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

Title: Exploring Colors

Compliance: Common Core State Standards for Pre-Kindergarten

Subject: Fine 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 identify and name common objects of different colors
  • Can express themselves creatively using colors


This activity will be conducted over a span of two weeks, with daily interactive sessions and hands-on art projects. The methodology includes:

  • Group discussions and interactive games to introduce and reinforce color concepts
  • Art projects involving color mixing, painting, and collage making
  • Field trips to local art galleries or museums to observe and discuss artworks
  • Individual and group activities to encourage creative expression using colors

Resources/Materials Required:

  • Color flashcards or charts
  • Paints (primary colors and white)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Magazines or newspapers for collage making
  • Art smocks or old shirts to protect clothing
  • Field trip permission slips and transportation arrangements


Day 1: Introduction to Colors

Objective: To introduce primary colors and their significance.

  1. Begin the session by displaying color flashcards or charts, and ask students to identify and name each color.
  2. Engage the students in a discussion about their favorite colors and why they like them.
  3. Play a color recognition game where students take turns identifying objects of different colors in the classroom.
  4. Conclude the session by reading a color-themed storybook or singing a color song together.

Day 2: Color Mixing

Objective: To demonstrate how primary colors can be mixed to create secondary colors.

  1. Review the primary colors with the students and ask them to recall what happens when two primary colors are mixed.
  2. Show the students how to mix red and blue paints to create purple, yellow and blue to create green, and red and yellow to create orange.
  3. Provide each student with a palette or paper plate and let them experiment with mixing colors using paint and brushes.
  4. Encourage the students to create their own color mixing charts or paintings.

Day 3: Color Collage

Objective: To create a collage using different colored materials.

  1. Provide each student with a piece of construction paper and a variety of colored materials such as magazine cutouts, colored paper scraps, and fabric.
  2. Explain that they need to create a collage using different colors and textures.
  3. Encourage the students to think creatively and arrange the materials in interesting ways.
  4. Once the collages are complete, display them in the classroom for everyone to admire.

Day 4: Field Trip to an Art Gallery

Objective: To observe and discuss artworks featuring different colors.

  1. Arrange a field trip to a local art gallery or museum that showcases colorful artworks.
  2. Guide the students through the gallery, pointing out different colors and discussing the emotions or messages conveyed by the artworks.
  3. Encourage the students to ask questions and share their thoughts about the artworks.
  4. After the field trip, gather the students for a group discussion to reflect on their favorite artworks and the colors they noticed.

Day 5: Creative Color Expression

Objective: To encourage students to express themselves creatively using colors.

  1. Provide each student with a blank canvas or a large sheet of paper.
  2. Let the students freely explore and experiment with colors using paints, markers, or crayons.
  3. Encourage them to express their emotions or tell a story through their artwork.
  4. Display the finished artworks in the classroom or create a mini art exhibition for parents to enjoy.


Assessment will be ongoing throughout the activity and will focus on:

  • Active participation in group discussions and games
  • Ability to identify and name colors correctly
  • Color mixing skills demonstrated in paintings or charts
  • Creativity and effort put into the color collage and individual artworks

By the end of the activity, students should have a solid understanding of primary and secondary colors, be able to mix colors, and express themselves creatively using colors.

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Common Core State Standards for Pre-Kindergarten

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