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Arts & Crafts

Color Books

Make books with children. Do a theme " Going On A Lion Hunt". Make lions out of each color on the copy machine. Hang them up on the walls of daycare. Go hunting each day for different colors. Put them in a book titled "Hunting for Colors". Each page can have a colored lion and read "I found a ____ lion." The children can either trace or copy the words, depending on their ability. (Hunt for numbers, letters, and shapes all having the lion theme.)

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Colored Noodles

2lb Noddles (wheels, long tubes) anything that you can string.
3 bottles Alcohol
Food Coloring

Place noodles in a large container so that there is room for the alcohol. Add the alcohol and food coloring. Make sure all noodles are covered and let stand as long as you wish the longer the noodles are in the solution the brighter the colors are. You can use half a bag for one color and etc. Place noodles on paper towels to dry, it takes a few hours.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

My Book of Colors

Ahead of time punch holes in pages - 4 or more per child, cut out a number of colored pictures, make a title page for each child with their name printed on it. Children do one color page at a time using crayons, markers, construction paper, and glue.

Kool Aid Art

Sprinkle a little dry kool-aid mix onto a piece of paper. Have your child spray water from a spray bottle onto the paper. Use different colored kool-aid mix.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

In The Kitchen

Rainbow Cake

1 white cake mix
food coloring
Mix the cake according to the directions on the box. Pour batter into a 9x13 pan. Drop red, yellow and blue food over the top of the cake. Take a plastic knife and swirl the colors the length of the cake. Try not to mix the colors much. Bake according to the directions on the box.

Theme Ideas

Color Sticks

Turn a shoebox upside down and cut two parallel rows of slits in the top. Draw colored dots on the ends of one set of tongue depressors and matching colored dots on the ends of another set. Insert one set of sticks in one of the rows of slits. Then let the children insert the matching colored stick from the second set in the appropriate slots in the other row.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Colored Ice Cubes

Ahead of time, you will need to freeze blocks of ice in several colors by adding food coloring. Place all colors in the sensory table.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Prism Fun

You can find a prism at many science stores or teachers store. Show your child the prism, and how to see all the colors of a rainbow in the prism.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Crayon Pass

Take red, blue, yellow, green, and purple crayons and give them to five children who are in a circle. Play music as children pass the crayons. When the music stops, ask the children holding the crayons what colors they have. Continue until all children have had a turn.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Color Changes

This is a terrific visual experience of color changes. Make red, yellow and blue ice cubes using food coloring and water. Place one red and yellow in a ziplock baggie, one red and blue in a ziplock baggie, and yellow and blue, and just for fun one of each color in one bag. Place them in the science area, as the colored ice cubes melt they create new colors. Have the children keep going back to check on the process!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Matching Colors

I strung a rope (THIN) across my wall and attached both ends on a nail. I painted about 8 spring type wooden clothespins the primary colors and secondary colors that we have been working on. I made some assorted socks and dresses and pants and hats from corresponding Felts to match the colors. The children have to hang them up on my clothesline with the matching colors. This is a good learning center for the tiny ones 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 yrs. old.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Color Familiarization

To help the children become familiar with colors make a red poster board rectangular house shape with a triangle roof. Cut out the center of the rectangle part leaving about a one-inch border. Have ready a sheet of construction paper in red, orange, blue, yellow, brown, purple, pink, white and green (8" x 11"). As you sing the following song, change the color of the construction paper behind the cut-out section.

Little red house, painted orange
Little red house, painted orange
Little red house, painted orange
Skip to my Lou, my darling.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Color Game

Cut colored construction paper in half--to give each child a half--making sure each will have a partner to match. Go around in a circle singing this song:

Colors, colors all around See them here and there When the singing finally stops Find a friend to share

As they are going around the circle you could have them either hold the color behind their back or show it as they're walking. At the end of the song, they find the color that would match theirs. Extend this activity by then having the friends that match talk about things that are that color, find something in the room that is that color, etc.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Hunting For Colors

Have parents and friends help you collect labels from food cans. Sort the labels and put those that feature colors the children have learned into a grocery bag. You will neat at least one label for each child. Save for later any labels featuring unfamiliar colors. Make a chart listing several colors that your group has studied. Use a corresponding colored marker to write each color name. Show your children the tally chart. Tell them that they will be looking for colors on the chart. Have each child reach into the grocery bag and remove one label. Let the children study their labels and then in turn show the colors he or she has found. Record the colors on the tally chart and compare the results. Which color was found most often? Which color was found at least? Can the children think of colors that were not found at all?

Light Up The Colors

Provide a flashlight for each child in your group. Dim the lights in the room. Have each child, in turn, name a color. For younger children, hold up an object and name the color. When your children hear a color name, have them shine their flashlights at anything in the room that is that color.

Hint: Encourage the children to shine their lights on something that no one else has found. This discourages copying the person who first found something of the named color.

Color Squeeze

1 medium ziplock bag
Shaving cream (white)
Food coloring
Squirt white shaving cream inside the ziplock bag, add a few drops of food coloring, and close the bag, making sure that all the air is out. This gives your child the opportunity to explore mixing colors (red and yellow makes orange, etc.) -- and there's no mess to clean up afterward! Or clip a corner & finger paint with it.

Colored Feather Game

Cut feather shapes out of selected colors of construction paper and place them in a paper bag. Have the children sit in a circle. let one child at a time reach in the bag and take out a feather. Explain that in order to keep the colored feather, the child must name something that is a matching color (a red apple, a yellow banana, my blue shirt, etc.). Continue the game as long as desired, making sure that everyone ends up with the same amount of feathers.

Teddy Bear Race

Make a game board by drawing three lengthwise lines on a piece of poster board to form four lanes. Select four teddy bear counters (each a different color). Stick eight circle stickers in colors to match the bear counters in each lane. Write 'Start' at the bottom of the board and 'Finish' at the top. Put each bear on the starting circle of its lane. Select four more bears that match those on the game board. Put these bears in a drawstring bag. Have your children take turns selecting a bear from the bag, showing it to the group, and naming its color. The child then moves the corresponding bear on the game board ahead by one space and returns the other bear to the bag. Play continues until one bear wins the race.

Rainbow House

Cut a large shape from felt to put on the flannel board. Also cut short strips from felt in a variety of colors. Tell your children a story about a large family who wanted to paint their house and couldn't choose a color because they liked all the colors. Explain that each family member painted a part of the house their own favorite color. As you mention each color, invite a child to place a felt strip of that color on the house. End the story by explaining that the family called their home the 'Rainbow House' because it was so many beautiful colors.

Color magic

Pour milk into a shallow glass dish. Drop 4-5 drops of red food coloring into the milk. Drop 4-5 drops of yellow near but, not on the red. You now have a red area and a yellow area. Drop 2-3 drops of clear dishwashing liquid between the two areas. Watch the action! Voila... orange! Try this with yellow/blue and red/blue, too!

Cups of Color

Fill all of the cups in the muffin tin with water. Place, red, yellow, blue, food coloring in each cup of water. Children use eye droppers to transfer colored water to other cups, thus creating different colors.

I Spy

Have your children glance around the room as you call attention to different colored objects. Then play a guessing game. Call out, 'I Spy with my little eye something purple.' Let the children guess what the object is. When a child guesses correctly, let him or she think of an object for the group to guess.

I Spy

Choose one child to be "it". Invite that child to select any item in the classroom, and say, "I spy something red (or whatever color you choose)." The first child to guess the item correctly is invited to be "it" the next time.


Look around the classroom for objects that may be sorted by colors, such as colored blocks, buttons, and jar lids. Provide the children with as many sorting-by-color tasks as possible.

M&Ms and Whipped Cream

Put M&Ms on a paper plate & put whipped cream on top and have the children put their hands behind their back and eat the whipped cream down to the M&Ms & tell what the colors were before they get to eat them, this was a huge hit and they still talk about the day they had whipped cream all over their faces.


Directions to make lollipops... Cut three-inch circles from construction paper (red, blue, green, yellow, orange, and purple.) Make three of each color. Glue craft sticks to each colored circle to make a lollipop. Have the children sit in a circle. One child is "it" and skips around the circle holding the lollipops in a coffee can while the other children chant:

(Skip To My Lou)
Lollipops, lollipops, yum, yum, yum.
Lollipops, lollipops, yum, yum, yum.
Lollipops, lollipops, yum, yum, yum.
Please come over and give me some.

It stops in front of a child who closes their eyes and picks out a lollipop. If the child guesses the correct color then they may take a turn being "it."


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