Children start identifying colors when they’re 18 months old. However, they can name different colors only when they reach the age of 3 or 4. The best way to teach your child colors is through fun activities. They will learn the best when they play and explore on their own.
Here are 5 interesting ways to teach your child colors:
Use Colored Blocks or Shapes Playing with colored blocks is the best way to help your child make a comparison between colors. Start by showing them a specific color block. Once they can identify that specific color, ask them to pair blocks together—of that color. Then move on to the next color. This will help them learn a specific color at a time.
Let Your Child Color with Crayons Give your child a coloring book and a box of crayons. Ask them to use one color at a time and keep repeating the name of that color so that your child can easily remember it. Make them choose any specific color and once they have selected that color, tell them which color they have chosen, if they don’t know.
Sculpt with Playdough As children love playing with playdough, this is an interesting way to help your child interact with colors. If you want your child to learn a specific color, let them play with that specific color of playdough. Later on, once they start identifying colors, ask them to make things in any specific color.
Serve Food of Different Colors Take your child to the grocery store and show them the different color of fruits and vegetables. Tell them the color of the food as you serve them and help them identify the color with a particular dish. If you want to focus on a specific color, give them food of that color. Later on, you can ask them to name the colors with each bite they take.
Ask to Dress Up in a Specific Color Ask your child to dress up in a specific colored dress. Help them make their selection until they can do it themselves. If you want to focus on one color at a time, have color themed days. If it’s a red day, they need to pick and wear a red dress, and you can feed them with red foods such as apples, strawberries.
Don’t be discouraged if your child is taking longer to recognize colors, go with your child’s pace!