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Play with Colors: Color Wheel Fun + Scavenger Hunt

If your house is littered with crayons, markers, and colored pencils (oh my!), you just may have a preschooler around. Young kids LOVE playing with color, and learning colors is a first step toward early math and literacy skills.

The more your child plays with colors, the easier it is for them to identify, match, sort and collect by color. Our Color Wheel online game makes it fun and easy for children to learn colors through repetition. This color wheel extension activity gets little fingers in on the coloring action (yes, lets hone those fine motor skills) and can serve as a platform for a scavenger hunt.

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COLOR WHEEL ACTIVITY

To get started, just download our free color wheel worksheet. You’ll want to print it on cardstock (or adhere copy paper to cardstock), cut and assemble by using a brass bracket to attach the smaller shape wheel on top of the color wheel.

Here’s where you — the parent — get to direct a little bit of the activity based on you want to challenge your child:

EASY: Have your child select a colored pencil, crayon or marker color and color the shape that lines up with color.

MODERATE: Have your child start at the red block. Call out a shape and have your child color that shape. Then call out another shape and have your child move the wheel so that shape then lines up with the next block (orange). They then color that shape orange.

MODERATE: Place all of the colored pencils (or crayons) that correspond with the color wheel in a box. Have your child close their eyes and select a crayon. After they open their eyes, they identify the color and color the shape next to the color on the wheel.

SCAVENGER HUNT

The fun doesn’t stop after you’ve colored the wheel! Now it’s time to go on a scavenger hunt!

Have your child call out a shape — and see what color that shape corresponds with on the color wheel. Then go around the house and find things that match the called color. Here’s your opportunity to talk about shades and tones of colors with older preschoolers.

Want to make it more of a challenge? Call out colors AND shapes. How many blue octagons can you find in your house? Works well for road trips, too! Use a paper clip to mark what color and shape your child is looking for, in case they need to reference it.

Sly Cat is all about blue… {imagine that}. What kind of blue things can you find around your house?

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