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Color Circles

CrayonA good activity for young kids.  Get some pieces of A3 paper and draw a large circle on each one.  Pin the circles on different walls in the classroom.  Model the activity: Say "Blue", take a blue crayon, walk over to one circle and color a small part of the circle.  Do this for each color you plan to teach.  Then, say a color ("Blue") to a S and s/he should pick up the blue crayon and go over to the circle you colored in blue.  Let him/her color it a little and then call him/her back.  Continue with other Ss.

Color Game

MarchThis is a good one for teaching the names of colors to young children. Arrange various colors of construction paper in a circle. Play some music and have the children march around the circle. Stop the music and all the children must sit down next to a color. Pick a color and sing (to the tune of "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"): "Who's beside the color (insert name of color)? Please stand up, if it's you." At that point, the child next to the color mentioned stands up. Continue until all of the children get a turn. (submitted by Josie Weisner).

I Spy Color

I SpyInstead of using letters, the T says "I spy with my little eye something that is red".  Ss try to guess the object in the room (e.g. "a pencil").

Lesson Plan for Colors

ESL Kids Lesson PlansWe also have a FREE lesson plan on colors which includes games and activities as well as other lesson materials.

Click here to download our Colors Lesson Plan.

Origami Colors

Origami paperThis is good for very young ones and lots of things you can do:

  • Give each S 2 pieces of different colored paper (origami paper is ideal for this).  T calls a color (e.g. "Blue") and the Ss with that color hold it up.  (submitted by Jo Ruoss).
  • Give each S a different colored paper (or even 2 colors). T calls a color and an action (e.g. "Blue - Jump!"). Other actions can be stand up, spin around, run on the spot, sit down, hop, wiggle, star jump, etc.
  • Place different colors around the room. T calls out colors and Ss go and touch or retreive the origami papers.
  • Give each S a color and make sure at least 2 Ss have the same color. T says "Blues, high 5!" and the kids with blue paper have to find each other and High 5.
  • Make a line of papers with the Rainbow Song - as the song is played Ss put the papers in the same order as the song. Or, the T puts the papers in the correct order and the Ss touch each paper as the song is sung.

Rainbow Song

Rainbow SongThere are a few things you can do with this the Rainbow SongVariation 1. Lay out colored paper in front of your students in the order in the song, and get them to touch each color as the song is played.  Variation 2. Lay out colored paper in a random order and get the Ss to arrange them in the order of the song.  Variation 3.  Have the Ss lay out their coloring pencils in the order of the song.  "Red and yellow and pink and green, purple and orange and blue.  I can sing a rainbow, sing a rainbow, sing a rainbow too".

The Rainbow Song is available for download on our songs page.


TouchHave Ss run around the classroom touching things in the color that the T shouts out (e.g. "Touch something green").


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