35+ Brilliant Color Activities that will have your child asking for more.
After four years of creating hands-on color activities for your toddlers and preschoolers, I am ready to put all the easy ideas in one place.
From beginning to identify colors to watching them mix, every opportunity to play with colors brings on a discovery. Color activities are one of my favorite things to introduce to early learners, and you will soon see why.
From teaching your child colors to making learning colors fun, let’s do this. 35+ Brilliant Color Activities that your child will adore.
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Color activities require ZERO worksheets.
You heard me, right! Color activities must be hands-on and allow our children to use the colors in their everyday environment. Look around; color is everywhere. You have the supplies you need.
Color activities can be introduced at a young age and played for YEARS! At 40, I still love playing with color!
I organized this activity post into four easy to navigate categories.
Even better is that each category has images to help you better understand each idea listed.
- Sorting Activities
- Indoor Activities
- Outdoor Activities
- Color Mixing Activities
Sorting by Color
Sorting activities are a great way to introduce colors to your toddler and continue exploring colors with big kids.
And you know it!
I organized the images above with the posts below. Move left to right, top to bottom to navigate the 12 color activities.
- Magnetic Color and Shape Match
- Pom Pom Delivery Color Sort
- Movement Color Drive and Drop Off
- Bear Caves Color Sort
- Apple Color Scoop and Sort
- Match the Bears to the Dots
- Color Number Hunt
- Sticky Color Sort
- Primary Color Hunt
- Outdoor Color Hunt
- Apple Pom Pom Sort
- Bring the Bears Home
Here we go again! Each color activity you see above is listed below left to right, top to bottom in the list below.
These indoor color activities also make a great Breakfast Invitation. What’s a Breakfast Invitation? You need to read this here.
- Indoor Color Scavenger Hunt
- Spider Dots Color Matching – a Days with Grey FAVORITE!
- Treasure Map Color Hunt
- Color Words Drive-Up
- Rainbow Color Line-Up
- Make DIY Colored Crayons
- Painting Bubble Wrap
- Egg Crack Color Surprise
- Sock Color Graph
- Stacking Hearts
- Pick a Color
- Light to Dark Color Progression
- Dot Sticker Light Strand
- Paper Tube Color Maze
- Pom Pom Color Match
Mixing colors is my favorite because it never gets old. Every time the colors mix, it is as if a new layer of discovery is revealed. Let’s dive into these nine color mixing activities.
- How to Recycle Markers into Watercolors
- Color Squirt; Fine Motor Exploration
- Neon Water Squirt
- Color Mixing with Shredded Paper
- Color the Ice on a Light Table
- Magnetic Color Mixing
- Paint the Ice
- Painting on Acorns – Toddler Approved
- Bubble Foam Bath – Busy Toddler
- Musical Color Scavenger Hunt
- Bear Soup
- Run and Sort
- Bunny Color Hunt – Toddler Approved
- Painting Box Activity – Busy Toddler
Looking for more ways to introduce and play with colors?
Here are even more ideas from some of my favorite kid activity blogger friends:
Rainbow Toast – Happily Ever Mom
Painting on the Table with Kids – The Workspace for Children
Colored Salt – The Best Ideas for Kids
Color Matching Caterpillar – Fantastic Fun and Learning