Tot School: Color Red {Lesson Plan 1 and 2 year olds}

If you want to teach the color red with activities for a whole week, here is a list of activities you can do at home.

All this month, we are learning about colors. We have used printables, color pages, sensory and art activities.

One of the best ways to teach the color red is to immerse ourselves for a full week or even a month with activities of the color red.

I will share with you my exact color red lesson plan and activities with the goal to inspire you to do the same.

Color red lesson plan

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Color Red Lesson Plan

My lesson plan for the week consists on using everyday objects to learn colors, create daily activities to reinforce the learning and identification of the color and to use the color section from our learning printable binder. The activities are taken from our curriculum, and inspiration to use our sensory recipes for teaching preschool readiness concepts.

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Rainbow activities

Each week as we learn our colors I also like to have a few activities that involve all of the colors of the rainbow. This helps tie tie concept that the color we are learning this week is part of the rainbow.

Color Song

I love to choose a color song to sing throughout the month or week. For the month, we are using the Sing & Play pack “Rainbow Song” and every morning during our at-home circle time we use our play scarfs to get familiar with our colors.

I love this pack because it’s the perfect way to get inspired about colors, I love the chosen song and it gives extra activities to practice colors. They are simple and easy and I we use them together in the mornings.

Rainbow sensory bin

Because this was our first lesson about colors along with the rainbow song I also wanted to give a general exposure to all the colors of the rainbow. Let him associate that there are colors all around.

This whole week, I set up a rainbow ride sensory bin. I kept it simple to let him explore the colors. I colors some rice ( learn how to make colors that pop with this colored rice recipe )

I added cups, bowls and spoons to practice some pouring skills as well. Each day I changed the elements of play for the bin to provide a new activity with minimum set up.

  • Monday – cups and bowls
  • Tuesday – Hide red toys
  • Wednesday – Hide puzzle shapes and complete color puzzle
  • Thursday – Cups and funnels
  • Friday – Repeat favorite from the week

Wearing our Color of the week

One of the techniques to learn the color red is to use our outfits and wear the color. This week we all tried to wear red in the house, not just our toddler.

I like to give choices to my toddler. This creates habits of independence which also translates later to play independently. Each day, u show him two color red options. It could be from two different color shirts to choosing to wear between the red shirt or the red shorts to wear for the day.

Coffee Break Activities

Sometimes we need a break, sometimes we don’t want to set up a fancy activity that requires materials. For this reason, I created the activity binders. Just open and play. This week I used the following activities as an invitation to play after breakfast each morning. Although they were not always about the color red it gave him a great exposure to colors. Which will our monthly theme.

Dinosaur Color Printable

One of my favorite easy activities to do is using printable worksheets to learn when you need 5 minute breaks. This week we chose the dinosaur printable from the Printables Colors Package and glued the color bows to wood pieces. By changing the way you present the pieces it makes a whole new activity! These little wooden pieces are Delma traveling mini Jenga game found at the dollar store.

We also used the following printables to play each morning:

  • Monday – Dinosaur bow ties
  • Tuesday – 3 tigers (free printable)
  • Wednesday – 2 birds
  • Thursday – Cars
  • Friday – Matching Mittens

Red Stickers on Apple

Using the red coloring page from the coloring pages package, I took out the red garage sale sticker dots (available at dollar store or Amazon) and presented it in a tray.

To make the stickers come out easier take out the backing, this way the red dots edges are easily exposed.

Seeing red | Red binoculars

I had no idea he was going to love this activity so much! Create color binoculars using red cellophane paper and two toilet paper tubes.

Head out for a nature walk and use them to see everything red! It really helps with the color association and repeating the word red.

Playing with apple scented Red playdough

Painting with Red Puffy Paint

Red puffy paint is one of my favorite ways to use paint. Add a little bit of shaving cream and a little bit of school glue and you create puffy paint! It paints just like regular paint, smells like shaving cream and dries raised above the paper (liked one of those raised puffy stickers)

Sprinkle red glitter

You can do so much with coloring pages besides using color pencils or markers. Especially when they are so little and their attention span is so short, coloring pages offer a great opportunity to do quick activities.

For this activity although we are working on the color red using red glitter, I wanted to spend a lot of time playing with the glue. It is so important to expose our little ones to different textures and glue is going to be such a vital material in the years to come I want him to get a lot of exposure to it. Glue is sticky, glitter gets everywhere, is quite the experience!

A variation to this activity for those toddlers (or moms) that don’t feel comfortable handling glitter is to add the glitter to a spice container and just shake shake shake!

Painting with Apples

eating apples and painting with apples

It’s apple season so we have a ton of apples at home! Apples are the perfect activity to work on the color red. We made stamps using apples, we painted with apple cookie cutters and even our fingers.

Get all the tips on setting up an apple stamping activity here

Don’t have washable paint? Make your own edible paint with yogurt. (Recipe here)

Scissor Skills With Red Paper

For this activity chose the lobster page from the ocean coloring booklet. The idea is that you select one color and cut long stripes and present glue and scissors (scissor skills for toddlers 2 years and up) along with a red coloring page to your toddler.

Start by cutting the stripes of paper and then using either a paintbrush, fingertips or squeezing the glue straight into the paper to paste the color stripes and squares over the coloring page.

For toddlers that do not feel comfortable yet with scissors you can cut squares for them and just work on the ponder grasp (grabbing objects with thumb and index finger) and work on placing the squares over the glue.

Rainbow gelatine Cubes

Kids learn bu playing, exploring and engaging all the senses. Create a Gelatine cube activity by either doing only red cubes or involving other colors. This unflavored Gelatine can be found at the grocery store. I like Unflavored Gelatine better for this activity as unflavored Gelatine has less sugar than regular Jell-O and it is less sticky.

Learn how to make these Gelatine cubes here

Our color red book

All the activities we did that were based on paper I collected them and created a color red booklet. I used red construction paper and stapled all the papers from our activities. I used stamps to write the word red in the cover. You can get very creative with the cover or leave it blank, it’s up to you!

The idea is that as you create activities for each color you create a book for each. Keep them close to your child to review and explore together to reinforce the colors.

I hope this gives you inspiration to do your own red activities. Being exposed to the word red on the color pages as you do the activities helps reinforce pre-reading skills and doing red color activities that are hands-on helps with those pre-writing skills. Get all the coloring pages and printables we used in one place!