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The Color Orange Lesson Plan

Christine, wife, mother, homemaker for over 40 years, has an NVQ3 in Childcare & Education, a diploma in Naturopathic Nutrition and TEFL.

Orange food

Orange food

Using all that is orange colored to learn about and enjoy our world

Another Rainbow Lesson Plan

There are many seasons in life and these can be used to teach us so much about our world. At the time of writing, the world seems to be an orange mix of vibrant colors, as the seasons change from Summer to Autumn- or Fall. As leaves that are the color orange display their glory on the trees, they ring out a message of change, vibrancy, enthusiasm and creativity to prepare for the time of shorter days and colder climates. Even in their warning, before falling in orange brown death from the trees, they give out an appetite and power that prepares us for the Winter months. It's as if they ask the question, "Are we ready?" There is so much around us to inspire us to be creative, thoughtful and enthusiastic about life.

In teaching children, much can be gained if they learn to be prepared and plan for their future, so that they are the master of their lives, rather than just being tossed around from one wind to the next. We want a generation who can say, "yes, we are ready and willing."

Although the ideas and activities in this plan were originally used with 3-7 year olds, they can easily be adapted for other ages too. In fact even adults will want to get stuck in and enjoy the activities with them.

Are We Ready- - For this Lesson Plan?

Fun Foot Painting

To begin your session, have a tray of orange colored paint placed at one end of a long roll of plain paper and a bowl of warm, soapy water with a towel at the other end. Get the children to remove their socks and shoes. They walk through the tray of paint first and then along the length of paper, leaving orange footprints as they go. At the end they wash and dry their feet.

Introduce the session by writing a caption over the top of the paper, "We are ready to go."

Singing Time

Have the words, music etc. ready so that you are confident to lead strongly and get the children to join in.

Sing the following words to the tune of "three blind mice":

Stop look think (x2)

Before you cross the road (x2)

You use your eyes, you use your ears (x2)

And if no traffic at all appears,

Then you may cross the road.

A further song suggestion: To the tune of "If you're happy and you know it", sing "If you're ready and you know it" or "If you're ready for the story" etc....

Getting Ready To Cross The Road

You will need a traffic light that can be moved up and down as the lights change (I made mine out of card)

Show the traffic light and ask them what drivers have to do when they see a red light and a green light. When they see the color orange (amber), what must they do?

As you change the colour on your traffic lights, get the children to clap when they see red, put their hands in the air above their heads when they see the color orange and run on the spot when they see green. Keep changing the colours and let the children respond accordingly.

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Talk about how you get ready to cross the road. What must you do first?

A Bible Story

Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.

— Matthew 25v1-13

Ready For A Story Telling - The Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids

(from the above quote.)

Using candles (with close supervision according to the age of the children).

At this point in the lesson plan, get the children sitting quietly in a circle on chairs and as you tell this story, you could light candles for each of the five lamps that was ready and filled with oil.

Get the children to pretend to be asleep when they hear you say that the bridesmaids were resting.

Get the children to shout "The bridegrooms coming!" at the appropriate moment in the story.

When the children hear the part of the story where 5 bridesmaids went out to buy oil, 5 children leave the circle and an adult gives them a lighted candle each to take back into the circle, except they have to leave it outside (on a safe place) because they couldn't get in, the door was locked.

A Fun Game- What we need to get ready

Have a box of assorted items that they might need to get ready for different occasions (the same number for each): e.g. going on holiday, going to school, Christmas.

Divide them into two teams. Explain how many items they need to find. Each stand in a line at the opposite end of the room to the box. On ready, steady, GO- A child from each team runs to the box, finds an item that they need for their allotted occasion and returns with it to their team at the other end of the room. They continue until all their items have been retrieved from the box and returned to their team. The first one to do so, wins! You could give each team a separate box to place them in.

Suggestions for Getting Ready Items for Previous Game

If possible, choose orange coloured items.

Going on holidayGoing to schoolChristmas


pencil case


sun cream

lunch box

red candle

sun hat

book bag

wrapped present


school tie

tree decoration

Orange Food For Snack Time

You will need plates, (age appropriate) knives, bowl warm water, juice squeezer

Provide a selection of orange colored food such as apricots, oranges, grapefruits, carrots and peppers. Talk about the different types of food, their nutritious value, where they grow and how you prepare them. Help the children to prepare according to their kind and encourage the children to try them.

Orange food

Orange food

Arts & Crafts With Orange Brown Leaves

Have a selection of dried leaves to make a colorful tree.


Give each child a piece of paper and get them to rub over the flattened leaves with red, yellow and orange colored wax crayons onto the top part of their paper, forming the leaves, joining them up with lines for branches and adding a trunk underneath. Experiment with mixing red and yellow. What colour does it make? Write a caption for their pictures.

Check Out My Other Rainbow Lesson Plans In This Series

  • A Collection Of Free Lesson Plans In Rainbow Colors
    Here at last, you will find a selection of free lesson plans in different colors of the rainbow all in one place. If you are looking for a thread to hold your themes together in a colorful fashion, then this could be what you are looking for.

Guestbook- Are You Ready To Share Your Comments?

Rose Jones on October 13, 2012:

Very nice - who ever thought of a lesson plan on the color orange. Pinned to my homeschooling and teaching board.

anonymous on November 15, 2010:

Cute lighthearted lens idea. I really enjoyed my visit.

jbraithwaite3 on October 25, 2010:

I think every color has its meaning and I don't know about so much the meaning of the orange color.

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blue22d on October 08, 2010:

I love this lens. Such a great way to introduce children to fall colors and fun games for indoors during the winter.

Sandy Mertens from Frozen Tundra on September 15, 2010:

Nice fall lens. This sounds like fun.

tandemonimom lm on September 15, 2010:

Sounds like fun!

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