Preschool color activities like this Bear Sees Colors Activity makes learning colors in preschool fun…and paring a fun color snack with a book makes the concepts really stick for kids. After reading the book, make this color snack with the kiddos to develop motor skills. Then, go on a color search as a fun way to teach colors but also promote visual discrimination skills, helping them to identify visual differences that necessary skills for reading and writing. Add this colorful snack idea to our activities to teach colors to kids.
This Bear Sees Colors activity is part of a series of blog posts where we explored preschool books and came up with hands-on, multisensory activities to extend the book.
Bear Sees Colors Activity
We made a creative and healthy snack based on the book and all of it’s colors. Preschool kids (and older kids!) will love to seek and hunt for colors with these ice cream cone color scopes, then use the cones as an edible snack container. This is such a great activity for a preschool playdate. Simply set out a plate of healthy snacks and the color scopes while the book is being read.
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Color Snack Idea
This color snack is easy to make with kids, or to set up a healthy, colorful snack for the whole family.
When we read Bear Sees Colors by Karma Wilson and loved it’s rhyming story and fun illustrations. We are HUGE fans of the other Bear books, (Bear Snores On is one of our absolute favorites!) so reading Bear Sees Colors was fun for us. We thought it would be fun to go on a color hunt with our snack using an ice cream cone telescope and seek out colors like Bear does in the book.
This color snack requires one main ingredient, and then a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables.
Simply fill up a cake ice cream cone with healthy treats: fruits, nuts, and veggies for a different snack that will get the kids to smile.
Kids can get involved with the fruits and veggies prep. Allowing kids to help in the kitchen is a powerful way to help children develop fine motor skills.
We used the same idea for our Color Scopes based on the book, Bear Sees Colors and made the cake cones into color telescopes.
For more ways to add color hunts to teaching colors, add the “Write the Room” cards from the Colors Handwriting Kit. Kids can scan the room for the color cards and then write the color names onto their paper, working on visual discrimination, visual scanning, and color identification.
Make a Color Scope Using a Cake Ice Cream Cone:
It is so easy to make an ice cream cone snack for kids. To make the color snack telescope, grab a few cake ice cream cones.
Using a sharp knife (this is a job for an adult.) Slice off the end of the cone. I wanted the grid-like bottom of the cone to stay intact for our color scopes, for a couple of reasons: First, it was difficult to try to cut out the grid. Second, I wanted the kids to be able to put fruit and veggies from our snack into the cones and the grid held the treats in. Third, if the grid was removed from the cone, the cone would probably squash when handled by little curious hands, resulting in crushed cone snack. That would be an equally tasty and fun treat, I’m sure, but ineffective when it comes to hunting for colors in your snack 😉
Colors Snack Idea
In the book, Bear goes hunting with a few friends and sees all sorts of wonderful colors in the world around him. Bear Sees Colors doesn’t hit all of the colors of the rainbow, but we decided to make our snack include a bunch of tasty berries, nuts, vegetables, and of course, Teddy Graham Crackers.
The nice thing about this snack idea, is that you can use whatever you’ve got in your pantry and fridge. Pull out a plate and load it up with anything colorful.
We read through the book again as we ate our snack, and when Bear saw a color, I had the kids look through their color scopes to seek and find the color on the plate.
I had them hunt for more colors, too. I called out a color and they had to search for it using their color scope. They got a big kick out of this activity!
We then filled up our cones with healthy treats and had a colorful snack!
This snack idea was fun for all of my kids, but would be great for preschool kids, especially as they identify colors. How can you think of using our ice cream scopes?
See what the other bloggers on the Book Club Play Dates team have made for the book, Bear Sees Colors: Rainbow Sensory Activities from Fun-a-Day Colors Busy Bag from Craftulate Colorful Pre-Writing Activity from Still Playing School
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