10 Steps to Teach Your Child Colors

10 Steps to Teach Your Child Colors
August 14 15:56 2016

Most children are very well capable and intelligent even before they join the kindergarten. They will probably have absolutely no difficulty in counting from 1 to 20 and backwards, they could name objects very well, could memorize most nursery rhymes and recite them all fluently..But when it comes to the color identification, all things are apparently: “That is blue, mom”.

Before you start to toy with the possibility that your child might be color blind, take a moment to consider what is actually hindering your child’s ability to spot, identify and name different colors. It is mainly because it is an abstract concept. There are different shades of blue, green, yellow and red to get acquainted with; this can be really challenging for a child, no matter how smart he or she is. Just when he or she is beginning to learn the name of simple everyday objects like books, shoes, apple; we expect them to learn the color names of them too! This sort of learning will take up loads of time and patience.

The best way to develop color identification in your child is to incorporate this learning with fun and creative activities. Through this your child will know about the basic concepts of colors if not their names. Don’t worry; your child will catch up with the names too in preschool.

Step1: Introducing your children to colors gradually

Buying your child a box of 12 crayons and then making them learn the name of each color is NOT an effective way to start. It will just overwhelm and confuse the child. The best way to start with this gradual learning process is letting the child pick up his own favorite color crayons and then proceed with the lessons, reinforcing that particular chosen color and how many objects are of this color. Perhaps, the chosen color is green…Talk about how the grass is green, leaf is green and an apple is green and so on.

Step 2: Play dress up!

Children love choosing their own clothes all the time. Your little daughter loves that pink gossamer frock with a purple bow; your son might love his blue jacket with a yellow truck on it that they want to don on all the time. Use this as an opportunity to associate them with colors. So the next time your child picks up that frock again, ask her to name what color it is. And if she likes that color, ask her to pick up more clothing of the same hue. This will prove to be good tactic.

You may also try using small descriptions to make your child remember colors. Next time you get your son some blueberries say, “Hey Sam, do you know what color that is? Its blue like your favorite blue shirt. Blueberries are blue too.”

Step 3: Compare identical objects of the different colors

A child is more likely to actively distinguish between colors when you compare objects that share the same identifying name. You can start with comparing a red ball and a yellow ball. Comparing a red shirt to yellow jacket will not have the same learning effect on the child.

Step 4: Sticking to only few colors!

Take it really slow and educate your child gradually; stick to more common colors like red, blue, yellow, green etc rather than colors like cyan, mint, ocher. Also avoid using add on like, “mint green color”, “royal blue color”, “tea pink color” etc.

Step 5: Get crafty: color and paint pictures with your children

Make it due on yourself to take out some time with your child while coloring or painting pictures with them. Start with basic pictures like sun, flower, trees and houses etc and insist your child to fill in the sun with a yellow paint; “Sun is of yellow color”, grass with a green color, “grass is green” etc.

Ask your child what colors are they using on a particular drawing and why. You can even buy your child a colorful picture book with a lot of illustrations. Point out and say the names of colors to your child.

Step 6: Make your child identify food by colors

While you feed your child different types of feed, inquire them about the color of it. When you let your child take a bite of chocolate, ask him persistently about its color: “What color it is, Sam? Is it brown or orange”. “Look, chocolate is brown” etc.

Educate your child how the egg is white but the center (yolk) is yellow, same goes for how apples are red, and oranges are orange.

Step 7: Buy your child colored toys and indulge indifferent games

For examples a puzzle, Lego or building blocks. Ask your child to do interesting stuff like build a red fort for mom, blue fort for dad, and green to stir color identification in him or her. There many other activities through which you can teach them about colors.

Step 8: Call objects by their color names

Try associating most belongings of your child with the color they are of. For example, “Your blue color school bag”, “Your orange color shirt”, “Your green color ball” etc. Also add the word “color” to whenever you introduce your child to one.

Step 9: Educate outdoors

Making your child learn colors does not have to be a completely indoor thing that has to be done on your child’s desk with a box of crayons and a sheet of paper. Lots of color learning can be done outdoors too. Take your child outside for a walk to admire nature. Point out to different things, naming their colors as you. Make them remember, the blue color of clouds, red of the flower etc.

Step 10: Reward your child for memorizing his colors

When your child has been successful in memorizing and retaining some names of colors and their identification, its time you reward them. It doesn’t have to be too big. A box of paints or a colorful writing pad would be enough. This will motivate your child to be a more direct and conscious part of more learning tricks that you will use on them.


10 Steps to Teach Your Child Colors

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