The Colourful Adventure (Reggio USA)

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Preschool / Pre-Primary / Nursery / Pre-Kindergarten Lesson Plan – Learning colours, Reggio Emilia philosophy

Title:ย “The Colourful Adventure”

Age Group:ย Preschool / Pre-Primary / Nursery / Pre-Kindergarten (3-5 Years Old)

Learning Framework:ย Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework (ELOF), USA

Educational Approach:ย Reggio Emilia

Learning Outcomes (Based on ELOF):

  1. Perceptual, Motor, and Physical Development: Children demonstrate the fine motor skills needed for activities such as drawing and painting.
  2. Social and Emotional Development: Children express and regulate their feelings about colours.
  3. Language and Literacy: Children engage in conversations about their observations and experiences with colours.
  4. Cognition: Children use matching, sorting, and classifying skills as they explore and experiment with colours.
  5. Approaches to Learning: Children show curiosity and eagerness in exploring colours.

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 conversation about colours and their importance in our world. Ask the children about their favourite colours and where they see them in their environment.

2. Nature Walk and Colour Collection (30 minutes)

Lead the children on a nature walk around the school’s environment. Encourage them to collect natural items in a variety of colours.

3. Story Time (30 minutes)

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

4. Reggio Emilia Inspired Colour Exploration (45 minutes)

Set up different exploration stations that encourage the children to interact with colours. Stations might 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 variety of art materials and encourage the children to create their own artwork. Encourage them to experiment with colour mixing to create new shades and hues.

6. Reflection and Documentation (30 minutes)

Following the Reggio Emilia approach, invite the children to reflect on their artwork and the colours they discovered or created. Document these reflections and the artwork itself for future discussions and learning opportunities.


Assessment will be ongoing through observation of the children’s engagement, interaction, and understanding during the activities. Children’s conversations and artworks can also be documented for assessment and future learning discussions.

Alignment with Reggio Emilia Approach:

This lesson aligns with the Reggio Emilia approach by engaging children in a self-guided exploration of colours using natural and varied resources. It also emphasizes the importance of reflection and documentation in the learning process.

Link to ELOF:

The lesson supports the key domains of ELOF by encouraging perceptual, motor, and physical development; social and emotional development; language and literacy skills; cognitive development; and positive approaches to learning.






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