Making color wheels all summer long in preschool

Summer time is a great time to explore color wheels. I like to use it at an opportunity to review basic colors…

The children at preschool made their own color wheels last year. Each class worked together as a group throughout the summer to make their color wheels and each color wheel was a little different…

Most of the children would bring something in from home that was the color of the week. So if the color was orange, the children brought something in that was orange and glued it to the wheel…

Each week the teachers emphasized a new color but if a child brought in a colored object that had already been explored, they simply added it to the wheel anyway..

By the end of summer, every piece of the wheel displayed a wonderful collage of materials from every color…

The children used lots of paint and glue to get the items to stay on…

Week by week the colorwheels started to take shape…

Until they were completed…

Everyone had a hand in this activity!

See this simple nature color wheel too!

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By |2011-06-21T19:50:09+00:00June 21st, 2011|

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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. Laura (The SEEDS Network) June 21, 2011 at 8:43 pm - Reply

    I love the part where they bring something from home of a certain color to add to the wheel! Definitely a good home-school connection and brings in good collection of colored items! Definitely better than always using the feathers, pom poms and standard collage materials that are usually at school. Have to work this into my summer planning somehow!

  2. Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. June 21, 2011 at 8:57 pm - Reply

    Yes – much better if they can bring items from home!

  3. Alix Youngblutt June 22, 2011 at 3:20 am - Reply

    I think it is phenomenal the way you engaged the children in this activity. I agree with Laura that it is a great way for children to transit from home to school. I also think it is a good way to encourage them to use the knowledge that they already have and question themselves. “What do I have that is this colour?”. Seeing Early Childhood teachers creatively and successfully engaging children is a real motivator for a teacher-to-be like myself.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. June 22, 2011 at 11:21 am - Reply

      It sounds to me like you are a “great” teacher to be!

  4. shar June 22, 2011 at 1:36 pm - Reply

    This is gorgeous.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. June 22, 2011 at 9:17 pm - Reply

      Thank you:)

  5. Kimira June 22, 2011 at 9:45 pm - Reply

    Now, that is a cool idea. I am looking forward to trying it with my kids… I am picturing hanging a wheel of colored construction paper on the wall near the reading corner, and putting a pot of paste/ glue next to it. The wheel can take shape over time. Anyway. thanks for the idea

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. June 22, 2011 at 11:59 pm - Reply

      Great way to share this idea with your children:) I love when folks modify ideas to work best for them!!

  6. abbie June 22, 2011 at 11:19 pm - Reply

    This is incredible. Love this idea and will be passing it along to my daughter’s preschool. I also clicked over and LOVE the nature version. Comments on there are closed but I shared the post on Facebook because it looks like so much fun!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. June 22, 2011 at 11:59 pm - Reply

      Thank you Abbie – I hope your daughter’s preschool likes it too!

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