Eye-Popping Color Name Game

Eye-Popping Color Name Game lesson plan

Have fun with your friends and family when you ask for the juice naranja or point out your sneakers blanc. Design and play this game to learn cool color names in other languages.

  • 1.

    If you ever felt angry and were seeing red, you would see rojo in Spanish and rouge in French. Feeling blue? You would feel azul in Spanish and bleu in French. Find Spanish and French (or any other language) color names and their pronunciations. Notice that some of the names sound or are spelled almost the same, such as apricot in English and abricot in French. Practice saying and writing the names of your favorite colors in another language.

  • 2.

    Make a fun color-matching game to read and pronounce your new color vocabulary. To make the game, use Crayola Twistables® to create bold and bright designs all over one side of two recycled file folders. With Crayola Scissors, cut the folder into card-size rectangles. You’ll need at least 15 cards.

  • 3.

    Turn the cards over. Color half of each blank rectangle. Create eye-popping designs such as stripes, zigzags, plaids, or dotted patterns.

  • 4.

    On the other half of the rectangle, use black to write a color word in English, French, and/or Spanish. Make sure the color word is different than the color next to it on the card. Draw a black frame around the color word to make it more visible. Each color word should have a color to match, but not on the same card.

  • 5.

    Play the game with rules you agree on, perhaps like dominoes. Challenge friends and family to play and learn new color words with you.


  • LA: Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, including those that signal precise actions, emotions, or states of being and that are basic to a particular topic.
  • 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.
  • VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.
  • VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.


  • Students create the game cards in various languages such as Spanish, French, German, Chinese, etc.
  • Hold a class-wide or small group color bee to challenge students' knowledge of color terms in a variety of languages. Have students compose rules for playing the game.