Colors and Early Learning

Whether you’re experimenting with color-mixing in science, completing patterns in math, or enjoying stories in reading, colors are an essential part of the school curriculum. Color recognition and color word recognition are skills that students will need to be successful in pre-school, kindergarten, and first grade.

Because colors play a pivotal role in the curriculum, it is important that some beginning school activities center around colors. For students who do not know all of the colors, this is their opportunity to learn them. Students who recognize some or all of the colors can experience early success in school, which will help shape their attitudes towards school and learning.

It’s easy to incorporate a color review in your classroom. Talk about colors as your students paint or color a picture. Sort buttons or beads by color. Play a name game based on the song Mary Wore Her Red Dress by substituting a student’s name, the corresponding color, and something that student is wearing. Put up the words to Mary Had a Little Lamb, then substitute a color word card for the word white. 

The ways to review and/or learn colors and color words are endless. For more ideas, check out our unit
  Color My World. Other materials available from Kindergarten Kiosk include Color Songs and Worksheets, Color Word Handwriting and Color Word - Word Wall, and Color Themed Emergent Guided Readers.

Color Mixing

Mixing colors is a great way to use science process skills. With just a little bit of food coloring and water, students can observe, experiment, draw conclusions, and record their findings. 

Mix the primary colors in jars, then pour a small amount of each in separate frosting or butter tubs. Provide test tubes (Oriental Trading) or clear plastic containers and eye droppers for color mixing. Students will repeat the experiment again and again and again!

For detailed instructions and a scripted lesson, check out our Spring unit (It’s a Spring Thing).