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Color Card Challenge

Have your students mastered Simon Says; Red Light, Green Light; and Mother, May I? If so, try out this challenge!

  • Directions

    1. Discuss with students what they want this game to do, since they will be assisting with its design. While understanding that following directions and working on a performance skill such as hopping are included, students will be composing the directions that will be written on their shape cards.
    2. Provide one sheet of each color of construction paper for each student (example: yellow, green, blue, red, and purple). As a class, students select a geometric shape for each of the colors of construction paper. Red construction paper may be cut into a large circle, or green construction paper may be cut into a square etc. Assist students in creating the shapes if needed and/or provide a template for each shape.
    3. Once shapes are made, divide students in small groups of 3-4 and have an adult available to guide the group. Discuss what activity they will attach to each shape. For example, they might want the red circles to address touching your toes ("Bend at your waist and touch your toes 5 times.") Use easel paper to document student suggestions for each activity.
    4. Adults assist students with writing the directions on their shape cards. Encourage students to vary their directions. For example, if Johnny wants to use his green square to say, "Hop on your right foot 3 times," then ask Mary to vary her directions on the green square to, "Hop on your left foot 3 times," or "hop on your right foot 5 times."
    5. Collect all completed student cards and organize them according to shape. If students have created 5 shape cards each (circle, square, rectangle, rhombus, triangle, etc.), you now have five different games that can be played separately, or in stations, or a mixture of activities if you mix up the cards.
    6. Let's play! When initially playing the game, an adult may want to guide students through the steps. Once students are familiar with the routine, appoint a student to lead classmates through the Color Card Challenge.
  • Standards

    LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

    LA: Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade level reading and content.

    LA: With guidance and support from adults, respond to questions and suggestions from peers and add details to strengthen writing as needed.

    MATH: Understand the relationship between numbers and quantities; connect counting to cardinality.

    MATH: Describe and compare measurable attributes.

    VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.

  • Adaptations

    Consider creating activity stations using this game. Each shape card is placed at a different station. For example, the circles may be the first station, the square cards may be the second station, etc. Break students into small groups, assign them to a beginning station, and provide them with a time limit for each station. Using a timer would be helpful. A free electronic stopwatch is available at

    Challenge students to create multi-step cards. For example, "Hop on your right foot 5 times; then take 3 steps forward."


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  • Creativity.
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  • Collaboration.
  • Change.
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