This preschool color hunt will begin the day with play and allow a little morning movement. Just like going on a brisk walk fires up our thinking, so does hands-on learning for children. The more we get kids moving, yes, even on a rainy day, the more we can engage and explore new ideas. And the truth is, doing so is easier to do than you may think. Low-prep, easy preschool activities will guide the way!
Color words are some of the first sight words your child will learn.
Wait. What is a sight word? The old assumption is that a sight word is a word a child begins to recognize by sight. The child can automatically read the word because he has memorized the word.
But there is a catch! When we teach children to read through memorization, we lose the opportunity to teach them how to decode words.
So rather than memorizing color words and sight words, let’s encourage our children to look at the letter sounds within the word. I created this list of 25 sight word activities to help!
RELATED: To dig a little deeper, I wrote a Parent’s Guide to Phonemic Awareness.
Let’s get this color hunt set up!
- Tape the white paper to your table.
- Add a simple title called, Find It!
- Next, add color words in the correct color.
- Level Up: I wrote the color words for my kindergartener in black for him to sound out as he works.
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White Paper Roll
This paper is a staple in our home. Place it on the table or a verticle surface. So many uses!
Share these markers with your kids, or keep them for yourself. I am not one to judge; I like my own pack too.
Who doesn’t love a checklist?
Next to each color word, I added a box for the boys to check off the found color.
My boys knew they needed to:
- Read the color.
- Find the color.
- Return with something that matches the color word on the paper.
- Check off the color found. (hello, pencil grip!)
- Move to the next color.
This color word activity was a fun way to kick off our morning as I gathered food for breakfast and drank my hot tea to wake up. A win for all!
Scavenger Hunts are so fun!
Over the years, I have leaned into scavenger hunts to keep my children busy. Color hunts are so much fun for preschoolers to engage in. Here are a few of our favorite hunts we enjoy playing:
- Nature Sensory Hunt
- Outdoor Musical Scavenger Hunt – a personal favorite!
- Primary Toy Color Hunt
- Treasure Map Color Hunt
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Think about what your child enjoys.
2. Think about what you already have around that enjoyment.
3. Make a list of what you find. Pictures help!
4. Hide objects around the house.
5. Invite your child to go on a hunt to find each item.
Use simple words next to the picture and a box to check once the object is found.
Preschool should be a time to create and explore new ideas. We want our early learners to transport objects, discover color combinations, sort, classify, design, connect, and investigate new ideas. We can do this with hands-on preschool activities – NOT worksheets. Use these preschool activity cards with your child.