We’ve done this ‘Going on a Colour Hunt‘ activity several times over the years and it is one of our favourite to do on a rainy (or freezing cold like today) day. I think the combination of being an activity, a craft and getting to run round trying to find items makes lots of fun for toddlers and preschoolers as well as a great way to reinforce colour recognition.
Today we’re sharing this as part of the A – Z of Indoor Activities series hosted by fabulous Nicola at Crafty Kids at Home. This is such a simple idea that needs no set up and I can guarantee you’ll probably have everything you already need. If you don’t have paper plates why not substitute for a piece of card.
You will need:
- Paper plates
- Pens, pencils, crayons
- Scrap material, paper, card, tissue paper etc
How to play ‘Going on a Colour Hunt’
1. Firstly I write a colour on a paper plate in that colour and give one to each child, if they already know their colours I let them choose or get them to guess what the colour might be.
2. Next I leave out pens, pencils, crayons and peices of scrap material such as paper and card etc and let them decorate their plate in their chosen colour. This helps to reinforce the colour they will then need to go and find once they are finished.
3. Once finished the Little Tots then like to race around the playroom trying to find as many objects as they can in their colour. Older children and ones that already know their colours help out younger ones and although they get quite competitive they also enjoy helping each other out and praising each other when they find something in their colour.
4. At the end they then count out how many object of their colour they find and work out who had the most (another bonus learning outcome!).
It’s absolutely freezing outside today and although they did go out to play with the rain water in the sandpit in freezing conditions they eventually came in and we had a go at this. I have a 2 year old, 3 year old and 4 1/2 year old here today ( 2 of which aren’t photoed) but the youngest we have played with has been 15 months and they really enjoyed this activity…although I think he mostly just enjoyed gluing and running round like crazy afterwards.
They each had a go at colour hunting for each colour and then started to hunt for harder colours such as orange, brown and purple.
Why not hop over to Crafty Kids at Home and view the activities so far in the A – Z of Indoor Activities. Each letter of the alphabet has been assigned to a different Kids Activities blogger, to bring you an amazing selection of ideas to choose from, on those inevitable days when you are all stuck indoors.