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Our curriculum for the 2-3 year old class celebrates a different color every month.
We start the year in September with the color red. This works out well because we also happen to be talking about apples this month and most apples are red. You can find my Preschool Apple Theme post HERE.
Here are a few of the methods and activities I use to help my students learn about the color red!
The first thing I do when introducing a new color is bring out my Hello Kitty Colors book (find it HERE).
I tell the kids to shout out, “RED! RED! RED!” when I get to the red page. But when I turn to a page that is not red, they have to say, “No, no, no – that’s (whatever color is being shown on the page).”
I also have them wag their finger when they say “No, no, no,” and it is ridiculously adorable.
I always make sure to turn to the red page last and we all freak out.
Other great books for the color red…
After I introduce a new color with the Hello Kitty Book, then we head over to the work tables to draw in our Color Books. I simply take a piece of red cardstock for the cover and then fold a piece of white computer paper inside. Staple the edges and you’re ready!
The kids use red crayons, red markers, red cutouts, red dot markers, red tissue paper squares, red stickers… any little red bit will be fine! The end result is very cute with all the varied mediums.
Red Discovery Bin
I bought a bunch of colored bins at the Dollar Tree a few years ago. Whenever we have a new color to celebrate, we put on our ‘color glasses’ and hunt down all of the red items in our room. We bring them back to the carpet area and present them to one another before we toss them in the color bin.
I let the kids explore this bin all month long!
Red Songs and Poems
I found the most amazing FREE Printable color poems HERE (I cannot find the original link for this – it goes straight to the download). We clap our hands and chant it together every day.
We also sing this little song to the tune of Frere Jacques.
R-E-D, Red. R-E-D, Red.
That spells red. That spells red.
Firetrucks are red. Strawberries are red.
Red, red, red. Red, red, red.
Red Magnets and File Folder Activities
One of the BEST resources I have found for my color units are these FREE Printable color packets from Lovely Commotion. I laminate the little cards above, stick a small magnet on the back, and then use them as part of Circle Time activities on our magnet wall.
There are also printable color file folder activities that we do every month from this same FREE Printable packet.
Red Pom Pom Push
This activity was SO easy to make. I cleaned out an old yogurt tub, cut a small opening in the lid, and then had the kids push red pom poms through the hole.
The kids liked this activity and came back to it a lot throughout our color red study.
Red Streamer Break Out
I wrapped the kids up in red streamers and then let them bust out.
They didn’t like this activity at all.
Except it was the exact opposite. 🙂
Brown Bear Project Handprints
We work on a special project all year long that coincides with the colors we are learning!
You can read all about it HERE.
Red Solo Cups
We played with lots of red cups. Stacking. Building towers and skyscrapers. It was fun to see what the students came up with!
I also like to share a few YouTube videos with my students while they are having snack.
Here are my favorites that teach about the color red.
- Teatime with Tayla RED
- Storybots RED
- Color Crew RED
- Color Red Song
- Color of the Day RED by Patty Shukla
- Surprise Eggs RED
I hope you find something here to help your kids learn about the color red!
Next month I will share about the color Orange. I would love to know if this is a helpful resource for you – leave a comment below!
– Julie 🙂