In the kindergarten we play and this always involves new ideas. Gaming is definitely more than just a pastime. With color games, the children consolidate their knowledge about colors.
What you need:
- colorful balls
- Possibly different colored objects
“I see something you don’t know”: This is probably one of the best-known color games. But in kindergarten you can do a lot more with red or green, blue or yellow.
Colors are particularly important in kindergarten
- Where letters, numbers and words are still unknown, symbols, images and colors become particularly important. In kindergarten, the children often orientate themselves using such aids. Everyone has their own coat hook. “Yours is the yellow flower and you have the blue one,” says the governess. This assumes that the colors are known. This can be practiced with color games.
- Even without consciously planning such an action, everyday life in kindergarten offers numerous opportunities to bring colors into play. Because everything has a color and this should be named as often as possible with small children.
- Since children react very intensely to visual stimuli, they like colorful objects. In color games, they practice differentiating between red, blue, yellow and other colored things. Yellow and orange can be similar. The children first have to learn these subtle differences. Learning itself is playful. If they are allowed to move at the same time, it is particularly easy.
Color games with a ball
- Give a ball to a group. The children stand in a circle. One throws the ball to another. To do this, the catching child is given a task. This solves the task and throws the ball to another child.
- Such ball games, which are associated with tasks, can be varied as desired. “Throw the ball to the one wearing the yellow shoes” is an example. This is how the children name the colors of their clothes. If the tots are sitting on the ground, they can also roll the ball to themselves.
- Use different colored balls for color games. For example, give each child a ball. And then you set a task that only those with the red ball can do. The children then pass the balls around so that they are now holding a different colored ball. Now those who have a yellow ball should do something, and so on.
- Place a red, blue, yellow, green, white and black ball (or building blocks or scraps of paper) in the round. Cover them with a cloth. Now one child has to guess which color is missing.
Guesswork and colors in everyday life
- The variants mentioned can be easily modified in such a way that you pose puzzles to the children. It can also be about a single color. If the color red is the theme, have them guess things that are red. “Which beetle is red and has black dots?” “What animal has red fur and a bushy tail?” or “What fruits do you know that are red?” Guessing is always a variant of playful learning.
- Older children can also make up the puzzles themselves. Then talk about the symbolic meaning of the colors. Red stands for attention, all children should know that.
- Of course, the colors of the traffic light – red, yellow and green – immediately come into play. Let the children regulate imaginary traffic with the three colors. But every child should have a turn and be the center of attention.
- Color games are indispensable in kindergarten. It doesn’t matter that they are particularly sophisticated. Many variations are possible with just a few simple objects, and the children have fun when it comes to colorful things.