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For many young children, learning colors comes very easily to them. This important developmental skill often comes before shape and letter recognition. There are many ways that you can help encourage your preschooler to learn his or her colors.
Most preschool aged children love to look at picture books. In addition to promoting early reading skills, you can use this opportunity to help them learn their colors. Point to the objects in their favorite books and ask them what color they are. Children this age love to read the same books over and over again, so you can use this to your advantage and help them to learn their colors at the same time.
Walking around and playing outside gives you many opportunities to talk to your child about colors. The blue sky, white clouds, green grass, are easy for your child to recognize. Walk through a bed of flowers and point out all the bright colors you see.
Preschoolers love to color. Holding a crayon is an important fine motor skill that preschoolers need to learn in order to learn how to write.
Buy your child a big box of crayons and let them color often. As they color, ask them what colors they are using and ask them what their favorite color is. You could also choose crayons for them, such as blue, red, green, etc., and talk to them about those colors as they color with them.
Playing I Spy is a fun way to teach colors to your child. Choose a color and then have your child find something in the house or out in the backyard that is that color.
Set out a pile of buttons or similar object in a variety of colors. Have your child sort the buttons into piles of the same color, such as red, yellow, etc. Talk to your child about the colors they are sorting. Sorting is also an important developmental skill that is important for preschoolers to learn. Many of these activities can be done at the same time so that they are learning more than one skill at a time.
Meal time is a great time to talk to your child about colors. Foods, especially fruits and vegetables, come in many colors. The next time you go grocery shopping get a fruit or vegetable your child has never tried and talk to them about what color it is as they try out the new food. Talk to them about all the different colors on their dinner plate.
If you are working on one particular color, find as many foods as you can that are that color. Your child will think is a fun way to learn their colors.
There are many ways that you can help your child learn his or her colors, these are just a few examples of activities you can do together. Learning colors takes time, start with the primary colors red, blue, and yellow, and then move on to the secondary colors next. Take advantage of the colors that are around you every day to teach your child this important developmental skill.