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Color Spy

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    University of Washington

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Color Spy

In this activity (16th on the page), learners play a variation of the "I Spy" game to explore color. Learners work in teams with each team assigned a color. Learners are given 10 minutes to find as many objects as they can in their assigned color. They earn 1 point for each object they find. After the 10 minutes, learners add up their points and then search for the colored objects that the other teams did not find. The team with the most total points after both searches wins!

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Game


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Pencils and paper


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Body
      • The Brain and Nervous System
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Vision
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Sciences
    • Light and Optics
      • Sunlight and Color

Informal Categories

  • Games


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • be mobile

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Chudler, Ph.D., Eric H.


  • All Rights Reserved, Eric H. Chudler, ©2009


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