Imagine a world without colors! Colors play a vital role in our life. Colors reflect the emotions and feelings of people. Colors can also make people happy or sad. Different things in nature have unique and distinct colors. It is important to introduce different colors to preschool children. Children should also be taught about the things in nature that are of those colors.
All colors cannot be introduced in one go, that is why it is important to introduce colors to children one color at a time and over a period of time. Teachers should decide which colors they want to introduce in their class and should decide a theme to introduce them.
In this post, I’m sharing ways to introduce some colors to your preschoolers. A day before the teacher wants to introduce the color, she should tell the children that she has a surprise for children the next day. The element of surprise always intrigues children.
Before the children come to school, create a village scene in the corner of the classroom on a styrofoam sheet. Keep some polar bears. Some cotton for snow, a snowman, a few doves, a suspended moon and some sheep.
The next day the teacher should dress up as a magician. She starts telling them the story of a magician who was passing by a village. The villagers were very kind and gave the magician a glass of milk. The teacher shows the children the glass of milk and says milk is white in color. The villagers were sad as everything in their village was white. Show the children each object that is white color. For example, white snow, white sheep, white doves, white snowman, white polar bear and white moon. The magician decides to help the villagers because they were very kind.
As an activity, the children can make a crescent moon with cotton stuffing.
When the teacher wants to introduce the next color, she reminds the children about the magician and recaps the previously done color. She tells them that the magician is going to come the next day to help the villagers again.
The teacher arranges grass, trees, lettuce, frogs, and green peas, on the same styrofoam sheet which had white color objects.
The next day teacher who is once again dressed as a magician waves the wand and tells the children that the magician added green color to bring happiness to the villagers. The teacher points at all the green things, peas, cabbage, etc. each time specifying that these things are always green in color.
As an activity, the children can do leaf printing.
The next color should follow the same pattern. Children like uniformity. When the teacher informs her class that the magician has asked the villagers to assemble in the main area of the village, the children understand that they are going to learn about a new color and about some new things. On the pre-arranged styrofoam sheet, the teacher adds roses, strawberries, cherries, tomatoes, beetroot, and red bell peppers.
The teacher tells her class that the magician teaches the villagers farming. The villagers learn to grow vibrant red color fruits and vegetables like cherries, strawberries, and tomatoes. They plant beautiful roses. The entire village is filled with the aroma of the flower.
As an activity, children can use the juice of beetroots as a natural dye for coloring.
The next color that the children are introduced to is blue. The teacher adds bluebirds, blueberries, the bright blue sky, and Uranus the blue planet.
The children are shown each object and emphasis is laid that it is blue in color. These things are always blue and are not found in nature in any other color.
Children are given a toy telescope to role play as astronauts and observe the planet Uranus.
When the teacher decides to introduce the color yellow, she tells her class that the magician decides to give a treat to the villager the next day. The teacher arranges a tray of yellow things. For example, banana, lemon, egg yolk, and corn. The teacher also adds some sunflowers to the styrofoam board and a few canary birds. A sun is put up in the classroom too.
The children are shown the objects and it is explained that these objects are always yellow.
As an activity, the children can be given a banana and ask them to peel it. Give the children a fork to mash the banana before eating it. Peeling and mashing are activities for improving their small motor skills.
It is important the teacher recaps the previous colors before introducing the next color. The task becomes simpler as the teacher uses the same teaching aid and keeps adding to it as she keeps introducing the next color.
To teach orange color the teacher decides on the objects. For example, orangutan, orange, clownfish (Nemo), and carrot. A small bowl of water is laid out for the pond in the village.
As an activity, the teacher can ask the children to place the orange objects in the appropriate place on the styrofoam sheet. For example, the orangutan on the trees. The oranges on the trees, the fish in the water, and the carrot in the fields.
The teacher can end the story by saying the villagers were very happy as their village looked bright and colorful. They thanked the magician for adding so many beautiful colors and for teaching them to grow fruits, vegetables, and flowers.
Depending on the age of the children the teacher can decide how many colors to introduce in the class. When teaching colors teachers can ask parents to dress the children in the color that is going to be introduced in the classroom. Teachers can even divide colors into primary and secondary colors. Shades and tints can be taught. It is important to teach children about things that are naturally present in that color.
Teaching preschool children about colors exposes them to a variety of objects present in nature. It makes them aware of the things around them. It makes them observant of their surroundings. A colorful and vibrant surrounding makes everyone happy and cheerful.