The “If” Colors Game

This past month I have incorporated this simple colors game into my classes and now I can’t get through a class without the students asking for it. I thought I would share in case you need something to spice up your classes for the last leg of the year. Here’s the game:

I tell the students to look at and take note of what color they are wearing. Be sure to tell them not to tell you because they will scream it out all at the same time. πŸ˜‰ Once they look I tell them that I am going to say “If you are wearing blue, do a frog jump” (you can say anything here) “do a skip across the floor” “chasse in a circle.” Β If you give them longer things to do like chasse or skip, and say the colors faster many of them will be dancing at the same time and voila — you have a dance.

Once we run out of colors, I start to say other things like, “if you have a pet, do a jump;” Fun things like this will get them moving. To be honest, I love to say these questions because I get to learn things about them that I might not already know! If you have 5’s they love to come up with their own and say them to their classmates.

My favorite part about this game is sometimes I use it to manage. Instead of calling names I say “If you are wearing green, go find a hoop to stand in.” Β It totally works. Funny story: I said this once and 4 year old Jesse said “I have green on my underwear!” (haha!)

How do you use colors in your classes? Do you use them to manage? Do you ever ask specific questions to get Β them thinking and moving? I would love to hear!


  1. I use a similar game for drilling skills. When we learn a new skill I will say, “anyone who’s wearing pink do TWO shuffle hop steps on the right”. Repeat varying the number of steps and what foot until everyone has had a chance to go. Usually I will do some silly ones like “anyone who is a girl / wearing tap shoes / loves to dance… etc” at the end.

    I will have to try it where they do different movements – sounds like fun! πŸ™‚

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      haha the silly ones are the best. maybe I will try it in tap too! Thanks for the idea and the comment Cait! Hope all is well! πŸ™‚

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  3. This is great, except I teach in a school where the kids wear uniforms! It can be challenging sometimes to break them up into groups – hair color, gender, pants/skirts/shorts, are all pretty limiting. And boring! Sometimes I do shoe color, but the groups stay pretty big. Can’t wait to have a class of multi-colored-clothed kids someday so I can try this trick πŸ™‚

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      ahh! Lauren, that would be tricky! Can you do something like a favorite food? I know that puts more trust in them, but was trying to think of things you could use. πŸ™‚

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