Colours in our World (Steiner UK)

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Preschool / Nursery School / EYFS Lesson Plan – Learning colours, Rudolf Steiner philosophy

Title:ย “Colours in our World”

Age Group:ย Preschool / Nursery School (3-5 Years Old)

Learning Framework:ย Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), United Kingdom

Educational Approach:ย Rudolf Steiner (Waldorf Education)

Learning Outcomes (Based on EYFS):

  1. Personal, Social and Emotional Development: They express their feelings and ideas about different colours.
  2. Communication and Language: They use language to describe colours and their experiences.
  3. Physical Development: They engage in outdoor activities and art, developing their fine motor skills.
  4. Literacy: They listen to stories about colours, enhancing their listening and comprehension skills.
  5. Mathematics: They identify, sort, and categorize objects by colour.
  6. Understanding the World: They explore the natural environment to find different colours.
  7. Expressive Arts and Design: They express their creativity through artwork involving colours.

Resources Needed:

  • Natural materials for colour exploration (flowers, leaves, fruits, vegetables)
  • Watercolour paints and paper
  • Colourful children’s literature
  • Silk cloths in various colours
  • Waldorf dolls dressed in different colours

Lesson Plan:

1. Introduction (15 minutes)

Begin with a group discussion about colours in their daily life. Ask children to share their favourite colours and why they like them.

2. Nature Walk and Colour Collection (30 minutes)

Go on a nature walk around the school premises. Encourage children to collect natural items of different colours and discuss where these colours are found in nature.

3. Story Time (30 minutes)

Read a colour-themed children’s book, like “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” by Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle. Discuss the story and the colours mentioned in the book.

4. Colour Sorting with Natural Materials (45 minutes)

Back in the classroom, ask the children to sort the collected items by colour. This activity helps children observe and understand different colours and enhances their sorting and categorising skills.

5. Artistic Expression with Watercolours (45 minutes)

Provide children with watercolour paints and paper. Encourage them to mix primary colours to create secondary ones. Reinforce the Steiner principle of focusing on the process rather than the end result.

6. Free Play with Colorful Objects (30 minutes)

Set up a play area with Waldorf dolls dressed in different colours and silk cloths. Encourage children to use these items to create their own stories and scenarios, promoting imaginative play.

7. Reflection and Sharing (30 minutes)

Conclude the day by asking children to share their experiences from the day’s activities. This strengthens their learning and supports language development.


Assessment will be ongoing through observation of children’s participation, understanding, and engagement in activities. Photos of their activities and artworks can be taken for documentation.

Alignment with Steiner Philosophy:

The lesson aligns with Steiner’s philosophy by integrating nature, storytelling, and imaginative play into learning about colours. It also emphasises the process of creation over the product, which is in line with Steiner’s focus on creativity and self-expression.

Link to EYFS:

This lesson supports the seven areas of EYFS by promoting personal, social and emotional development, communication and language, physical development, literacy, mathematics, understanding of the world, and expressive arts and design.


United Kingdom


Rudolf Steiner