The color game in preschool

A fun color recognition game your children are sure to enjoy!

This is a little game we made for our preschoolers to have fun working on color recognition…

Preparing the Game

First we made a little cube and put a different color on each side – red, yellow, blue, green, orange, and purple. Then we cut out 6 large circles from construction paper and laminated them…

Object of the Game

The object of the game was to roll the color cube and then stand on the color of circle that matches the color facing up on the cube…

Inventing their own Rules to the Game

The children made up their own rules of the game as they played…

The objectives of the game took on different twists and turns…

Exploring Different Variations of the Game

The game was played on the floor and on the table…

All kinds of accessories were added to the game…

Why we Love the Color Game

The color game is a good example of an “open ended” game! Through giving children the time and space for open ended play, children are able to experiment with their ideas, build communication skills, invent rules to a game, assign roles, perspective take and use trial-and-error as they make decisions on their own. They are more engaged and gain independence when they are given the opportunity to make complex decisions. We hope you will give the color game a try in your classroom!

Here are some other homemade games to check out…

Make your own game mats (frog game, car game, tree game) from Teach Preschool

Color matching clothespin game from Teach Preschool

Bean bag game from Teach Preschool

Tape Shapes from Teach Preschool

Caterpillar Color Bingo from Learning and Teaching with Preschoolers

Bean Bag Game from Brick by Brick

Bowling game from Meet the Dubiens

Apple Tree Game from Little Family Fun

Dice Walking from The Artful Parent

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By |2018-12-21T21:34:38+00:00April 3rd, 2011|

About the Author:

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. Krissa April 3, 2011 at 10:32 am - Reply

    Great idea…I love it!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 3, 2011 at 11:09 am - Reply

      Thanks for stopping by Krissa!

  2. Ally April 4, 2011 at 12:18 pm - Reply

    Great – almost like twister for kids but educational!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 4, 2011 at 2:37 pm - Reply

      Yes – can be almost exactly like twister:)

  3. Shauna April 7, 2011 at 8:29 pm - Reply

    Great idea. I have been wanting to find new ideas to help some of my little ones with color recognition. I have looked at your facebook page and website often & I can’t believe I am not already a follower. Don’t know how that happened. However, I am now following Teach Preschool and I look forward to reading more of your posts.
    Take care,

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 7, 2011 at 8:36 pm - Reply

      Thank you for the follow Shauna!

  4. Amy July 24, 2011 at 9:17 pm - Reply

    I was trying to see what music is on your CD but the link isn’t working. Is there somewhere else I can look it up?

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