Color Wonder™ Shapes Show Up

Color Wonder™ Shapes Show Up lesson plan

Turn simple shapes into colorful geometric designs with no-mess Crayola Color Wonder products.

  • 1.

    Collect different shapes of everyday and recycled objects to trace, such as round plastic lids, small rectangular boxes, or a triangular block. Talk about the names of these shapes and find similar shapes in your surroundings.

  • 2.

    Trace several shapes with Crayola Color Wonder™ Soft Sticks® on a large piece of Color Wonder Paper. It may help to have an adult hold the shape in place. Overlap some of the lines to make new shapes.

  • 3.

    Using both Color Wonder Soft Sticks and Paint, color in the traced shapes—or the new shapes that you made. Use lots of different hues so the shapes really stand out from each other. Watch the colors appear as you fill in the shapes. Try dabbing the paint to create texture. Overlap colors to make new hues, such as yellow and blue to make light green. Fill in all the spaces or leave some blank—whichever look you like best.

  • 4.

    You have created a beautiful abstract painting! How many different shapes can you find? What are their names? Which colors did you choose?


  • Children recognize simple geometric shapes such as circle, square, and triangle.
  • Children concentrate on eye-hand coordination as they trace around and color a variety of shapes.
  • Children overlap some shapes to form new ones.
  • Children name all of the shapes and colors used in their art.


  • Introduce a famous artist, such as Piet Mondrian, who used this technique. Show some of his paintings to inspire children’s creativity. Talk about the colors, lines, and shapes he used to make his dramatic work.
  • Children with special needs might focus on one shape at a time. Color Wonder Paints are especially easy to use by children with motor control challenges because they have large handles and the paint is already in the brush. Soft Sticks need very little pr
  • Assessment: Children find the same shapes of their tracers in the classroom. Children carefully trace around their shapes and overlap some of them to make new shapes. Children can identify each of the shapes and colors they used.