I have always been fascinated with narwhals as they really look like mystical creatures. The book series written by Ben Clanton about Jelly and Narwhal tells stories of two best friends and their adventures in the ocean. I know many preschool and kindergarten classes that have enjoyed these two unlikely friends, a jellyfish and a cute narwhal. We have another exciting free game for preschoolers that will help them recognize colors and celebrate this special swimming friend.

– Life Over C's Cute narwhal color game for preschoolers.

Recommended Grade Level:

Rainbow Narwhal Color Board Game Supplies:

  • Paper
  • Laminating Supplies
  • Scissors
  • Game Markers (we used pom-poms)

Learning About Colors with Preschoolers:

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ASKING STUDENTS TO IDENTIFY COLORS IS AN IMPORTANT STEP IN USING OBSERVATIONAL SKILLS. STUDENTS CAN ANSWER QUESTIONS LIKE:

What objects or pictures around the room have the color red on them? What color is your shirt? Are all shades of blue the same?

Learning about colors helps children develop visual perception and use observational words to describe something.

Colors can easily be taught in English and a child’s home language.

The colored narwhals included in this board game include blue, orange, pink, green, and yellow.

Have children play this game as a small group or with another child or adult. This could be the perfect board game to add to the science or art center.

In addition to learning about color activities for preschool here are additional ideas to teach about using the Rainbow Color Narwhal Board Game:

  • Where do narwhals live?
  • What do narwhals eat?
  • What color do you get when you mix yellow and blue?
  • What other type of animals/bugs have a tusk similar to a narwhal?
– Life Over C's Narwhal board game and rainbow narwhal cards.

What Can Preschoolers Learn About Colors?

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ASKING STUDENTS TO RECOGNIZE COLORS CAN HELP STUDENTS WITH ADDITIONAL IMPORTANT LIFE SKILLS:
  • Identify the red hue of a stoplight or stop sign.
  • Gain better understanding of same and different.
  • Develop vocabulary and descriptive words.
  • Sort and match objects by characteristics.
– Life Over C's Narwhal color game board and narwhal color cards.

Why Is It Important For Kids To Participate In Games?

Besides the fact that kids love playing games, there are so many other reasons you should give your child opportunities to play.

Supplying Social Skills

Playing a board game with a friend, or group of friends, gives children the opportunity to practice important social skills. These can include communication, patience, and resilience.

Counting Challenge

Many board games involve some form of math, primarily counting skills. Children will have to count in order to move a certain number of spaces. Addition games that include counting are: Chutes and Ladders, High Ho Cherry-O, and The Sneaky, Snacky, Squirrel Game.

Reviewing the Rules

Most games have a set list of rules that each player must abide by. When your child follows rules in a board game, they are also practicing how to follow multiple step directions.

Constant Communication

While playing a game with a friend or adult, children will practice social conversational skills and using eye contact.

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  • Print, cut out, and laminate the activity for durability.

Explain the rules to the children preparing to play the game.

Instructions:

Place your marker on the “Start”. Place cards upside down on the “Card Draw Pile”. 

Choose a player to go first.

The player will draw the top card from the pile then move to the next matching space. Play continues to the next player. 

If a “Star” card is drawn the player will head to the closest “Star” space, even if it is behind him and answer the question on the star card.

To win by landing on the last space, a player MUST draw a star card.

Extend the Activity:

Playing with Patterns

Use the colored narwhal cards to create different patterns (ab, aab, abaa).

Graphing Colors

Have your child sort and graph the different colors of the narwhals. Which color has the most? Which has the least? Do any have the same amount?

Real Life Narwhals

Show your child real videos and pictures of narwhals. Talk about where they live, what they eat, and what they use their tusk for.

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– Life Over C's Cute narwhal color game for preschoolers.
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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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