Today we’re going to explore all of the colors in nature! Students will make close observations to identify colors that match objects around them.
Grade Range (suggested): preK-2
- A natural setting, natural objects (plants, sticks, rocks, etc.) and/or household objects
- Color guide (paint chips, colored paper, beads, colored pencils or crayons, English and Spanish bilingual color table on the last page)
- Optional: Drawing tool (pencil, pen, marker, etc.), paper, clipboard
- Before beginning the color walk, ask students which colors they think they will see outside (or inside, if prefered). Allow time for predictions while accepting all answers.
Prepare to Explore
- Take a moment to discuss what it means to make observations (taking their time, looking closely, sharing what they see, etc.).
- Orient students to their color guide. Do they think they will see things that are these colors?
- Tell students that their color guide will be a helpful scientific tool in finding many colors on their color walk!
- Tell students that they can use their color guide to see how the objects they observe are similar and/or different. If applicable, direct students to record the colors they see on a piece of paper.
- Allow time for students to explore, either inside or outside, and compare their color guide to the objects they see.
Reflect & Share
- Ask students to share their discoveries. Was there a color that surprised them? What color did they see most/least? Why do they think so?
You can use the following chart when you are on your color walk. You can practice colors in English and Spanish.
Click through to page 2 to access this activity write-up in Spanish.