Exploring Colors

Color Flags

I made these flags from sheets of felt, cut in half, and hot-glued them to dowel rods. We use them with color songs, such as “Colors All Around” and “A Rainbow of Colors”.

Color Flags for Music

Gummy Bear Song (by Dr. Jean)

A fun song for teaching colors: read the post at this link and get the printable: Gummy Bear Song

I See Colors Book

Make a layered book by folding it where each page is a little longer than the one before. Each page has a different color with the words “I see red” or “I see yellow”. Children draw pictures (with matching color crayon) on each page, or cut out pictures from magazines to glue in the book.

I See Colors book


Make a graph of children’s favorite colors. Each child chooses one Unifix cube of their favorite color. Stack each color to make an object graph.

colors graph

Color Mixing with Water

Children experiment with mixing colored water. Use the primary colors (red, blue, yellow) to make new colors. Red, blue and yellow food color is added to water in a clear cup. Children use eyedroppers to get the colored water they want and mix the colors in a paint tray. We use plastic paint trays with 6 mini bowls. Children can dump their water into a bucket once they have filled the 6 bowls and start again. They can put drops of the colors they make on a paper towel, so that it can be saved.

color mixing

Color Mixing with Paint

The children are given a mixing tray, paintbrushes, and cups of paint with red, yellow, blue, white, and black. The clear mixing trays in the photo were leftover packaging from Easter eggs, but anything can be used. The red, yellow, and blue paint are the primary colors used for mixing secondary colors (green, purple, orange). The white is for making tints and the black is for making shades of color. The children freely experiment, mixing any colors they chose.

mixing paint

Colored Snack Spread

Children mix food coloring in white icing or soft cream cheese, spread the icing on graham crackers or a bagel half, and add a topping (sprinkles or semi sweet chocolate chips).

mixing colored icing

Color Collages

Have children search through magazines for red pictures, and glue them onto red construction paper. Do the same with each color and use these as posters for the classroom.
Another Idea: Cut fabric of different patterns and colors into 1-inch squares, and give children different colors of construction paper cut in half. Make sure to have several patterns of each color fabric (ginghams, stripes, florals, plaids, polka dots). Children glue the pieces of fabric onto the matching color of construction paper (blue fabric on blue paper, yellow fabric on yellow paper, etc.) These can be made into a book or quilt.

color collage

Color Sorting Cups

Label clear punch cups with color names. Children sort a collection of small objects into the cups by color. Examples: crayons, small blocks, silk flowers, counting bears, ribbons, cloth pieces, colored rocks, leaves.

Color Bottles

Make color discovery bottles by putting colored water in a plastic sealed test tube or a drink bottle. Soap or oil can be added to the bottle for “special effects”. Color bottles also make an interesting decoration if placed on a windowsill or shelf.

Color Search

Tell the children a color they are to find, and have them search around the classroom for one thing of that color. Everyone comes back to the circle, and the children share what they found.


A list of color books for Pre-K children: Books


More Resources

These packets for teaching Colors are available in my shop.

Color Emergent Readers What Doesn't Belong: Colors Color Posters Owl Color Posters


  1. Maryemmanuel says

    There are so many good teachable ideas for prekindergarten; unfortunately I am a kindergarten teacher. If you have other ideas of teaching a high quality lessons to the kindergarten ears please do share with me.

    • says

      Hi Mary, This is a Pre-K website. I write specifically for that grade level & age group. There are numerous Kindergarten websites out there. I’m sure you can find them by searching Google or Pinterest for “Kindergarten blogs”.

      • Emma says

        So, right now I’m babysitting my cousin for 1 month and he’s starting pre k soon he’s a little behind and this is helpful cause he struggles in thing that seen really easy like colors alphabet and easy vocab, I defiantly want to be a pre school teacher since spending so much time with him (By the way I’m 11)

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