Tuesday, 22 March 2022

How to Teach Colours to Your Little One

First of all, you might be asking yourself when to introduce colours to your littles. Well, it depends on your kid, of course. If he clearly understands what you are saying most of the time, at least when you talk about basic things (toys, daily routines, surroundings), then it might be the right time – usually this happens around the age of 1-1 1/2.

You might think that knowing colours is a basic concept, but it might take a while for a child to grasp the notion of colour.

Here are some tips that might help to avoid overwhelming your child:

  • Start with two colours at a time. Once your child shows that he has learnt these two, you can introduce others. Choose colours that are very different from one another. For example, blue and yellow, not blue and green.  
  • Sing songs about colours: one of my favourite is “I See Something Blue” from Super Simple Learning (you couldstart with just two colours here, too) 
  • Use manipulatives to sort – place some construction paper (2 colours at first) on the floor and give your little one small objects of those colours to sort out.
  • Isolate the concept of colour – try to use the same types of objects that they can sort (bear counters, buttons, rocks, blocks, etc.) 
  • Use markers, crayons, watercolours if your child is interested in these – name the colours when he uses them. 
    This is a freebie that I made for my daughter, to work on colour matching. You can download it here.

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