Room 122 Red Lesson Plan February/March: Colors

Topic: Colors


  • Red, yellow and blue are primary colors.

  • When primary colors are mixed together they create secondary colors.

  • Secondary colors are orange, purple and green.

  • If white is added to a color it gets lighter in shade. If black is added it becomes darker.

  • You can see colors all around us.

Provocations/ Materials to Explore

  • Color mixing bottles                                    color paddles

  • Magna builders                                                 Prisms

  • Color squish bags                                         Transparent colored manipulatives

  • Color tablets                                                 Colored ice cubes

  • Food coloring                                                


Group Experiences/Investigations(Integrated Content Areas)

  • Color Game: give each child a piece of colored construction paper. Give directions to stand up, sit down, turn around.  Have different colors do different things. (language, cognitive)

  • Read Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin.  Ask the children “What do you see?”  Use children’s responses to create their own version of the story. (language, literacy, creative)

  • Exploding colors experiment.  Put milk in a container.  Add drops of food coloring.  Dribble dish soap down the sides and watch the colors swirl. Have the children describe the colors they see. (language, cognitive)

  • Color flannel boards. (Donut shop, Little Mouse, etc.)  Allow children to take turns choosing colors and guessing the hiding places. (language)

  • Go on a color walk.  What colors do the children see around them? Record responses. (cognitive, literacy)

  • Read Little Blue, Little Yellow by Leo Lionni.  After reading the story, show the children how the colors mixed and formed new colors, using markers.  Can they remember what colors were formed? (cognitive)

  • Sing “Mary Wore Her Red Dress.”  Allow children to say an item of clothing and its color.  Make a book of the classes version of the song. (language, creative)

  • Color of the day.  Match the color the day with the children’s cubby tags.  If your cubby tag matches the color of the day you can pick the book or flannel board.

  • Color chromatography. Using paper towels and coffee filters see how colors separate into its color components.

Art Appreciation/Art:

  • Ice painting                                                 Markers

  • Add white and black to paints                           Glue + Salt + watercolors

  • Water colors                                                   Fingerpaint                  

  • Stain “Glass” tissue paper collage            corn syrup + food coloring


Sensory Exploration

  • Squish bags                                                                 goop and colors

  • Different color playdough                                          Pom balls

  • Water mixing                                                               rice with funnels and scoops