“Color colorcito” is a simple tag game that my kindergarten students love! In fact, they ask for it almost every class! I am still trying to understand why they love it so much, as it is just so simple. I have also used it as a brain break with my 4th and 5th grade students, and they have had the same exciting reaction. I don’t play as often with the older grade levels because we play it indoors in my classroom, where littler bodies have more space.
Before playing the game, it is important to state the rules clearly. If playing it indoors, you might want to ask your students just to walk fast instead of running. I like playing in my classroom because I have so many colorful things in the room, and it makes it exciting for them to have so many options for the colors. I also need to remind them that they need to be careful with the posters, and any art I have in the room and our classroom library. Once the game is over, I ask everyone to check the room and help to make sure everything is how it was before playing the game.
I am lucky that I see my kindergarten students in groups of 8 which makes it easier to keep things under control. That being said, I have also played with my 18 fourth graders and 21 fifth graders and so far we haven’t had any collisions yet. Fingers crossed!
How to Play The Game
There is not really that much preparation, but I like to project slides on the board with the names of the different colors in Spanish, just in case any of the students forget how to say a color.
*Thanks to Teacher’s Designs for the beautiful clipart
Pick one student to be “it.” That student will have to say “Color colorcito” followed by a color in Spanish. Students walk fast around the room looking for that color to touch to be safe. The “it” student will try to tag a student who is not touching the color. Then this student becomes the new “it” and the game starts all over again.
I typically play this game for no more than 3 or 4 minutes. It’s a good, quick brain break where everyone gets to participate and move a lot!
Are you ready to try it in your classes? Let me know in the comments how it goes!
You might like this resource on Teachers Pay Teachers:
I used to put the colors on stakes and set them in the field at daycare for my pre-k. I would shout a color or hold up “rojo” and they would all run to the red stake. Then I would call another color. They would run to that stake. Naturally, I would spread the stakes out so they would use up lots of energy! Nap time was wonderful on those days!???
Thank you for offering all these ideas! I am a mother of three who has just started going into two of my girls’ classrooms once a week to teach Spanish. Since I am not a teacher nor do I have experience teaching Spanish lessons, I have been seeking out resources. We used this game (with some visual cues) last week, and it was a great way to switch up our time together! I have bookmarked your site as I will continue to need suggestions and encouragement. Muchas gracias por compartir!