The ability to recognize and identify colors is an important developmental milestone for kids. Early identification helps young children make important brain connections with their physical world. With the Wikki Stix activities below (and a little practice), teaching colors to kids can be a fun and creative learning experience!
Wikki Stix Glasses and a Nature Colors Hunt
Materials needed: one Wikki Stix Colors printable (Download the Colors Printable pdf here) for each child (laminate or cover with clear contact paper for durability), clipboard, pencils or crayons, scissors, and assorted Wikki Stix for the children to make the glasses craft.
Set out assorted colors of Wikki Stix and invite the children to make the Wikki Stix glasses. The children should make two circles from two Wikki Stix. Cut another Wikki Stix in half and use it to connect the two circles (this piece will make the nose bridge). Have the children use 2 more Wikki Stix to form an ear piece on both sides of the circles. Make a “hook” around the ear with the remaining length of the Wikki Stix on each side. Younger children will need assistance in making their glasses.
When the glasses activity is finished, discuss the individual colors on the printable. Have the children wear their glasses outside to see which of the colors on the printable they can find in nature. The children can circle YES (or NO) if they are able to locate those colors while outside. Note: The children may wish to use a clipboard to hold the printable while outside on their colors hunt.
Extension Activity: Go on a colors hunt inside. Have the children wear their glasses and search for any items they can find that correspond to the colors on the printable. Come together after the search and discuss what items were found.
Wikki Stix Gumball Machine Colors
Materials needed: one Wikki Stix Gumball Machine Colors printable (Download the Gumball Machine pdf here) for each child and Red/Yellow/Blue/Green/Purple/Pink/Orange/Brown/Black and White Wikki Stix.
Print the Gumball Machine for each child and laminate for durability. Set out the various colors of Wikki Stix on a table or tray. Invite the children to make a small ball with each color of Wikki Stix and place it inside the circles on the gumball machine. The color words are highlighted to help the children understand the connection between the color word and the color it represents. If desired, the children can mark off each color word with the corresponding colored Wikki Stix as each of the different balls are created.
Wikki Stix Colors and Basic Shapes Printable Book
Materials needed: one printable book (Download the Colors Book pdf here), scissors, and Red/Yellow/Blue/Green/Purple/Pink/Orange/Brown/Black and White Wikki Stix.
Print the Colors Book for each child. Discuss the colors within the book with the children. Set out the assorted colors of Wikki Stix on a table or a tray. Invite the children to trace the shapes on each of the color pages with the corresponding color of Wikki Stix.
This is a great book to practice reading color words, to recognize basic shapes, and for identifying various colors.
Children are surrounded by colors every day! Learning to identify colors with the Wikki Stix activities above will open new opportunities to explore the beauty of all the colors in their world!