I See Something Red

By Activity Bank on Jul 03, 2013

This activity has been revised and was originally created by Kathy Heydt and published in the Perkins Activity and Resource Guide (1st edition, 1992). The second edition is available for purchase.

For the student with low vision, color and color contrast play an important role in identifying people and places. This activity teaches color identification and color matching. Lessons include Concept Development, Orientation and Mobility, and Social Skills.


Various high-contrast colored objects, colored paper to match


  • Set up a group of objects of various colors (red, blue and yellow).Red thread
  • Give the student a piece of colored paper, and ask him to find objects of the same color.
  • Label the color by name and reinforce the name during the activity.


  • Ask the student to find colored objects in a larger area such as a room.
  • Use a wider variety of colors and slowly introduce shades such as light blue/navy blue.
  • Ask the student to locate an object by giving only the name of its color.
  • Pick a “color of the day/week.” Have items of that color placed in different places the student will go to that day (classroom, cafeteria, speech class, etc.) Ask the student to locate the items.

Hint: Name the colors of objects encountered throughout the day.

Red stop sign