Enjoy this simple preschool lesson plan that will help you teach children about the color red. The activities below will introduce children to the color red through an outdoor activity, a song, a literacy activity, and a dramatic play activity. For each activity you will find the materials, instructions and discussion starters (verbal cues). This lesson plan works well in conjunction with a daycare center unit with a science theme.
Outdoor activity — Cherry Picking
Materials: Plastic cherries or cherries cut from red construction paper, wicker or plastic baskets
Discussion Starters: What color are cherries? There are cherries all over the yard. We are going to collect all the cherries and put them into baskets. How many cherries did you pick?
Instructions: Spread plastic or paper cherries throughout the yard. Explain that you will be cherry picking. Provide each child with a basket and encourage children to collect cherries.
Circle Time – song about the color red
“I Love Red” by Jean Warren
Discussion Starters: This song sounds like “Three Blind Mice”.
InstructionsTeach the children “I love Red” to the tune of “Three Blind Mice”.
“I Love Red”
I love red, I love red.
That’s what I said, that’s what I said.
Fire trucks, wagons and strawberries piled high.
Stop signs, hearts and pizza pies.
Roses, tomatoes and apples, oh my.
I love red.
That’s what I said.
Literacy activity –R is for Rose
Materials: Poster Board (or flannel board), pictures of red roses, pictures of and upper and lower case Rs (or flannel cut outs), whiteboard or chalkboard, chalk.
Discussion Starters: This is the letter R. R is for rose. Many roses are red. This is how the letter R sounds. Can you make the letter R? What other things begin with the letter R sound? Can you draw the letter R on the chalkboard?
Instructions: Create an R is for rose poster board or flannel board. The board should show the letter R in upper and lower case and pictures of red roses. Let children practice making the R sound and writing the letter R in upper and lower case on the whiteboard or chalkboard.
Dramatic Play Activity — Fire Station
Materials: Red firefighting clothes (hats, boots, coats), hose, empty refrigerator box, red paint, steering wheel, chairs, siren, red revolving light
Discussion Starters: What colors did we see at the fire station? What colors are fire trucks? What color is fire? What does a fireman do?
Instructions: Set up a fire station in the dramatic play area or outside. Create a red fire truck out of a large refrigerator box painted red. Children can take turns driving the fire truck and responding to emergency calls.
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