Nature Color Wheel Activity

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This nature color wheel free printable is such a simple and easy activity that you can do with your kids year round! Such a fun and easy way to learn colors and incorporate nature into learning. Your children will love finding items to match the colors on their color wheel.

Our family loves spending time exploring outdoors. My boys are at the age where the temperature or weather doesn’t seem to matter: all they want to do is play outside!

I love giving them as much fresh air as possible, but also work to find ways to incorporate school and learning into the mix. This DIY Nature Color Wheel is a fun way to not only enjoy being outside, but to also work on their color recognition and talk about the lifecycle of nature.

We are navigating homeschool preschool this year, and one of the things that was important to us was to try to incorporate nature as much as possible. From nature hikes and games to play in the woods with kids, to making mud pies, learning about the water cycle and the lifecycle of butterflies, we’ve worked to make learning about nature a big part of “school!”

nature color wheel
Nature Color Wheel photo by @bright_little_brains

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Nature Color Wheel with Free Printable

After seeing my friend Rozanne of Big Little Brains create this Nature Color Wheel activity with her little ones, I knew we had to do it too! I’m thankful to her for providing the beautiful photos throughout this blog post. Click here to follow her on Instagram, where she posts amazing daily activities to do with your little ones!

To help you with your nature color wheel fun, I’ve also created this free Nature Color Wheel Printable for you!

Grab yours at the link below and use it as much as you would like.

nature color wheel for toddlers
Nature Color Wheel photo by @bright_little_brains

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Free Printable Color Wheel Card

I’ve made this printable color wheel that you can use to explore the colors you find in your own backyard, neighborhood or another adventure!

You can print the color wheel on paper, but I recommend printing it on card stock (like this kind) instead, as it holds up better. If you are printing it on paper at home, you can also cut out the color wheel and paste it onto a paper plate for added sturdiness!

Print as many copies as you need!

You can also create your own Nature Color Wheel from scratch using markers if you don’t have a printer at home. This makes such a fun outdoor scavenger hunt.

nature color wheel with free printable
Nature Color Wheel photo by @bright_little_brains

Supplies Needed

You’ll need to gather a few supplies for this fun and easy activity!

  • Nature color wheel (Download yours by clicking the button below!)

How to use a nature color wheel

nature color wheel printable
Nature Color Wheel photo by @bright_little_brains
  1. Print out your nature color wheel printable onto card stock or paper.
  2. Cut out the wheel. If you’ve printed it on regular paper, tape or glue it onto a paper plate to make it sturdier.
  3. And clips to wheel so that your child can save their treasures.
  4. Head outside and let the exploring begin!

I like to start by going over all of the colors together with my children. We walk around the yard or neighborhood, point out the different hues of similar colors. I then challenge them to find something that matches every color on their nature color wheel.

Part of the fun is letting them explore on their own and see what they come up with! You can wander together on a color walk or nature hike, or set them loose in your backyard to discover on their own and bring their items back to you.

One of the best parts about this activity is you can recreate it over and over again in different places for even more fun! Take your color wheel with you to the park, on a hike in the woods, or even to the beach. Your children will love find different items and materials to create their own color wheel each time!

Pair it with a how seeds and plants grow lapbook to further expand on the conversation, or use it while exploring outside and learning about the weather with a printable weather wheel.

This is also a great outdoor activity for birthday parties with a nature or outside theme, like a bug birthday party!

You can also use your nature color wheel to mark the changes of the seasons. Take a photo of their nature color wheel in spring, summer, fall and winter, and display them all together when you’re finished. Ask your children to point out things that are similar (like leaves), and how they’re still different (the different colors throughout the year).

 I hope this Nature Color Wheel activity brings as much fun to your day as it does for my kids!

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