Are you trying to teach your child to learn his or her colors? Do you want you toddler or preschooler to be able to recognize colors? Looking for fun ways to teach colors? There are many creative activities that can help your little one master color recognition.
Please remember that children learn at different rates. Some children may know all of their colors well before age 2. For other children, it can be normal for them to be much older. Try to be patient and remember that each child is differently. If you suspect your child might be colorblind, consult with your pediatrician.
Tip for Teaching Children Colors #1: Constantly name the colors of objects. Ask the child frequently what color something is.
One of the most effective ways to teach your child colors is to frequently name colors of household objects, toys and more. For example, if he/she has a blue ball, point to the ball and say “blue, the ball is blue, can you say blue?” Then later ask, “What color is the ball?” If necessary, answer your own question and say “Blue, the ball is blue, say blue!”
It can also be very help to learn colors using food. For example, if the child is eating red jello, say “Your jello is red. Can you say ‘red‘”? You can repeat this with green beans, red strawberries, etc.
If you go for walks, be sure to point out everything and name them by their color. For example, you might say “Look at the brown dog!”, or “The leaves are green. Can you say ‘green’?“
Tip for Teaching Children Colors #2: Paint or color with many different colors.
Painting is something that nearly all children enjoy and can help them distinguish colors. If you prefer to avoid a mess, crayons can work as well. Be sure to tell the child each color and point out the color he/she is using. You might say, “Wow, I like the red circle you made.” Or, “Do you want some green paint?”
If you want to be really creative, you might try scratch ‘n sniff paints. Read “How to Make Scratch ‘n Sniff Watercolors / Paint” for a great recipe. Of course, regular, washable paints are fantastic too. You can buy them at Wal-Mart, Target or craft stores. One fun activity is to mix the colors together to see what colors form.
You can also try bathtub fingerpaints. You can buy these, or make your own. You might take a look at “How to Make Homemade Bathtub Fingerpaints” for instructions.
Tip for Teaching Children Colors #3: Read, read, read.
Reading is one of the best ways to teach your child anything, not just colors. There are numerous books you can find that will teach your toddler about colors. Stop by your local library to find a book or two. If the librarian doesn’t appeart to be too busy, you might ask for her or his advice. You can also search on amazon.com or half.com.
Tip for Teaching Children Colors #4: Have a color of the day.
A color of the day is another meaningful way to help your child learn colors. Each day, announced a different color of the day. Then, try to point out random things around the house that are the color. Try to have at least one activity that corresponds with the color. For example, if the color of the day is blue, you might serve blueberry flavored yogurt at lunch.
Tip for Teaching Children Colors #5: Play With play-doh of various colors.
Most kids adore play-doh. Having different colors available can help them learn, or at least try to learn the names of the colors of them. You can buy play-doh, or if you want, create your own. For some homemade recipes, read “Fun, Edible, and Safe-to-Eat Playdough Recipes for Kids.” The jello playdough recipe is recommended to help children learn colors.
Tip for Teaching Children Colors #6: Provide toys that teach about colors.
This one is especially good for younger children and babies. Have a variety of brightly colored toys available such as blocks, rings, etc. Tell the child the color of each object, say things such as “Can you put the red ring on?”
These are just six tips on how to teach you child about colors. For advice on teaching the letters of the alphabet, take a peek at “15 Fun Ways to Teach Your Child the Letters of the Alphabet” and “For some more fun activities, read “10 More Fun Ways to Teach Your Child the Letters of the Alphabet.” Another helpful article to read is “Creative Ways to Amuse and Entertain Your Toddler.”
Happy Teaching! Have Fun and Enjoy!