Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Learning Colors!

My oldest is almost 3 and one of the things we are working on is knowing our colors!

There are different ways to do this and I thought I would share a few.

One way is to make your own color cards (or you can buy them). You can either cut squares of colored construction paper and have the colors all set for you or you can draw different colored objects on pieces of paper and then write the color name under the picture. Obviously, you don't need to go through the entire set of colors at one time but maybe just do a few at a time.

Start with basic colors like red, orange, yellow, blue & green. When they are ready add new colors, and eventually you can even do things such as show the difference between pink & neon pink or dark blue & light blue.

I have found that the best way to have my son learn colors is to implement colors into every day life. I ask him what color of play dough he wants to play with, and ask him what color a certain block or lego (or other toy) is. If they don't know what colors some things are, you should call the toy(or other object) by it's color. Say, let's drink out of your green cup etc. This shows him that colors are in every day life and soon your child will be telling you what color things are! Pointing out colors in nature or around the store and everywhere you go are also fun ways to learn colors.

Don't be worried if your little one doesn't seem to understand, just be patient. Not all children learn at the same ages. Every child is different. The one thing to remember is to make learning fun!