Being able to differentiate between different colors is important for children to learn, as it’s related to STEAM concepts and skills such as math, art, and problem-solving. Children can start to identify colors as young as 18 months, so it’s never too early to help your child learn.
Here are some fun ways you can teach your child about colors.
- Go for a walk and point out the colors of things around you. The classic game “I Spy” is one ideal game to help with learning colors.
- Read books together that feature colors. Ask your child about the pictures in the book and help them to match the color to the word describing it.
- Color and draw with sidewalk chalk, finger paint, or a coloring book.
- With meals and snacks, let your child sort their veggies and fruit by color.
- Have your child match a colorful sticker with a colored circle you’ve drawn on a separate sheet of paper.
- Decide on a color of the day, and choose your child’s clothing, toys, and other activities based on that color.
- When baking, ask your child help you decorate with colorful icing and sprinkles.
- Play with play-dough and small craft items such as buttons, beads, and wooden shapes. This is also a great sensory play idea.
- Play board games designed to help kids learn their colors, such as Candy Land.
- Hold a color-related scavenger hunt at home. You can have your child find colorful items such as crayons, toy blocks, pieces of construction paper, and small balls of yarn.
- Have fun spray bottle painting Fill each bottle with a different color of paint.
- Create rainbow shaving cream marbled art
These 12 activities can help your child learn more about colors while also allowing you to spend fun quality time together.