1. Readiness Games
  • Large Group (10 and up)

  • Grades 1-2

  • None

  • Less Than 10 minutes

Development Goal

To develop color identification and listening skills

Before You Start

Skills Practiced: Spatial awareness, running, walking, skipping and following directions

  • Gather several items of various colors
  • Identify visual boundaries (coned or chalked)
  • Review colors
  • Identify and demonstrate a movement for players to use, such as walking, skipping, chicken walk, galloping or running.
  • Discuss how to moving while being aware of others

Set Up

Place colored items throughout playing area.

How to Play

  • Call out a color. Every player must move to a dot of that color and place one foot on the dot.
  • Be sure that everyone found a dot, and there aren’t too many players on one color.
  • Give players the chance to name other objects with that color. “The sun is yellow! So are our pencils!”
  • Start all over with a new color.


  • Instead of calling out a color, call out an object such as the grass. Playworks must run to a dot of that object’s color (i.e. green).

Indoor Modifications:

  • Modify movements so that they are safe for the area that you are using