Colors are one of the early things that parents like to teach their colors. We are forever pointing out the “red” apple and the “green” shirt in order to help our kids learn this basic skills. Of my two kids, QBoy learned his colors fairly quickly and easily, while XGirl has struggled. In this post I share some materials I have used in my quest to help XGirl learn her colors.
Some of the ideas in this post use small materials that are not appropriate for children who put objects in their mouths. Use good judgement and provide appropriate supervision when doing these activities.
Note: For more fun ideas to help kids learn their colors, see my Teaching Colors to Kids page.
Sorting colored frogs
We own a wonderful Frogs on a Log Counting Kit (that is apparently no longer sold). We frequently use it to work on math concepts, but it also provides a great opportunity to sort the frogs by color. XGirl in particular enjoys the fine motor challenge involved in this activity.
Sorting attribute blocks
We have a great set of attribute blocks that we use to practice sorting by shape, size, thickness, and of course, color.
Making colored chains
The kids always have fun when I pull out our jumbo counting links. I prepared a chain building activity for XGirl in which she had to alternative between red and blue or green and yellow chains. As she added each chain I talked with her about the color she was putting on. (As an added bonus, this also worked on patterning – a basic math skill!)
And of course there’s a childhood favorite of mine – Candy Land! This game is great for young kids because it requires no reading ability, just an ability to match colors. Playing it also works on turn taking and following rules, both of which are great skills for preschoolers to practice!
What other games or materials have you found to be useful for teaching colors?
More resources for teaching colors
More posts about colors from Gift of Curiosity:
- Teaching colors through play
- Rainbow do-a-dot printable
- Color matching with household objects
- Color theory activity
- No mess color mixing fun
- Ideas for teaching colors
- Color mixing rainbow challenge
- Color mixing science
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