This idea is brought to you by Amanda from The Educators’ Spin On It.
Make a sweet bouquet of paper flowers for this easy to make, fun to play flower color word game. Learning to read color words is one of the first set of words children learn. This game provides children with repetition and interaction with these words. Repeated exposure to the same set of words builds young learners confidence and fluency in reading. Use scraps of papers and lids from the recycle bin to keep costs for this learning activity low!
Best for kids ages 3 – 5. Game and activity adaptations provided below.
Note – If you LOVE making learning games for your kids, my new book 100 Fun and Easy Learning Games for Kids would be the perfect addition to your bookshelf!
Learning Objectives: Learn to read color words
- Construction paper
- Black marker
We used lids from squeezable baby food pouches. Milk jug lids work too!
Red, yellow, blue, green, red, and pink – color words are fun to read!
How to Make
- Stack a set of papers on top of each other. Make a circle by tracing one of the lids in the middle.
- Cut a bumpy edge to the flower, giving an inch of space or more around the circle in the middle.
- Make a circle in the middle of each remaining flower.
- Write the color word of the flower inside the circle.
How to Play
- Set the flowers out on a flat surface.
- Let your child match the correct lid to the matching color flower.
- Sentence reading: Write the following sentences on strips of paper.
I see a red flower.
I see a yellow flower.
I see a blue flower.
Read the sentence with your child, Then encourage them to place the correct color flower next to the sentence. For additional support, place a lid next to the color word in each sentence. Have your child read the sentence out loud to you, pointing to each word as they read.
- Color word matching. Make several flowers of the same color. Have young learners match the colors. They will have the visual clues of the paper in addition to the written color word. Try a few white flowers with different color words in the middle. Can they match them by finding the two color words that look the same (without the color clues!.
Assessments are a way to know if your child is learning or has mastered a given skill. This game is designed to help children practice reading color words. If you would like to know if your child CAN indeed read those color words, print the words (in black in on a white piece of paper). Point to the word and have them read that word. If they see the word red and say red on a consistent basis, then they have mastered reading that word. You could include a sheet of color words in your bag for practice reading when the game is done, just remember memorizing the order of the words is something kids do well =)
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Our guest poster is: Amanda Boyarshinov is a National Board Certified teacher with oodles of experience in early childhood education. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in Reading for grades K-12. You will often find her in her backyard exploring nature with her kids or doing a hands-on science project at the kitchen table. She loves to walk her dog and snuggling up with a good book when she isn’t elbow deep in baking blueberry muffins in the kitchen. She shares educational activities for children ages 0-7 at The Educators’ Spin On It and is the Author of 100 Fun and Easy Learning Games for Kids.