My kids have both had very different experiences learning their colors. QBoy learned to identify and name the basic colors quite easily when he was still a toddler. XGirl, on the other hand, struggled to learn her colors for a long time. Now at age 4, she knows most of her basic colors but still gets confused from time to time (especially with the color blue, it seems). When it comes to helping kids learn their colors, I believe in teaching colors to kids through every day play.
From games to songs to music, there are myriad ways of introducing children to colors throughout the course of the day. In this post I’m highlighting seven fun ideas for teaching colors to kids through everyday play.
Note: For more fun ideas to help kids learn their colors, see my Teaching Colors to Kids page.
Teaching colors by playing colors games is a great way to get kids to notice and distinguish between colors. Here are a some fun ideas. . .
I bet kids would have a blast getting some gross motor exercise along with this color toss activity from Minne Mama.
The colored pom poms in this color sorting activity from The Chirping Moms look so inviting!
Savvy parents also know how to turn sensory play into color learning opportunities. Check out this crazy color sensory bin from Craftulate and how she used it to help her child practice color sorting.
Little Bins for Little Hands also put together a rainbow sensory bin for learning colors.
Music can also be an amazing teaching tool. Let’s Play Music shares a color song and guessing game that will delight kids.
And don’t forget that art projects can be another wonderful way of teaching colors to kids. Check out this paper plate color wheel from Happy Hooligans as just one idea.
Finally, if your child has mastered his or her colors in one language, consider introducing colors in a foreign language! Living Montessori Now shares some great resources for doing Montessori inspired Spanish color activities.
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