Color Viewer Preschool Activity

Kids interact with many different colors as they play and learn. Explore color and how it changes with this fun preschool science and sensory activity.

color viewer preschool science and sensory activity

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Colors are everywhere in kids' surroundings, both indoors and outdoors: in clothing, in toys, in foods, and in nature. 

The variety of colors kids see every day helps them grow and develop with many different experiences. 

Kids use their sense of sight to recognize familiar things, as well as to make new discoveries.

They see dark clouds appear in the sky before it rains; they see colorful flowers bloom from tiny buds; they see a new paint color emerge when they mix two or more craft paints together.

The color viewers you make in this tutorial engage the sense of sight in a color changing activity, promoting sensory and fine motor skills.

 

supplies for color viewers

 

Supplies
  • cardboard
  • plastic sheeting or sandwich baggies
  • tape
  • glue

 

color viewer with plastic lens kids craft

 

Instructions

All sizes are approximate and can easily be adjusted according to preference or available materials.

1. Cut two equal size pieces from cardboard: 5 inches (12 cm) wide x 8 inches (20 cm) long including handles. 

2. Cut away sections of each piece of cardboard leaving a 1 inch (2.5 cm) border around the viewer opening and a 3 inch (7.5 cm) long handle.

2. Rub glue stick over the cardboard border of the opening on one piece of cardboard.

3. Place colored plastic over the opening. Rub glue stick over the edges of the plastic.

 

Glue two sides of color viewer together with lens between

 

4. Place the second viewer on top of the plastic.

 

green and blue color viewers preschool science activity

 

5. Wrap tape around the edges to decorate. This also strengthens the viewer.

You might think of other ways to decorate, with crayons, markers or even stickers, to engage creative skills along with fine motor and sensory skills.

 

 green and blue color viewers science and sensory craft and activity for kids

 

Easy to make and so much fun to use! Look through a viewer to see how the landscape color changes.

What happens if you put one viewer over the other?

 

This activity also provides some opportunity for scientific exploration.

  • The color you see through a viewer will vary depending on how many layers of plastic you use in the viewer. We used 2-3 layers of each color. The green is sandwich baggies and the blue is a transparent plastic drop cloth.
  • Place one viewer over another to observe changes.
  • Hold the viewer close to an object and then far away to observe changes.

 

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