Introduce Color

Begin exploring the colors around us.

Materials

  • chart paper with heading “Colors Around Us”
  • colored markers

Key Science Concepts

  • There are many different colors.

Vocabulary

During conversation, introduce the names of colors and science process words such as describe, compare, and match. 

Directions

Tell children that you’ll be exploring different colors and sharing the discoveries they make.

1. Have children name the different colors they are wearing. Ask:

  • How many children are wearing blue today (even just a little bit)?  
  • How would you describe the blue Carlos is wearing?
  • Can you think of a name for that blue?

Do all the children agree that an item is blue, or do some of them say it’s green?

(There will probably be some debate! If not, you can introduce the idea that not everyone sees color the same way.)

2. Next, display an assortment of crayons and have children name the colors they see. Invite them to compare the colors to items in the room, like the rug or a bulletin board. 

Reflect and Share

Create a chart with the heading “Colors Around Us.” Make a T-chart with one column for objects and the other for the corresponding colors.

  • What colors do we see around us?
  • Which of the rooms seems to have lots of color?
  • What about lots of green?
  • Write the children’s responses on the chart, and return to it when you do other color activities.