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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
For more activities that teach colors, see my Teaching Colors to Kids page and my Learning Colors Pinterest board.
Follow Katie @ Gift of Curiosity’s board Learning Colors on Pinterest.
Thanks for the ideas! I’m working on colors with both my kids right now. The toddler is just now learning colors in English and the preschooler is learning them in Spanish!
I really want to do more Spanish with my kids. What a great idea to use some of these ideas to practice colors in a second language!
Enjoyed reading your post about learning colors. Some great and creative ideas. We’ve also used toilet paper rolls wrapped in different color construction paper and then had to put in a matching color craft/popsicle stick. Found your post on Weekly Kids Co-op!
Thanks for stopping by. There are so many great ways to teach colors. Thanks for sharing another idea!
I love all of these ideas – my toddler would especially like the pom pom sort (and I always appreciate a reason to use paint samples!) 🙂
Thank you for including our color toss activity!
Your activity was so cute – it was my pleasure to include it!
Debbie @ http://kidsbibledebjackson.blogspot.com/
I love the ideas! Thanks for sharing!
Love all of these color learning ideas! I pinned it so I remember where to come and look again. Thanks for linking up to the Thoughtful Spot Blog Hop. Hope to see you next week!