Teach Your Young Child Their
ColorsOur eyes are attracted to colorful
things. Color gives life to paintings, drawings,
photographs and television. If everything were in black
and white there wouldn’t be much to characterize what we
see. Here are five great suggestions for teaching your
children about colors:
1. Teach colors with books. Pictures in
storybooks have items in various colors. For example, if
it was a picture of a bear it would be brown. The colors
are shown as they would be in the real world. Say each
color and let the child repeat after you.
2. Kids also learn colors through food. Foods
come in a variety of vibrant colors. When your child asks
for something to eat, tell them the color of what they are
eating. Some varieties of foods, like apples and peppers,
come in many colors, which also teaches the kids that objects
can have more than one color. Use the basic names for
colors like red, green, blue, and so on. Saying
blue-green or orange-red may be too confusing for the kids.
3. Use paints to teach colors. Take a giant
piece of poster board and lay it on a drop cloth. Let the
children dip their hands in the paint and create handprints on
the paper. Call out each color after they make a hand
print. Wash their little hands and start over. Kids
like to be messy so this teaching tool is both fun and
4. Take your child outside. As you pass trees,
stones, grasses and cars, identify the colors. After you
have seen a wide variety of colors, point to something and ask
your child what color it is. This exercise may be slow
going at first because colors in nature don’t appear in the
same hues as they do on flash cards or in a paint set.
5. Play games with your kids that involve
colors. Use a pole with a magnet attached to a paper clip
on the end of a string. Have fish or some other shapes of
objects on the floor with magnets attached to them. When
you call out a color, see if your child can pick up the pieces
with that color. If saying the name of the color doesn’t
work at first, hold up a piece of paper displaying the color
you want them to fish for. Not only will they learn about
colors, but also hand-to-eye coordination.
There are more games that you can teach your child.
For example, they can find the colors around the house while
playing a scavenger game. The importance of color
recognition will become important when they learn about stop
signs and other meanings for colors.
Teaching colors doesn’t have to be boring. Inject a
bit of fun into the process! Another fun resource for
teaching young kids their colors is the Colorsaurus