Target Age Group:
Preschoolers (Ages 3-5) Grade Level: Pre-K
By the end of this unit study, preschoolers will be able to:
- Identify and name basic colors.
- Understand the concept of mixing colors to create new ones.
- Recognize colors in everyday objects and surroundings.
- Develop fine motor skills through arts and crafts activities.
- Gain a basic understanding of color-related concepts in science, history, and geography.
Schedule: 5-Day Plan
Day 1: Introduction to Colors
- Introduce primary colors (red, blue, yellow) and secondary colors (green, orange, purple).
- Engage in color recognition games and activities.
- Read books about colors.
- Arts and Crafts: Create a color wheel using colored paper.
Day 2: Mixing Colors
- Explore color mixing using paint and playdough.
- Experiment with primary color combinations to create secondary colors.
- Read books about mixing colors.
- Arts and Crafts: Create a color mixing chart.
Day 3: Colors in Nature and Everyday Life
- Discuss colors found in nature and everyday objects.
- Observe and discuss the changing colors of leaves, flowers, and the sky.
- Read books about colors in nature.
- Arts and Crafts: Create a nature-inspired collage.
Day 4: Science of Colors
- Learn about the science of colors and how they appear.
- Conduct a simple color absorption experiment.
- Read books about color science.
- Science Project: Colorful milk experiment.
Day 5: History, Geography, and Bible Connections
- Explore historical uses of colors in art and culture.
- Discuss how colors are used in different countries’ flags.
- Read a Bible story that mentions colors (e.g., Joseph’s coat of many colors).
- Field Trip: Visit a local art museum or cultural center.
- “Mouse Paint” by Ellen Stoll Walsh – Amazon Link
- “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle – Amazon Link
- “Mix It Up!” by Hervé Tullet – Amazon Link
- “The Colors Song | Art Songs” by Scratch Garden – YouTube Link
- “Color Mixing for Kids” by Art for Kids Hub – YouTube Link
- “Colors of the Rainbow” by Peekaboo Kidz – YouTube Link
Arts and Crafts:
- Color Wheel Craft – Create a color wheel using colored paper and a brad fastener.
- Playdough Color Mixing – Mix primary colors of playdough to create secondary colors.
- Nature-Inspired Collage – Collect leaves, flowers, and other natural items to create a colorful collage.
Colorful Milk Experiment – Mix milk, dish soap, and food coloring to observe color interactions.
Visit a local art museum or cultural center to explore various artworks and their use of colors.
The story of Joseph’s coat of many colors – Genesis 37:3-4
Remember to adapt and adjust the activities based on the specific needs and interests of the preschoolers in your unit study. Have fun exploring colors and fostering creativity with your young learners!