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Learning some colours with… Pocoyo!!!

24 Aug

Using our pupils interests to catch their attention in class is the best way to create motivation. The days I keep an eye in the playground during break time, I like speaking with them about the tv programs, songs and films that are popular at the moment. Believe it or not, it is precious information! Moreover, they will look at you differently if you can have a chat about the singer,  tv character or whoever is most popular at the moment. It is a good investment of time doing a little research on the internet or even watching some of episodes of the cartoons or tv series they like in order to be updated on what is cool for your pupils.

I remember a few years ago when some students asked me to play some Miley Cyrus songs (when she was still cute!!!) and I was able to sing one by heart and even dance the choreography. For a few days I was the star of the school, they couldn’t believe their teacher liked the same music! I must say I love dancing, so it wasn’t much of a hassle for me 😉

In the case I want to share today, I use the adorable and cute Pocoyo TV program to help my little pupils learn the name of some colours in English. At the moment, Pocoyo and Dora are the stars, so I try to include some of their episodes in my lessons.

This is the episode about colours that I use in class:


Once we have watched it, I like playing some TPR games. For these games I prefer to use some colourful scarfs but it is also possible to use flashcards.



Some of the games we play are:

“who is wearing something…?” They have to put their hands up and say “ME!” if they are wearing the mentioned colour.

–  “If you wear….” Depending on the colour I show, they have to do certain movements such as stand up, twirl, jump, clap hands, etc.

– “Find something…” I show them a colour and they have to find an object in the classroom that is the same colour.

– “Colourful catwalk” I tell them to put one of the colourful scarfs on and if they choose the correct one they can model around the class showing the scarf off. (Girls love this game!)


If you have a computer, a tablet or a smartboard in class, you can play these online games altogether:





There is also this song that I like using when teaching colours to very young learners because it is quite repetitive and they easily learn it and sing it along with me. I saw the song written somewhere ages ago and I think I modified the lyrics a bit. Since there wasn’t any video I made my own 🙂


I’m a party person, and I also enjoy having parties with my little pupils. This is why I like organizing the Balloon Party with them. What does it consist of? Very simple, I give them some balloon templates that they have to colour and then punch out. When everybody has finished their balloon, we display them on a wonderful poster to decorate the classroom.

Learning colours with Elmer the Patchwork Elephant

3 Jul


Using the story of “Elmer” by David Mckee to help learning the colours is one of the best ways I have found when teaching very young learners.


The book comes with a soft toy of Elmer, which is very useful since young children love being able to touch the characters of the stories they are told.


Once you have told the story showing the book images, it is always good to tell the story again but in a different way so they can hear other voices and accents. For example, it is possible to use a video like this one I found:

Besides telling the story, there is this song about Elmer and his colours that they enjoy singing. It can be sing to the tune of “BINGO” song that we all know:




In order to help them get familiar with the name of the colours in English, you can play TPR games with the Elmer soft toy or some colour flashcards like these ones:



If you want to have your pupils doing a little task about colours, here I have this worksheet where they have to finish colouring Elmer’s body. Once they have done it, you can ask them to tell you which colours they decided to use.

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