Activity Plan: Classifying Colors
Exploring the environment becomes a colorful experience with this creative activity.
- Grades: PreK–K
- book about colors, such as My Colors/Mis Colores by Rebecca Emberley or Who Said Red? by Mary Serfozo
- red, yellow, blue, and green construction paper
- red, yellow, blue, and green markers
- chart paper
- magazines and catalogs for cutting
Objective: Children will develop color awareness and math, observation, and language skills as they classify objects in their environment by color.
- Read children a book about colors. Engage them in a discussion about colors. What is their favorite color? What colors are they wearing? What colors do they see around the room?
- Explain to children that they will work in small groups to identify how many things in the classroom are a particular color. Explain that each group will explore two colors over the next two days. Ask children to predict which color will have the most items. Will they find more red, yellow, green, or blue things in the classroom? Record their predictions.
- Divide children into two groups, each led by an adult. Provide each group with construction paper in the color that they will search for. On the first day, one group will identify things that are blue and the other group will identify things that are red. The next day, one group will focus on yellow things and the other group will find things that are green.
- As children find items that match their colors, they can collect them (if the items are small) or they or the adult can record the items on paper. If children are recording the items, they can use drawing or invented spelling. Children can present their items and lists to the entire class.
- Repeat the activity the following day to find things that are yellow and green.
- Review the list with children. Help each group count the number of things found in each color category and record it on the chart paper. Compare their findings with their original predictions.
Curriculum Connection: SCIENCE
Color Mixing With Paper. Provide children with pieces of colored cellophane paper, tissue paper, construction paper, and glue sticks. Show them how to layer cellophane and tissue over the construction paper to make different colors, then invite them to try it. Encourage children to work together. Which papers do not create a different color when layered?
Cat's Colors by Jane Cabrera
Is It Red? Is It Yellow? Is It Blue? by Tana Hoban
My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss