Natures color wheel in preschool

I saw a color wheel at one of our schools recently where the class glued colorful plastic flowers on each section of the color wheel. It got me thinking why not use real flowers?

We went on a little nature walk to find flowers and put them in a bag.

Wy wasn’t exactly sure why we were picking flowers but it did get him to notice the flowers and we were able to use our color words often.

Wy liked putting the flowers and leaves (and anything else that would fit) into our small lunch bag.

Once we got back to the house, I cut out a circle and drew lines to make our color wheel shape.

Wy dumped all the flowers and leaves on the table and then he put them back into the bag.

I put some glue on a section of our wheel and then had Wy tear apart a flower and stick the petals to the glue.

Since Wy did not grasp the concept of the color wheel, I didn’t worry about which color went where on the wheel. We just tore up flowers and leaves and glued.

Wy wanted to try the gluing part too but he wasn’t quite strong enough to get the glue to come out of the bottle. We will work on the gluing skills on another day. Today was about colors and nature:)

As we put each color on, I said the color names of each flower often. When the last color we had was on the wheel, Wy couldn’t understand why we didn’t use all the flowers so he dumped the whole bag on top of our wheel.

But they didn’t stick to the glue – LOL!  So this is our finished wheel…

You will notice that we are missing the color blue. We looked everywhere today for blue but could not find any blue plants or flowers. So tomorrow, I will look for a blue flower so we can add it to the wheel.

I think I will frame this for Wy’s mommy!

Or I might just frame this one for myself:)

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By |2010-07-26T06:00:21+00:00July 26th, 2010|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Sherry and Donna July 26, 2010 at 7:58 am - Reply

    That’s a lovely activity Deborah and very sensory too.
    Donna 🙂 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart July 26, 2010 at 9:35 am - Reply

      My daughter and I were just talking about all the ways you could really bring more sensory into this idea.

  2. Lisa July 26, 2010 at 10:05 am - Reply

    Blue flowers are really hard, hydrangeas are the closest thing to blue I’ve ever found!
    Love the way this came out!

    • Deborah J. Stewart July 26, 2010 at 4:38 pm - Reply

      I never did find any blue flowers:) Maybe I should have thought of that before we started our adventure!

  3. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog July 26, 2010 at 12:15 pm - Reply

    This is brilliant!! I love it, and I think I will do something similar for Clara. She would LOVE it! Great idea!!

  4. Carolina July 26, 2010 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    I teach colors all the time in Italian preschool (in fact it was our theme today in Italian camp) as well as lessons on flowers and gardening. This is a great variation. Can’t wait to try it!

  5. Teacher Tom July 26, 2010 at 6:10 pm - Reply

    Yep, that’s moms’ biggest gripe about flowers — very few blue ones! She makes a point of planting any blue flowers she finds. She has a separate blue section in her backyard although I have no idea what they are.

    • Deborah J. Stewart July 27, 2010 at 12:34 am - Reply

      I never did find any blue ones here:) Tell your mom to save some blue ones for me next time!!

  6. Jen July 26, 2010 at 8:09 pm - Reply

    Wonderful! Sensory and colorful.

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