Learning colors is an important milestone in any child’s life. Some kids learn them while they are practically still in their cribs, while others, like my preschooler, take a little longer to learn their colors. This paint chip color scavenger hunt is a fun way to teach kids of almost any age their colors. After this activity, my preschooler was able to correctly identify all the colors of the rainbow. As a bonus, it gets kids moving outdoors, too!

Toddlers and preschoolers will love searching for colors outside in the paint chip color scavenger hunt! Such a fun way to learn colors!

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Materials for the Color Scavenger Hunt:

  • Paint Chips
Toddlers and preschoolers will love searching for colors outside in the paint chip color scavenger hunt! Such a fun way to learn colors!

This activity is just about the simplest you can imagine, but my preschooler LOVED it. She spent almost an hour with me hunting for colors outside. Any toddlers and preschoolers still learning their colors will have a lot of fun with this simple outdoor activity. As a bonus, it encourages kids to spend more time in nature and take the time to notice the world around them.

Toddlers and preschoolers will love searching for colors outside in the paint chip color scavenger hunt! Such a fun way to learn colors!

Cut apart the colors before starting. I gave the entire rainbow to my preschooler. One set of colors per child doing this activity will help prevent any fighting over who gets to hold the paint chips.

Give a card to your preschooler, then have them hunt for plants that match that color.

Toddlers and preschoolers will love searching for colors outside in the paint chip color scavenger hunt! Such a fun way to learn colors!

Green was easy to find.

We also found red, yellow, and orange pretty quickly.

Toddlers and preschoolers will love searching for colors outside in the paint chip color scavenger hunt! Such a fun way to learn colors!

But the hard one to find was blue. We could not find any blue things in nature as hard as we tried. There were no blue flowers in our yard at the time, and we couldn’t see much else blue outside either (other than the sky), but finally, after much hunting, we found an old blue eraser half-buried under a flower bed.

Toddlers and preschoolers will love searching for colors outside in the paint chip color scavenger hunt! Such a fun way to learn colors!

It was so much fun to see how excited my preschooler was when she finally had collected specimens for the entire rainbow.

We now have interactive thematic lesson plans for preschoolers (3-5 years)! Get ready for fun and learning with unit lesson plans for your Color theme. Explore a variety of themed hands-on activities! Easy to follow lesson plans include activity modifications and adaptations to meet the needs of all learners. For more information, click on the graphics below:

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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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