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Shapes and Colors and Textures, Oh My!

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    Association of Zoos and Aquariums

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Shapes and Colors and Textures, Oh My!

This is an activity about discovering the colors and beauty of nature. Learners will spend time outdoors, matching paint chip samples, colored paper, or colors of clothing to those found in nature. An extension is also provided for older students to write an essay about their experience. How many colors can you find?

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Paint chips, wallpaper samples, or pieces of color paper cut in various shapes. (You can also use the colors and textures in the clothes you and/or participants are wearing.)
  • Pencils
  • Journals


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Biodiversity
    • Ecology
      • Ecosystems
      • Biodiversity
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Vision
  • Mathematics
    • Geometry
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations

Informal Categories

  • Nature and Environment
  • Outdoor Activity
  • Physical Activity


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • be mobile

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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