Caitie is sharing tips for using the preschool song “Red Yellow Green Blue” in the classroom and at home for lots of fun learning with little ones. She has lots of great ideas! And she’ll lead us through the song using gestures – an excellent way to introduce a song to children. “Red Yellow Green Blue” is a fun simple song that is perfect for teaching and reviewing colors.
Try these ideas in the classroom or at home!
- We like to use gestures when singing songs, but sometimes gestures just don’t do the job. For colors, we like to use flashcards or real-life items to show the colors and teach the color vocabulary.
- Go on a color hunt around the room! Once everyone has found something, come back to the circle and have them hold up their item when their color is sung as you listen to the song.
- Gather a bunch of items that are red, yellow, green, and blue, and sort them into groups! Put four sheets of colored construction paper on the floor, one for each color, and have your students match the items with the papers.
- Give your students some paper and crayons or markers that are red, yellow, green, and blue, and have them draw and color the colorful items from the song. A red apple, a yellow sun, a green four-leaf clover, and a blue sky.
- Try making Colors In A Bag, a fun, no-mess sensory activity to explore colors! This is a great activity for younger learners who are starting to identify colors – They can touch the squishy colors without getting messy. While they are playing with their colors in a bag, you can sing the song and point to the colors or have the song playing in the background.