Colours Around Us: A Journey of Discovery (Reggio Japan)

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Kindergarten / Yochien / Hoiku Lesson Plan – Learning colours, Reggio Emilia philosophy

Title:ย “Colours Around Us: A Journey of Discovery”

Age Group:ย Kindergarten / Yochien / Hoiku (3-5 Years Old)

Learning Framework:ย MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology), Japan

Educational Approach:ย Reggio Emilia

Learning Outcomes (Based on MEXT):

  1. Development of Healthy Mind and Body: Encourage creativity, motor skills, and coordination through various hands-on activities involving colours.
  2. Establishment of the Basis of Living: Cultivate curiosity and understanding of the natural world by exploring colours in the environment.
  3. Familiarisation with Nature and Societal Life: Develop understanding of colours in nature and how they relate to seasons, life processes, and cultural practices.
  4. Development of Expression: Enhance communication skills and expressiveness by encouraging children to express their thoughts and feelings about colours through art and language.

Resources Needed:

  • Natural materials for colour exploration (flowers, leaves, fruits, vegetables)
  • Paints, crayons, and coloured pencils
  • Colourful children’s literature
  • Colour swatches and mixing palettes
  • Mirror boxes
  • Light table

Lesson Plan:

1. Introduction (15 minutes)

Begin with a group discussion about colours. Ask the children about their favourite colours and where they observe these colours in their daily lives.

2. Nature Walk and Colour Collection (30 minutes)

Take a nature walk around the kindergarten grounds or local area. Invite children to collect items of different colours that they find interesting.

3. Story Time (30 minutes)

Read a children’s book that highlights colours, such as “Mix It Up!” by Hervรฉ Tullet. Discuss the story and the colours depicted in it.

4. Reggio Emilia Inspired Colour Exploration (45 minutes)

Create various colour exploration stations where children can interact with and investigate colours. These could include a painting station, a light table with coloured transparent objects, mirror boxes with coloured items, and a colour mixing station.

5. Creative Expression through Art (45 minutes)

Provide a range of art materials and ask children to create their own artworks using the colours they’ve explored or created by mixing.

6. Reflection and Documentation (30 minutes)

End the session by inviting children to reflect on their experiences and the colours they discovered or created. Document their reflections and their artworks for future discussions and learning opportunities.


Observation of children’s engagement and understanding during activities. Documentation of children’s conversations, their creations, and their interactions with peers and materials.

Alignment with Reggio Emilia Approach:

This lesson aligns with the Reggio Emilia approach by prioritising experiential learning, self-expression, and the value of the immediate environment and community as integral to the learning experience.

Link to MEXT:

The lesson supports the objectives of the MEXT guidelines by promoting the development of a healthy mind and body, establishing the basis of living, familiarisation with nature and societal life, and the development of expression.




MEXT (Japan)


Reggio Emilia



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