For us, teaching the kids colors begins as soon as they’re able to begin understanding words. We point to the color, say the color, give them the item and encourage them to say the color words themselves.
Games: Colored Treasure Hunts
One of the first steps that we use to teach the basic colors are treasure hunts. During these ”treasure hunts’ we will walk around the house and gather items of the same color in a basket. We will sort the colors together, teaching the word for the color and placing items that are the same color as one another in exclusive piles.
iOs Apps: Yummiloo Rainbow Power
Yum, Yum, Yum, Yum, Yum, Yumiloo. The music might drive you bonkers, but the color practise in this game is spot on as the kids sort and identify colors while learning about foods that are healthy. It helps to focus on the whole ‘eating a rainbow’ while teaching the kids to identify and practise certain colors.
Crafts: Yogurt Paint
Yogurt tubs tinted with a bit of food coloring in each is one of the easiest, toddler-friendly paints that we use when we’re learning colors (and beyond). It’s not a big deal if the kids snack on it while they’re finger painting or using brushes and clean up is a breeze (just make sure that you mix the food coloring into the yogurt well)
Matching: Paint Chips
Grab a few paint chip samples the next time you pass by the paint and decor section of your local home and garden store. You can use these to create simple ‘matching’ cards for your toddler and create a fun game without breaking the bank. It’s an easy way to use up extra chips from home decor projects too. You can use the cards as a fun game, attach them to popsicle sticks for small hands to grasp and create fun matching games for toddlers, all the way until preschool.
Toys: Smart Snacks Rainbow Color Cones
Learning Resources has some fantastic toys that make it simple to teach those basic skills at-home. Using the Smart Snacks Rainbow color cones, we’re able to show Violet the colors, and give her something to play with and point at to learn to identify them by their names, but we’re also able to use the printed color on the under side of the cone to create activities for a preschooler to learn to identify the words of the colors we’re working on.
The pieces are small enough for Violet to handle and keep her attention as we stack, and re-stack the colored scoops on to the set of two cones. There are eight total scoop colors in the set, created from materials that are high quality enough to be used and re-used for multiple children.