This FREE Color Recognition Activity Pack is created with little learners in mind. I adapted my larger pack for younger kids who might not be ready to tackle all of the color activities for preschool. This mini pack still features colorful pictures, fun activities, and multiple levels to make learning colors for toddlers and preschoolers interesting. The printable activities for kids include a matching game, double-sided flashcards, printable book, and fine motor color wheels!

We used the color recognition card games to talk about different colors, read a story and practice some new words. I tried to build on the color sorting activity that we did a couple weeks ago by talking about the colors with her, but she was much more interested in the actual objects.

– Life Over C's 4 Free color recognition activities for your preschoolers.

Recommended Grade Level:

Color Recognition Mini-Pack Supplies:

  • Printer/Ink
  • Laminating Supplies
  • Crayons
  • Paper Cutter
  • Hole Punch
  • Chenille Stems

Learning Colors Activities and Color Recognition Card Games

LEARNING COLORS GAMES AND ACTIVITIES

HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES ARE THE BEST WHEN WE’RE TRYING TO TEACH YOUNG KIDS ANYTHING. GAMES FOR KIDS ARE LOTS OF FUN SO IT DOESN’T GET BORING.

In this pack I included four color learning activities. The double-sided flashcards are super versatile and encourage oral language. I also made a set of cards to play a color matching game. The printable book promotes early reading skills when kids are ready, and the color matching wheel is awesome for fine motor development.

Children learn colors by recognizing and naming them in the environment. We often question toddlers, “What color is your shirt/toy/block?” Without even realizing, we are teaching colors and they are listening!

Learning games provide an interesting way to engage kids. Learning colors worksheets give kids early experiences with writing and coloring on paper, but color recognition worksheets for preschool should never be the only way we teach and explore.

I love the color recognition printable activities because you can differentiate them for different learners. Kids that are just learning colors will stick to the basics, while kids comfortable naming most colors can branch out and start to compare/contrast/find colors around them.

In addition to the color pack activities and printables, you can encourage thought and conversation before/during/after the activities:

  • What is your favorite color? Why?
  • Do you have a blue/red/green toy?
  • What colors do you see in the back yard?
  • What happens when colors mix together?
– Life Over C's 4 Free color recognition activities for your preschoolers.

Preschool Color Recognition Worksheets, Activities, & Games

COLOR ACTIVITIES FOR PRESCHOOL

COLOR RECOGNTION PRINTABLES ARE GREAT WAYS TO PROVIDE VARIED LEARNING FOR COLORS. KIDS WANT EDUCATIONAL GAMES, COLOR LEARNING TOYS, AND ACTIVITIES THAT DON’T FEEL LIKE LEARNING AT ALL.

**This packet is created for color recognition and as such most of the pages require color printing. To make the most of your ink, I strongly advise laminating the materials so that they can be used by many children for many years.

– Life Over C's color recognition activities

Why Is It Important For Kids To Learn Colors?

Children are naturally curious about everything around them. Educational games about colors and shapes help children to describe and understand the world a little bit better.

Building Vocabulary: Color vocabulary is important! Most toddlers start by learning one color and then refer to everything as that color! It takes time and experience to learn that each color has its own name.

Describing Words: Think of how many times we use color to describe something. When there are two of the same object, but different colors, it makes a world of difference!

Connect with Nature: Identifying colors in pictures and then transferring the knowledge to things that are in the real world helps kids make important connections with the world, nature, and their lives.

Compare/Contrast: Learning color characteristics helps kids sort, compare and contrast with ease. Those are important skills for both reading and math instruction moving forward.

How to Make The Color Recognition Activities

Double-Sided Flashcards:

Here’s a picture to show how to put them together. There are three cards on each page. Cut in between the different colors on the dark lines. Then fold in half back-to-back. You can either glue them or laminate them at this point.

They can be used to name the colors. Or read the color words and check the answer by looking at the picture on the other side. Or hide them in the sensory bin, or around the room…get creative!

Memory Match Game:

This requires the child to match the color word to the correct picture.

Emergent Reader:

There is also an emergent reader included in both color and black & white. At the kindergarten level the book is excellent for giving practice with sight words and color words due to the repetition.

Color Matching Wheels:

This is a picture back from when Jaida used the pack, I punched holes all around the circle and she used color-coordinated pipe cleaners to indicate the matching colors.

A great activity for building fine motor skills and color recognition.

More Ways to Learn about Colors

Sensory Bin

Fill the sensory bin with black and white pom poms, then hide the color matching pieces inside. Kids will have fun pulling them out and matching or sorting them.

Have a Snack

Pick a color of the day and make a themed snack. Red could include strawberries, red O cereal, red gelatin, or red apples and fruit snacks.

Oral Language

Picture cards are a great place to begin working on oral language. Repurpose the flash cards to practice making complete sentences, like, “The brown dog is soft.”

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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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  1. The alphabet pasta and rice sensory bin was a great idea, my two grandsons love it, they like to scoop and find letters but they also like to tip the whole lot into a tray and then start mark making, keeps them occupied for ages which I’ve never had before

  2. Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop and sharing your fun printable with all of us! Have a wonderful weekend and I hope to see you on Monday again!