LOOKING FOR A TRUE COLOR
An unplugged activity for children aged 6, to learn the names of the colours.
By Jelena, Code Week Teacher in North Macedonia
This coding game is presented to the first-grade pupils with previously coded schemes for their steps’ movements. There is a chessboard marked on the floor. On one side of the chessboard, there is a coloured sheet of paper on which is written ‘start’ but not the name of that colour.
Each pupil chooses which colour to start with (a red, yellow, green or blue sheet of paper), and one by one they should reach their chosen colour at the end of the other side using ‘coded steps’.
On the other side of the chessboard behind the last row, there is a chair coated in one of the four colours the pupils started with. On each chair, there is a sheet of coloured paper with the same colour as the one of the chair and with written the name of the colour on it.
The directions are given by the teacher and also the steps (arrows) are written on the board so that each pupil must follow them (left, right, up, down) in order to reach the goal.
After each pupil reaches his or her coloured chair, he or she sits down and holds his coloured sheet of paper and reads aloud the name of the colour. Once everyone is seated on the correct chair, the coding game is over. In this way, the pupils who have begun their journey to find the name of their colour can learn the names of the colours in a more interesting and playful way.