letters or the children's names as well! In advance, pre-print the children's names, or shapes or letters that you are working on. The children then press the daubers to cover or "trace" what you have pre-drawn! This would be a great activity for your Writing Center!
Preschool Colors Theme Mixer 1!
Materials needed: plain construction paper, pipettes or plastic spoons, variety of colors of tempera paint, waxed paper
The children drop small amounts of different colors on their paper.
They place a piece of waxed paper over the paper.
They press and rub their hands over the waxed paper to see the colors move and mix!
EXTENSION: If you are working on the color blue, provide blue and white paint to discover different shades; or blue and yellow paint to discover green; or blue and red paint to discover purple!
Preschool Colors Theme Fingerpainting
But of course! Provide all colors (or the colors you are focusing on) of fingerpaint, fingerpaint paper and just have at it!
Preschool Colors Theme Bubbles
Materials needed: bubble solution, small paper cups, drinking straws, paint (variety of colors or the colors you are focusing on), white paper, cleanup supplies
Fill each cup with half way with bubble solution and gently stir in a few teaspoons of paint to color the bubbles.
Cut a small notch into the straw below where the children will hold the straws.
NOTE: I use the flexible straws and instruct the children to hold the straws where they bend. I pre-cut notches below the flex line. The notch prevents them from "drinking" the bubble solution if they happen to suck in rather than blow out.
The children place a cup of solution on their paper.
They place their straw (each child gets ONE straw and uses only their straw in each cup--no sharing!!) into the cup and blow!
The keep blowing until the bubbles get so high that they drip over the sides of the cup.
These bubbles will "pop" on their white paper and look awesome!
Again, you can focus on one color (just red bubbles this week), many colors, or colors that mix to make new colors (such as blue and yellow).
Preschool Colors Theme Mixer 2!
Materials needed: Fingerpaint, plain paper, bin with soapy water and towels
Paint one of a child's hand with blue and the other with yellow.
Have them make a hand print of each next to each other on the paper.
Have them rub their hands together and discuss the color they made (green) and then make a green handprint next to the blue and yellow print.
Wash and dry hands and then repeat with other colors:
Red + Yellow = Orange
Red + Blue = Purple
Red + Yellow + Blue = Brown
Red + White + Pink
Colored Shaving Cream
Perfect for a preschool colors theme!
Spray mounds of shaving cream on the table and drop a few drops of tempera paint on each mound. Give each child a different color.
Let them have at it! Encourage them to share their color with a friend and see what color they get when they mix them together!
NOTE: Use NON menthol scented shaving cream. Menthol is too strong of a smell for a classroom activity.
Add colored signs to your block area along with cars and trucks. Add stop lights, colored blocks, colored construction paper and crayons for your children to make their own color signs!
Depending on how you plan your preschool colors theme, add signs, paper or painted paper towel tubes to match the color or colors you are focusing on!
Circle Time is such a great time for children to learn the social skills of being together as a large group AND to learn more about your preschool colors theme!
The Color That I See
Fill in the color you are working on or use each color!
______, ______ is the color that I see.
If you are wearing ________ then show it to me!
Stand up! Turn around!
Show me your __________ and sit back down!
The Color Song (Sung to the tune of the ABC song)
Red and orange, green and blue, shiny yellow, purple, too.
All the colors that we know, live inside a rainbow.
Red and orange, green and blue, shiny yellow, purple, too.
What Color Is Missing?
Materials Needed: cups (that you cannot see through!) and large colored pom poms.
Show the children the pom poms. Place them on the floor in front of you. Name the colors with the children.
Have them cover their eyes.
Cover one or two pom poms with cups.
Have them uncover their eyes and guess which colors are missing!
Materials Needed: black washable marker, coffee filter, cup of water
Draw a ring in the middle of the coffee filter.
Draw a larger ring around that one (about 1 1/2 inches from the first ring)
Continue this until you reach the edge of the filter.
Fold the coffee filter a few times.
Tip the end of the filter into the water (leave in for several seconds).
Hold and show the children how the black spreads and turns into colors!
Unfold and let dry to display.
EXTENSION: Provide filters and markers at the science table for the children to use!
R-E-D Red Song
I don't know the tune of this song, but it can be found on YouTube!
R-E-D red, R-E-D, red.
I can spell red. I can spell red.
Fire trucks are red. Stop signs are red, too.
R-E-D red, R-E-D red.
Colors as a ......
Orange as a carrot,
Yellow as a pear.
Purple as a plum.
Brown as a bear.
Green as the grass.
Blue as the sky.
Black as a cat.
Red as cherry pie.
Prepare pictures to place on a flannel board as you tell this. Give each child one. I made 2 sets so that each child could have one. You could make one set and read this twice so that all the children have a turn.
Look Who Found a Color!
Sing this to either Mary Wore Her Red Dress or Mary Had a Little Lamb.
In advance, cut circles out of all the colors. Place them in a bag, basket or box.
Give each child to reach in and take one out.
They name the color they have and you all sing as the child shows he circle and then places it on a flannel board:
Cheryl found a color, a color, a color.
Cheryl found a color on a shape that is round.
Cheryl found a color, a color, a color.
Cheryl found a color, and green is what she found!
Can you Find the Color?
In advance, cut out long strips of colored paper (2 of each color).
Place one set of the strips on a flannel board or on the floor in front of you.
Place the other set inside a bag or box.
One at a time, a child reaches in and pulls one out. Have the child name the color and then sing this song (to the tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb) as they find the matching color on the floor and place it next to or on top of the matching paper:
Can you find the color red, color red, color red?
Can you find the color red and match it with its friend?
Play this at circle time. Don't wait for a preschool colors theme to do this! It is a great review any time or year!
Give one child a paint stick or magic wand from dramatic play. Say "I Spy something ______" Pick a color.
That child walks around the room and points to something of that color.
Continue until each child has a turn.
VARIATION: Rather than a magic want, give the child a flashlight and have them shine the flashlight on the color you name.
Scat the Cat
This is one of my all time favorite flannel stories to tell. And, of course, it is perfect for a preschool colors theme!
It is long, so cut, paste and print! Place it in a folder with the pieces you'll need to tell the story!
Once upon a time there was a little black cat and his name was Scat the Cat. (Place black cat on board)
One day he looked around and noticed that there were so many beautiful colors and he wanted to be a different color, too!
So he said:
"I'm Scat the Cat. I'm sassy and fat and I can change my color just like that!" (take off the black cat and snap your fingers.)
All of a sudden he was green (put up the green cat) like the trees and the grass. What else was green? (Ask children to name green things)
He went out to play with his friends but they couldn't see him because he was the same color as the trees and the grass.
He was so sad and decided he didn't want to be green anymore, so he said:
"I'm Scat the Cat. I'm sassy and fat and I can change my color just like that! "(take off the green cat and snap your fingers.)
All of a sudden he was blue (put up the blue cat) like the water and the sky. What else is blue like Scat? (Ask children to name blue things)
He walked to the lake to look in the water to see his reflection, but he fell in! He couldn't swim and he called for help. But his friends couldn't see him because he was the same color as the water.
Just then, his friend Timothy Turtle found him and carried him back to the shore on his shell.
Scat was very sad and decided he didn't want to be blue anymore, so he said:
"I'm Scat the Cat. I'm sassy and fat and I can change my color just like that!" (take off the blue cat and snap your fingers.)
All of a sudden Scat was yellow (put up yellow cat) like the sun! What else is yellow like Scat? (Ask children to name yellow things)
He walked in the jungle and came across Leo the Lion. Leo roared "I'M THE ONLY ONE WHO IS YELLOW IN THIS JUNGLE!". Scat was so afraid and decided that he didn't want to be yellow any more so he said,
"I'm Scat the Cat. I'm sassy and fat and I can change my color just like that!" (take off the yellow cat and snap your fingers.)
All of a sudden Scat was red (put up red cat) like an apple. What else is red like Scat? (Ask children to name red things)
He went to play with his friends by they laughed at him. After all, who ever heard of a red cat?
Scat was very sad and decided he didn't want to be red anymore, so he said:
"I'm Scat the Cat. I'm sassy and fat and I can change my color just like that!"(take off the red cat and snap your fingers.)
I don't want to be red, I don't want to be yellow, I don't want to be blue and I don't want to be green. I want to be Scat the Black Cat again.
Scat changed back to black (put up black cat) and was happy just being himself.
Little Mouse Where Is Your House?
Cut out and laminate house shapes, one in each color.
Cut out and laminate a small mouse picture that is smaller than the house shapes.
Introduce this game at circle time.
Place the mouse under a house when the children all "hide their eyes".
Tell them to uncover their eyes and say:
Little Mouse, Little Mouse--Where is Your House?
Is it this red one? (Lift up red house). No mouse here!
Continue with each color house saying the phrase "Little Mouse..." for each one, until you find the mouse in his house.
EXTENSION: Place this game in your Math/Manipulatives Area for the children to play on their own! This was a DAILY request all year with one group of preschoolers we had!!
Check it Out! Colored Milk Rainbows!
Materials Needed: milk, shallow glass dish, food coloring, clear dish detergent
Pour milk into dish.
Drop 4-5 drops of one color into the milk.
Drop 4-5 drops of another color near, but near the first.
Add a few drops of clear dish detergent in between the two colored areas and WATCH!
The colors swirl and mix!
Try: Red with yellow; blue with yellow: red with blue!
In advance, cut different colors of construction paper in half. Give one half of one color to each child (be sure that each child will have another person who has the other half!).
Play music for them to dance to while holding their colors. When the music stops, they go and stand next to their friend with the matching color.
Switch colors and play again.
Name Something That Is...
In a brown lunch bag, place many (enough for 1 for each child) colored items: either feathers, pom poms or pieces of construction paper.
Each child takes a turn reaching in the bag and pulling one out. When he or she pulls one out, they name the color and then name something that is that color (red-apple).
Give each child a turn.
When planning your preschool colors theme, use this activity each day or week, adding the colors you've introduced!
One day the sun was shining bright (hold up right hand like blocking the sun from your eyes)
But some clouds came along and it became black as night (hold up other hand for the clouds)
Then the rain began to sprinkle, down to the ground. (Wiggle fingers to make it look like rain)
And soon it was raining all over the town.
But after the clouds had passed on by (Hold hands up and move from left to right)
A big beautiful rainbow stretched across the sky (Make a rainbow shape in the air with your hands).
Sing Color Songs!
Sing songs with colors in them such as:
Baa, Baa, Black Sheep
Mary Had a Little Lamb
5 Green and Speckled Frogs
Little Boy blue
If You Are Wearing a ___Shirt, Stand Up (from a Hap Palmer CD)
Cooking with children helps develop their math skills and helps them to learn how to follow directions. It also allows for some great conversation! Ask many questions while cooking with your children to encourage conversation! Be sure to ask specific preschool colors theme questions while making these fun snacks!
A Preschool Colors Theme Toast Snack
Ingredients: small cups, milk, food coloring, new paintbrushes, bread, toaster
Make different colored milk in each cup with milk and food coloring.
The children paint designs on a piece of bread.
Toast the bread for snack!
Rainbow Fruit Snack
Needed: clear, plastic cups; fruit of different colors--strawberries, bananas, oranges, blueberries, kiwi, etc.
Have the children help you wash and prepare the fruit.
They scoop or place one thin layer of each fruit in their cup to make a rainbow.
Pretty and yummy!
Dramatic play lends itself to a preschool colors theme any time of year. You can add color activities, however, just having conversation can introduce your colors. Ask a child to set the table with red dishes. Do we have any blue cups?
Matching Laundry Time!
In advance, hang a thing rope across the wall attached to cup hooks.
Paint pincher type clothes pin in different colors.
Cut out matching colored pieces of felt.
The children hang the "laundry" felt on the line using the corresponding colored clothes pin!
Provide a laundry basket with many pairs of socks in different colors.
The children sort, match and fold the socks into matching colored pairs.
More Than Just Painting (Although that is always THE favorite in our classroom!)
Provide chalk for the children to use at the easel. My favorite is to also provide a small cup of water for the children to dip the chalk into. It makes the colors much bolder when they color!
As with most of the activities on this page, add the color or colors you are focusing on during your preschool colors theme.
that help build their muscles while they have fun together
Musical Colored Chairs
In advance, make different colored shapes (2 of each), one set for each child.
Set up chairs in a circle or back to back in a row. Have one chair for every student.
Place one shape on a chair and give the matching shape and color to a child.
Play music. They walk around the chairs. When the music stops, they need to walk (NOT RUN) and find the chair that has their color and shape on it.
Switch color shapes with children and continue playing.
NOTE: I'd suggest taping the shape to the chair. The children for some reason think they need to pick up the shape from the chair and you'll spend more time placing the shapes back on chairs than you probably want to!
In a large poster board, draw a large rainbow.
Give children colored milk caps or bean bags to toss into the corresponding colors!
Go for a Color Walk
Go for a walk outside. Tell the children to talk about the different colors and items they see. You, or an adult helper, write down the child's name, item and color they see.
When back inside, read back all the items each child saw!
Book Suggestions for the Library for your preschool colors themeA Color of His Own by Leo Lionni
and Develop Those Small Muscles in Their Hands!
Materials needed: small colored beads or colored pasta, shoe laces
The children make their own necklaces. Encourage simple patterns (such as ABABAB Red, blue, red, blue) or more complex depending on the abilities of your children (ABCABC red, blue green, red, blue green).
Color Order and Size
In advance, cut out circles that are decreasing in size: large red, smaller orange, even smaller yellow, continue with green purple, blue, black, brown, etc.
The children put the colors in decreasing size order.
Pom Pom Color Sort
Materials Needed: Paper towel tubes, construction paper, pom poms, plastic tongs/tweezers
In advance, cut the paper towel tubes in half (so they are the size of toilet paper tubes: I don't use toilet paper tubes---just seems germy to me!).
Cover each tube half with a different color of construction paper (or paint the outside of the tube).
Print the name of the color on the tube with black marker.
Provide the tubes, tweezers and colored pom poms for the children to sort into the correct colored tube.
Colored Noodle Sculptures
Purchase colored packing noodles that are biodegradable (can be ordered through teacher stores).
Materials needed: colored noodles, poster board, shallow trays of water.
The children dip one end of a noodle into the water for a few seconds and then sculpt with them.
The noodles will stick to teach other and you'll see some great creations!
Materials: colored pasta, glue and poster board.
Use colored macaroni too glue onto poster board for a colored noodle mosaic! Color the macaroni by placing macaroni in containers. Add alcohol colored with food coloring. Let sit until noodles are the color you want. Let dry overnight on paper towels.
Fruit Loops Rainbows
Fruit Loops contain coconut, which is a TREE NUT. Do not use if you have any students with tree nut allergies.
Materials needed: paint, paper, glue, fruit loops.
Color glue with paint to match the Fruit Loops cereal colors.
Paint a rainbow on the papers in advance.
The children glue the corresponding cereal in each arch.
Preschool Colors Theme Color Matching
In advance, cut out large circles of blue, red, yellow and green.
Cut out smaller circles of all colors.
The children match the colors small circle on large circle.
VARIATION: Place a different colored dot in the middle of each large circle. The children then place a small color circle that matches the dot. This will help children who are ready for a color challenge. You might have a red dot in the middle of a large blue circle. They need to remember the instructions to match the dot in the middle not the color of the large circle.
You could also make this self correcting. On the back of each circle, glue on the correct small circle.
When the children match the dot, they can turn it over to see if they are correct.
Colored Rock Sorting
Materials Needed: empty egg cartons, small rocks that fit in each egg cup, paint.
In advance, paint the rocks and paint sections of the egg carton with various colors.
When dry, the children sort the rocks to match the egg cups.
VARIATION: One teacher provided this activity in the sand table! She buried the rocks in the sand and provided the egg cartons at the sand table.
The children sifted through the sand, found the rocks and sorted them into the egg cartons!
Provide a board or table game for the children. Limit to 2 or 3 players and one adult helper. Some suggestions are listed here (My favorites in the classroom!). You can click the links to browse and see what Amazon has:
I'm sure there are many more table or board games that will compliment your preschool colors theme!
Color Song (sung to Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes)
Red, yellow, green and blue. Green and blue.
Red, yellow, green and blue. Green and blue.
Purple, orange, brown and black.
Red, yellow, green and blue. Green and blue.
Color Hokey Pokey
I know, I know--if you are familiar with my themes on this site, you KNOW there is not much we can't Hokey Pokey to and a preschool colors theme is no exception!
Use strips of colored streamers or colored scarves. Give one to each child. There are several ways to do this, actually!
Give each child the same color. Or, give each child 2 colors
And they have to find the right one. Or, give each child all colors in front of them on the floor. Name the color you are going to sing, the child finds and picks up that color and then you sing.
You put the red one in, you put the red one out, you put the red one in and you shake it all about.
You do the Hokey Pokey and you turn yourself around.
That's what it's all about!
If You're Wearing Red (sung to If You're Happy and You Know It)
If you are wearing red shake your head.
If you are wearing red shake your head.
If you are wearing red then you should shake your head.
If you are wearing red shake your head.
Add for each color:
Yellow--wiggle like Jell-O
Pink--try to wink
Green bow like a queen or make a car noise like McQueen (from Cars movie!)
Black--touch your back
Orange--nothing rhymes so jump 2 times!
Purple--make your face look like a smurple (I know there's no such thing! Make up a face!!!)
Sensory activities do not have to happen ONLY in the sand and water/sensory table. For some of these preschool colors themed activities, especially with ice cubes, try adding small bins at a table for smaller groups of 1-2 children to take their time exploring!
Ice Cube Science
Add colored ice cubes to your sensory table and provide mittens to keep the hands warm!
EXTENSION: Give children salt shakers. Sprinkle on an ice cube and it will make another ice cube stick to it!
EXTENSION: Provide different shapes by freezing colored water in different shape containers and bowls as well as in ice cube trays.
A fun shape is to add colored water to water balloons and freeze. Peel the balloon off and place the ice in the table!!
When done, take them outside to toss and watch break!
More Ice Cube Fun
Make red, yellow and blue ice cubes (by adding food coloring to water, place in ice cube trays and freeze).
In ziplock baggies, place one red and one yellow cube in a baggie and seal. Place one red and one blue in a baggie and seal. Place one yellow and one blue in a baggie and seal.
Make several sets of these. Place them in your sensory table. As the cubes melt they create new colors. Give the children mittens to wear and help to melt the ice by holding the baggies!
Each day, put a different color of water in your table with cups, spoons and water wheels.
Color white rice by soaking in food colored alcohol. Let dry on paper towel overnight.
Use in your sensory table with spoons, measurers, water wheels and sifters!
Don't limit your science activities just to a "designated" science area! Some of these activities can be done as your art activity, math or at circle time during your preschool colors theme!
Coffee Filter Color Changes
Materials Needed: washable markers, coffee filters, spray bottles with water in them
The children color on the filters with marker.
They spray with water and the colors spread and mix!
NOTES: Have a tablecloth or butcher paper ready to put them on to dry (they dry quickly and the children will want to make a LOT of them!)
Prior to spraying, print the child's name on the filter with a ball point pen.
Preschool Colors Theme Rainbow Bottles 1!
I have this activity in my folder, but must admit that I've never tried it! If you do, please email me (use the contact me button on the left side of this page) and let me know how it worked!!! Thanks!
Materials needed: vegetable oil, water, alcohol, food coloring, 16 ounce clear plastic bottles, hot glue gun
Color each of the liquids a different color.
Pour them in the bottle in this order: oil, then water then alcohol.
Hot glue the covers onto the bottles.
When the children play with them, the colors will mix. When you let it stand, the liquids should all separate again!
Preschool Colors Theme Rainbow Bottles 2!
Again, I have not tried this one but would love to hear from someone who has!
Materials needed: candle wax coloring; baby oil, water, food coloring, 16 ounce clear plastic bottles.
A week in advance (it takes 5 or so days for this part to happen): chop or shave small amounts of the candle wax coloring into some baby oil.
Once it has melted, color some water using food coloring.
Pour the colored baby oil into the bottle (about 1/2 full).
Then almost fill the bottle with colored water (at different color than the baby oil).
Hot glue the covers on.
When shaken, the colors mix and then separate again when it sits for a while.
Preschool Colors Theme Scientists
Using clear paint cups, place colored water in each cup.
Provide the children with pipettes and an empty clear cup.
The children use the pipette to mix colors into their cup to make new ones.
VARIATION: Use white ice cube trays instead of cups.
In advance, put shaving cream, food coloring or paint in baggies (different colors in each bag). Make sure air is out of each bag and seal shut.
Place at science table. The children squish the baggies to turn the shaving cream into a color.
EXTENSION: Add 2 colors to each bag for the children to create new colors!
There are plastic color paddles that are so much fun to use! I believe I received mine with a book called Freight Train by Donald Crewe but you can purchase them in any teacher store.
They are primary colored plastic paddles. Allow the children to hold one in front of their eye and observe the room, their friends etc.
Have them place 2 different paddles together and look through them to make new colors!
Colored Celery Stalks
Materials needed: tall clear cups, water, celery stalks, food coloring.
Place a celery stalk into the water. Add a few drops of food coloring. Observe over 5-7 days. The leaves of the celery will turn color.
You can choose your color of the week or have several going at the same time.
We found that the celery with red food coloring actually wilted and the leaves died much quicker than other colors. Hmmmm, tells us a lot about the effects of red dye, eh?
Materials needed: white paper, magazines, scissors, glue sticks, markers or crayons.
Each day, have the children make a page for a color book.
They print their name on the page and then find, cut out and glue items that are the color of the day. They also draw items that they know of that are the color of the day (apple, cherry, etc.)
By the end of the week or theme, they will have a page for each color that you can staple together and have the author/illustrator create a cover for their book to bring home to show what they know about your preschool colors theme!
Materials needed: colored cellophane/plastic wrap (we used the kind that is used to wrap Easter baskets).
Place one color of cellophane on the window one day. Observe the view with the children and talk about the colors of the items outside now! The tree, the house across the street, etc.
The next day, add pieces of a second color. Observe and discuss what color it turned some of the window and how it affects the view now.
Continue each day as you add colors!