Free Preschool Lesson Plans - Preschool Themes - Colors and Shapes

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This page has great free preschool lesson plans focusing on Colors and Shapes. The two main ideas behind this lesson plan are:

1. The classroom as a teacher - These activities can be done by making simple changes in the classroom.

2. Exploring our environment - Children are natural explorers. Guide them by shedding light on various shapes that they see on a daily basis. (stop sign, a cup, the carpet)

Big ideas, concepts and values:

All things in our world have a shape and a color.

Essential Questions:

What colors do you see around you?

What shapes do you recognize around you?

In Class Activities:

Book Recommendations:
  1. Red Is Best - Kathy Stinson
  2. Magic School Bus Makes a Rainbow
  3. Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? - Bill Martin Jr.
  4. A Color of His Own - Leo Lionni

Math Center:

Sorting Game: Sort various items by their color and than by their shapes.

I have a page dedicated to teaching preschooler about math shapes.

Pre-Reading:

Word wall colors: Red, blue, yellow, green, orange, purple, brown, black, white. Write each word with the corresponding color it represent for an easy recollection.

Word wall shapes: triangle, rectangle, square, circle. Draw each shape and write it's name inside the drawing. Cut out your drawings and place them at an eye level with the children.

Home Connection:

In your newsletter, explain the theme and inform the parents that everyday in class you will focus on a specific color. Ask the parents to send the children wearing the color of the day.

  1. Monday - Red
  2. Tuesday - Blue
  3. Wednesday - Yellow
  4. Thursday - Purple (Red and Blue)
  5. Friday - Green (Yellow and Blue)
  6. Monday - Orange (Red and Yellow)
  7. Tuesday - Brown
  8. Wednesday - Black
  9. Thursday - White
  10. Friday - Rainbow

Based on the color of the day, sort the toys and only take out toys in that color. Do the same in the art center, painting, creative center and even choose your snack based on the color of the day.

The children love that each color has a special day and you can feel the celebration in the air.

Music and Movement:

Add these colorful scarves to allow the children ways of playing with colors through music and movement.


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Fine Motor Center:

Colorful Coffee Paper Filter - You will need:

  • 1. Food coloring mixed with water in small bowls
  • 2. Droppers
  • 3. Coffee Paper filers
  • Using the droppers have the children place water drops on the coffee filter paper.
  • Beading - Can you make a bracelet using only one color of beads?

    Pom Pom Sorting - Sort pom pom balls by color using tweezers and thongs to pick them up.

    Art Center:

    Add these items for open ended activities:

  • 1. Cut outs of various shapes
  • 2. Color paper
  • 3. Water colors
  • 4. Paint
  • 5. Playdough corresponding to the color of the day.

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    Construction Toys:

    The children will fall in love with these Magna-Tiles. Use them with a light table or on an overhead projector.

    Special Activities:

    Shape Hunt or Color Hunt - The teacher names a color or a shape and the children run around the room to find it.

    "A Teacher Affects Eternity"

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