Montessori style activities. Learn colors


Hello! Today I want to start a very important section for me, as you know I am a teacher of early childhood education and work enjoying my day to day. I start with this article because I like to make clear posts and with a clear purpose for daddies and moms who seek to encourage and motivate children.

It is called a sensitive period when our children go through learning moments where they absorb everything by putting their total concentration on what they are doing at the moment. It is very important to motivate them with materials and provide them with an ideal space for them.

When they start to differentiate colors and are interested in knowing a little more about them, it is important to encourage them and give them everything they need to learn based on their own motivation. Otherwise it can be frustrating to try to teach them something when they are not prepared or have no interest in it and the expected learning may not easily occur.

Focusing on the colors, the time comes when our little one starts to worry about what color it is or to prefer one color over another, and make decisions like “I want the red balloon” or “the purple shirt”

That is why we must prepare the material so that it associates the color with the name and it will discover what sensations each color produces.


  • Make sure there is an interest in that learning.
  • Start with the primary colors and few objects (a couple of each).
  • Progressively increases the degree of difficulty.
  • When the child correctly associates the colors you can enter the vocabulary.
  • Try not to correct every mistake. Make sure that the material you prepare is self-correcting and the child will only realize that something does not add up and he will fix it himself

Learning colors playing

1. Color themed days

It is very important to present the color before starting to differentiate them and for this reason I proposed in the class to make a different party of the color every day. I gathered all the objects and toys that were in the class and we played with just one color absolutely everything we can have and that he knows.


2. Sort objects based on color

It involves placing colored sheets on the floor glued with zeal: red, blue and yellow. To start the activity you don't need words but a simple demonstration of what to do with objects accurately and slowly.

3. Roulette of colors

You can do it with cardboard and paint as many colors as you want, either with the primary ones or with many more. It consists of placing the caliper on the corresponding color, they will also be practicing their fine motor skills, performing the movement of the caliper with their fingers … nothing easy!

4 pompoms trasvases clarify them according to color

5. Scoring game!

It is first to color the kitchen rolls or toilet paper of each color, glue them to a wall or window and place some bowls or boxes at the end. They really have a lot of fun watching the ball disappear and suddenly it appears below.

6. Paint

I like that they make their own games themselves, here we are painting the geometric figures and the big-small concepts that we will be working in class in different colors.

In this case we are painting some wooden sticks and then play with them. They paint colors with sponges.

7. Transfers of rice of different colors

As I always say it is very important to present the activities. Making transfers is very important, not only to understand concepts but also to develop motor skills and start in mathematical-logic.

8. Color the water

Once we did a flotation activity (I will tell it in another post) they were so focused and so involved in the activity that there was no way to end that activity. They were decidedly in a period of sensitive learning. So I evolved the activity and play towards "What happens if we put a few drops in the water?" Began to get dirty and asked me to put the water of all colors: "now I want red, I blue, .." and like this all morning!

Something so simple can give a lot of play

9. Paste cellophane paper or tissue paper in the window

10. Mix colors and see what happens

What happens if you mix two colors? …


"Magic" they told me … "change color" "is green"!

11. Paint with colored cubes

The heat is coming and there is nothing as fun as painting, in this case with cubes of different colors.

12. Sort the food by color

I hope you liked these 12 ideas to learn colors at home or at school. Remember the simplest is the most fun!

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