Helping your child learn and recognize their colors can be an every day thing. To not only teach them their colors each day but to reinforce the lessons they have learned try these activities:
- Point out items throughout the day: in the house, at the store, clothing or toys and ask what color they are.
- For each season you can have a wealth of outdoor lessons about colors as in the fall you talk about browns, yellows, red and orange and in the winter learn about black and white. Take advantage of those opportunities by gathering leaves, picking flowers or decorating for an upcoming holiday.
- Use construction paper like flash cards. Hold up the piece and have your child guess which color it is. Make a game of it, like hide and seek.
- Play with your toddler/preschooler “I Spy” – I spy with my little eye something RED! Now look for red things together in the house or classroom.
- Manipulatives are perfect for learning colors. After all look at the great colors you have with mega blocks and legos.
- Paint or scribble using a colored marker or crayon. This helps with fine motor, color recognition, telling stories and prewriting skills.
- Free paint, and see what colors are created by mixing them.
- Chalk board drawings: Provide chalk (white and black or different colors) let your child scribble on the easel. If you don’t have one go outside and scribble on the sidewalk.
- Create your own color book. Pick a color everyday, for example “brown.” On that day create a page, which says something like, “I love my brown bear.” Use examples from your child’s everyday world. Then cut out, print or create a picture of the brown bear and allow them to glue and decorate. At the end of the week they have created their own Book and they are so proud.
You may also want to include some of these Fine Arts Lesson Plans/ Activities.
Gross Motor and exercise activities while learning colors:
Get them ready for a good nap after playing some of these game!
- Color Hop: It is like a bunny hop. Take sheets of colored paper, large foam puzzle pieces, or create shapes with colored chalk outside. Have your child hop to colors as you call them out.
- Dance and sing to “Ring around the Rosy.”
- For pick up toy time try to call out colors of toys and you and your child pick up only the red toys at once, green toys at once.
Getting snacky with your colors:
Use your imagination! Pretzel stick for brown, orange slices for orange; peel a banana together for yellow or try pineapple slices. Apple slices can be used for yellow, green and red. Kiwi is great for green and carrot sticks for orange. Be creative, if your child likes mango – then go ahead. You can even try the mix of dried fruit and nuts with colored M&M’s in them for a potty teaching treat.
Story time with colors:
“Meet the Colors,” This video was created by the Preschool Prep Series and winners of Dr. Toys 10 Best Educational Products. In this short video toddler will be introduced to characters with names that correspond to there color.