Tulips and daffodils are popping up, the grass starts to turn greener and rainy days produce spontaneous rainbows. Spring seems to lend itself to teaching kids about colors. Color recognition is helpful in many ways, including the following:
allows them to make more choices for themselves (blue or green cup),
gives them tools to describe what they want
color recognition is also a prerequisite to learning letters
For all these reasons we are trying these 3 simple activities to teach my toddler about colors. I’ve also included a few book and song suggestions. Of course all of these ideas are simple, inexpensive and take less than 10 minutes, according to my basic plan for teaching kids.
3 Simple Activities:
Sort different colored objects on to colored construction paper. We have these color bears that we really like, but you could use anything that is easily identifiable as that color; letter magnets or large beads , for example. I cut out 4 squares of different colored construction paper and laid them on the ground. Pointing to the different squares, I said the names and then put one bear on each of the four corresponding colors, then asked my toddler to try. He actually got a couple right on the first try.
Another really simple way to teach about colors is to color or paint with your kids. We made this simple rainbow, or some of us did… While coloring or painting be sure to say the color names a lot. It also helps to ask your kiddo to give you a certain color or ask them which color they want next: blue or green?
Make a color necklace like this one with fruit loops and string. Who can say no to a learning activity that involves sugar? It was easy to talk briefly with my preschooler about patterns while we made these and we mentioned colors a few times, but mostly it was just fun.
Of course, I will be found reading multiple children’s books because that’s what I enjoy most. Here are a few of my favorites:
Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni
Find out what happens when a blue dot and a yellow dot star in their very own book about friendship and what happens when colors mix.
White Rabbit’s Color Book by Alan Baker
Another book that teaches about colors mixing with a loveable white bunny rabbit.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle
A brown bear, a purple cat and a blue dog are the stars of this book, the format gives the kids a chance to identify the next animal and color easily.
A basic book about colors like My First Colors is always good for toddlers as well, though a little boring for their designated reader.
If you have one so inclined, you could also make your own simple rainbow book. Find instructions and a book to print out here.
Watch Storybots on Youtube, they have several series that teach certain concepts. Here’s a video that teaches about colors:
Or this one might be good. I like that it goes through multiple colors and gives some easy identifiable ideas for objects that might be that color.
You can also find some more great song suggestions from Teaching Mama by clicking here.
And that’s all.
What are your favorite ways of teaching your kids about color?
Write it in a journal, talk it over with a friend or leave a comment below. And come back next week, when I share some simple ideas for teaching kids their letters.