Color Card Challenge

Color Card Challenge lesson plan

  • 1.

    After children master games such as Simon Says; Red Light, Green Light; or Mother, May I?, they are more likely to grasp the concepts in this one.

  • 2.

    Color, shapes, public speaking, creative movement, taking turns, and memory—this activity challenges children, and is lots of fun in the process. When children help design a game, they are usually eager to join in.

  • 3.

    Offer one sheet of each color of construction paper. Start simple, and gradually increase the number and complexity of directions.

  • 4.

    To make the game: Choose a shape and color of construction paper. Draw a BIG shape with Crayola® Washable Markers to fill the paper. Cut out the shape with Crayola® Scissors.

  • 5.

    What could your Color Card Challenge the group to do? (one hop forward, turn around, sit on the floor). An adult can help write your directions on your Color Card with a marker.

  • 6.

    To play: Start with three or four cards. You and your friends explain what your directions mean. Practice first.

  • 7.

    An adult or child leader chooses a Color Card. Who remembers what to do? Pick another leader to choose the next challenge.

  • 8.

    Add more shapes, or different colors, with new directions to increase the challenge.


  • Letters, Numbers & Words
  • Listening
  • Reading Pictures
  • Talking
  • Physical: Balance
  • Physical: Eye - Hand Coordination
  • Physical: Large Motor
  • Social & Emotional: Pretend Play
  • Thinking: Problem Solving
  • Thinking: Understanding Concepts