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Exploring Colors: A Fun and Interactive Visual Arts Activity for Pre-Kindergarten

Title: Exploring Colors

Compliance: Common Core State Standards for Pre-Kindergarten Visual Arts

Subject: Visual Arts

Summary: This activity introduces pre-kindergarten students to the world of colors through hands-on exploration and creative expression.

Topic: Colors and Art

Learning Outcomes:

  • Know the primary colors (red, blue, yellow) and secondary colors (orange, green, purple)
  • Understand how colors can be mixed to create new colors
  • Can create artwork using different colors


This activity will be conducted in a group setting, allowing students to collaborate and learn from each other. It will involve a combination of teacher-led instruction, hands-on exploration, and creative expression.

Resources/Materials Required:

  • Colorful construction paper
  • Paints (primary colors: red, blue, yellow, and secondary colors: orange, green, purple)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Water cups
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Markers


1. Begin by gathering the students in a circle and introducing the concept of colors. Show them examples of different colored objects and ask them to identify the colors.

2. Introduce the primary colors (red, blue, yellow) and explain that these colors cannot be created by mixing other colors.

3. Show the students how to mix the primary colors to create secondary colors. For example, mixing red and yellow creates orange, blue and yellow creates green, and red and blue creates purple.

4. Provide each student with a piece of construction paper and a set of paints.

5. Instruct the students to use the primary colors to create secondary colors by mixing them on their paper. Encourage them to experiment and explore different color combinations.

6. Once the students have created their secondary colors, allow them to use the paints to create artwork on their paper. They can paint shapes, objects, or anything they like.

7. After the artwork is dry, provide the students with scissors, glue, and markers. Instruct them to cut out their artwork and create a collage using the different colored pieces.

8. Display the collages around the classroom and have a discussion about the different colors and artwork created by the students.


Assessment will be ongoing throughout the activity. Observe the students' engagement, participation, and understanding of colors. Assess their ability to mix primary colors to create secondary colors and their creativity in creating artwork using different colors. Provide feedback and encouragement to support their learning and growth.

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Common Core State Standards for Pre-Kindergarten Visual Arts

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