Audrey Hepburn said, “To plant a garden today is to believe in tomorrow.” As preschool teachers we understand the metaphor in that very well! The work we do with our youngest learners is truly planting seeds that germinate and bloom well into the future. A farm theme in preschool and kindergarten is an engaging and fun way to start planting that “garden” of color matching.
Farm Theme Barn and Tractor Color Matching Activities for Preschoolers is an easy prep, or even NO prep, digital or free printable color activity for preschool. The engaging farm themed slides will draw our youngest learners in and give them tons of practice discerning the primary colors.
The preschool matching printables include seven mats, each with a different color barn. Each mat also has three different colored tractors to choose from. Students must select the tractor that matches the barn. Colors included: red, green, purple, yellow, blue, pink, and orange.
You can choose to print the farm preschool color matching mats, or present the preschool farm activities free download to your students in digital format.
Importance of Teaching Colors
Learning to identify colors is one of the earliest concepts most children learn. Color is such a natural part of our everyday lives that it’s easy to make it relevant and meaningful for toddlers and preschoolers.
As preschoolers learn colors, they begin to recognize them in the world around them. Then, they begin to categorize, compare, and contrast items. These are important concepts toward future learning.
Learning colors also gives children a way to describe things verbally. When a child can ask for the red block, or his blue shirt, it can eliminate frustration for all.
Teach colors with lots of interactive games and activities so children get firsthand experience touching, holding, identifying and matching colors. Talk about colors around you, favorite colors, and play games like “I Spy” based on color attributes.
How to Use the Farm Theme Preschool Color Matching Game
Click on the link below. Then, choose which version you want: Printable, Google Slides, Seesaw, or self-correcting Boom cards. When you clink on the link, it will open in the appropriate app and you’re good to go.
In Google Slides, after clicking on the Slides link, click the blue button that says, “Make a Copy.” This ensures that you have your own copy of the slideshow.
In Slides, make sure you are in “Edit” mode, as opposed to “Present” mode. You will see the “Present” button in the upper right hand corner.
In Slides, just click on the number to highlight the box in blue and drag it when the cursor resembles a plus sign with an arrow on each end.
In Seesaw, use the Text tool (click on the large T) to be able to highlight each number to move it.
Finally, if you choose self-correcting Boom cards, remember you must be connected to the Internet in order for the cards to work.
Other Color Learning Activities
Learning colors should be fun and interactive. Sensory play gives kids hands-on practice to see, feel, touch, and even sometimes smell the different colors. Color matching games for preschoolers also provide a fun way to learn without it feeling like a chore.
Other preschool lesson plans can include:
- Sorting activities like sorting a pile of mixed color pom poms or blocks into groups by color.
- Create a sensory bin filled with different colored objects that students must find and place in a container of a corresponding color.
- Incorporate dramatic play by sorting your pretend play area into costumes of the same color.
- Teach students fun color songs and fingerplays.