10 Interesting Colour Activities for Preschoolers

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Preschooler playing with colourful blocks

Children are curious and keen observers. During their developmental years, they can absorb information like a sponge and have an abundance of energy to participate in various activities that can keep them on their toes.

Before you prepare them for school, you can engage them in a range of activities to help them develop their cognitive abilities. Colouring activities are plenty and they give them an opportunity to grow into intuitive pre-schoolers.

Fun Activities for Teaching Colours to Kindergarten Kids

Here are the top 10 colouring activities that you can get them to indulge in:

1. Colour Scavenger Hunt

Send your kid on a hunt around the house for colourful objects that they can match

What You Need

  • Colourful objects around the house
  • A sheet with names of different colours

How To Do It

Give your child the sheet and tell him/her to go scavenging around the house and match the items to the colours on the sheet.

Skills Developed

Colour association and confidence.

2. Sort Fruit Loops By Colour

For the first time, your kid will love the fact that he/she can play with his food.

What You Need

  • A small bowl of fruit loops
  • A printed colour code sheet

How To Do It

Place the colour matching sheet along with a bowl of fruit loops and tell your child to match the colour of the fruit loop by placing it on the colour in the sheet. Before starting this do one yourself and show which are the colour names for each of the loops.

Skills Developed

Cognition and accurate identification of objections

Colourful Fruit Loops

3. Spray Paint Colours

An exciting activity for your kid to do with his friends and make a game out of it.

What You Need

  • A spray paint
  • Old water bottle
  • A blank large canvas/ drawing sheet

How To Do It

Gather your kid and his friends and prepare a concoction by mixing water in a bottle with spray paint. Let them create art with their hands and feet on the canvas.

Skills Developed

Creativity

4. Sort Buttons

Do you have too many old buttons just lying around? Use this game to keep your kids entertained.

What You Need

A small box of colourful buttons

How To Do It

Get your kids to find buttons of matching colours and put them in different heaps based on the colour.

Skills Developed

This sorting activity helps in visual cognition.

Colourful Buttons

5. Colourful Egg Cartons

Let your child have some fun with colourful egg cartons.

What You Need

  • Empty colourful egg cartons
  • Colourful beads

How To Do It

Place the colourful egg cartons and ask your child to match the beads with the colours in the egg carton.

Skills Developed

Visual Cognition.

6. Colourful Play Dough

Bring out your child’s inner artist by giving them play dough.

What You Need

  • A box of colourful play dough

How To Do It

Get your kid to make many sculptures or have fun with different shapes with play dough.

Skills Developed

Creativity and hand-eye coordination.

Colourful Play Dough

7. Changing Colours

Teach your kids how to mix colours to get other colours with just water.

What You Need

  • Colours in a zip lock bag
  • Water

How To Do It

Get your pre-schooler to mix colours in a stress-free and mess-free way by giving him a ziplock bag and asking him to mix colour after colour with water.

Skills Developed

Visual cognition

8. Multi-Sensory Baths

Make bath time fun with colourful toys and colourful water.

What You Need

  • A tub
  • Essential oils (lavender is a good option)
  • Food colouring
  • Colourful toys

How To Do It

Help your kid prepare his or her bath using organic colours and essential oils. A simple one would be to mix green food colouring with eucalyptus oil.

Skills Developed

Awareness of touch

Colourful Bath Toys

9. Coloured Ice Boats

A fun way of making boats that end up being quite colourful

What You Need

  • Food colouring
  • Ice tray
  • plastic sheet
  • straw

How To Do It

Add food colouring in the water that is put into an ice tray to make them colourful. Wrap the ice tray in a thin plastic sheet. Prick small holes in them and insert the straws on top of each ice cube. Once the ice is frozen, place these little “boats” in water and watch the colours mix!

Skills Developed

Creativity

10. Pom-Pom Colour Sorting

Help your kid identify colours and numbers at the same time

What You Need

  • Empty bottles with numbers and colour code on them
  • Colourful pom poms

How To Do It

Give your child a bowl full of pom poms and get them to match the colour of the poms with the colour on the bottle

Skills Developed

Colour identification

Colourful Pom Poms

Other Tips to make Pre-schoolers Learn about Colours

  1. Start by introducing simple colours like yellow, red, orange by pointing to vegetables and fruits with the corresponding colour. The main Red, Blue, Yellow, Black should suffice.
  2. Get kids to draw different things and use crayons to help them fill in the colour. Then identify each of the colours filled.
  3. Start associating different things with colours. For example, if you are teaching about black and white, you can also teach about cows.
  4. Have patience and ensure there is repetition.

Whatever you do, make sure your kid has fun and you can satisfy his enthusiasm for learning and imagination. These activities will also help you bond with your kid.

Also Read: Thumb and Finger Painting Ideas for Children

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