Is learning colors top on your list or do you have a little learner who loves to explore colors? Here are some simple and fun ways to learn colors and color mixing through play. I like to do a lot of learning by doing activities. Hands-on play is wonderful for small children. Many of these color mixing activities include additional skills like math, fine motor, and practical life skills.
Learning Colors Through Play
Fun Ways to Learn Colors
1. Colors & Numbers Game
I simply filled a party store serving tray with colored items from our stash of this and that. I used a grid sheet from our worksheets stash as well as two dice. One had numbers 1-6 and one had colors!
We played it like a game taking turns filling our grid and counting along the way. How many do you have left to fill? How many have you filled? This can easily be played with one person or by a few!
2. Learn Colors With Paint Chips
Hooray for the local hardware store! I love these paint chip cards for learning colors. I simply picked out a red, yellow, orange, green, blue, and purple card and filled a bag with all sorts of colored objects.
I tried to find objects that represented the different shades of the colors too or even ones he had to pick out the predominant color.
3. Color Mixing With Playdough
I thought we would give our hand muscles a bit of workout and mix our own colors to play with. First I made a big batch of play dough and then we used food coloring to make the primary colors.
Once we made the primary colors, we mixed chunks of each together to make the secondary colors.
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4. Paint Stick Color Match with Clothespins
Again, we used the local hardware store for this one and picked up a paint stick on our way out! I simply measured and colored with our markers and then colored the clothespins with the same colors. Another great busy bag idea.
5. Colored Rice Sensory Play
You will love colored rice. Kids can totally help with most of the shaking and color suggesting. Once it’s dry, separate it into containers and let them build their own rainbow rice sensory bin. Give them bowls, scoops, and gems to make their own creation.
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6. Color Mixing with Water & Eyedroppers
Color mixing, fine motor skills, and water. We love this one! I set out 6 little dollar store bowls on a cookie sheet and he helped me fill them with water.
He also helped add coloring to make the initial primary colors we needed, red, yellow, and blue. Then with his eyedropper, he mixed the secondary colors, orange, green, and purple by carefully dropping in the right colors to mix!
Make your own rainbow in a bag. Just a few simple paint supplies and then time for playful and colorful rainbow art for preschool and elementary kids!
Paint a color wheel with homemade skittles paint and learn about how colors are organized into a color wheel.
Use our printable color mixing chart to teach kids about primary colors and secondary colors. Practice color mixing with watercolors, and with a rainbow art activity.
10. Color Matching
Grab a bag of plastic eggs and a bag of pompoms and set up a simple color matching activity!
FUN COLOR ACTIVITIES FOR PRESCHOOLERS
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