Before entering Kindergarten a child should be able to:
- Recognize and name colors - red, yellow, blue, green, white, black.
IDEAS FOR TEACHING COLOR
1. Get a small bag of colored pom poms and have your child sort them into different containers by color.
2. Make color flash cards by cutting 2 index card size rectangles out of construction paper and lamenating them.
There are several games you can play with these cards:
- Have child find the matching colors.
- Pick one color card out and have the child go and find things that are that color and come back and tell you what they found, or bring the object back to you.
- Gather several objects of different colors and have the child place each object on the corresponding colored card.
- Hide one set of cards around the room. Give the child one of the second set of cards and tell them to go find that colored card.
- In the pom pom activity (#1) you could have child place the colored pom pom on the matching card.
- Have child match crayons to the cards.
- Hold up each card and ask child what color it is.
- Go outside and find things in nature that are the different colors.
3. Make FILE FOLDER GAMES for your child to play that teach them their colors:
- Dreidel Color Match (PreschoolPrintables.com)
- Fire Safety (PreschoolPrintables.com)
- Graduation Colors (PreschoolPrintables.com)
- Mitten Match (PreschoolPrintables.com)
- Perfect Pies (PreschoolPrintables.com)
- Scarecrow Colors (PreschoolPrintables.com)
- Snowman Color Match (PreschoolPrintables.com)
- Turkey Lurkey (PreschoolPrintables.com)
4. Read BOOKS with your child that help them learn their colors. Below are a few examples:
6. Make your own books:
- A Garden - Mini Book (DLTK-Teach.com)
7. Here are some ideas for TOYS AND GAMES you could get for your child to play with and learn their colors at the same time:
- Make your own playdough from Homemade Craft Recipes
For more toy ideas for teaching color visit My Preschool Store, click either "Toddler" or "Preschooler" and then choose "Learning Colors".
8. Make some binoculars by covering two toilet paper rolls with colored paper, stapeling them together, making two holes and attacting a string to go around your neck. Give the binoculars to the child and tell him to go find something that is red and come back and tell you what they found. Continue this game using other colors.
9. Make or purchase Color Bean Bags (one for each color). You could do many different things with these to help your toddler learn his colors. Have him toss the bean bags into baskets that correspond with the colors. Call out a color and have him find that color in the pile and toss it through a hoop. Toss a colored bean bag to him and have him go find something in the room with the same color. There are many different things you could do with bean bags. Be creative and come up with your own ideas.
10. Color coloring pages with crayons.
11. Here are some DVDs about color.
12. Below are several more ideas of games you can do with your child to teach them their colors:
- Color Themed Online Jigsaw Puzzles (DLTK-Teach.com)
- Alphabet Tracer Pages:Learn Your Colors! (DLTK-Teach.com)
- Color Buddies Coloring Pages (DLTK-Teach.com)
- Color Buddies Worksheets (DLTK-Teach.com)
- KidZone.ws Color Recognition Worksheets (Kidzone.ws)
- Coloring Pages (Preschool Coloring Book)
- Free Color Worksheets (TLSBooks.com)
- Color Recognition Practice (KidZone.ws)
- Color Theme Activity Pages (TeachersandFamilies.com)
- I Love Colors (EnchantedLearning.com)
- Colors Coloring Pages (coloringbookfun.com)
- Color Theme (Pratt's Resources)
- Colors in Preschool (First-School)
- Preschool Color Theme (Everything Preschool)
- Arts & Crafts: Color (Preschool Education)
- Color Theme Preschool Activities and Crafts (First-School.ws)
- Colors Activities (123Child.com)
- Lots of Ideas for Colors (stormpages.com/cozycottage)
- Lotsa Lesson Plans - Colors (hummingbirded.com/lessonplan-colors)
- Color Games (akidsheart.com)
- A Rainbow of Colors (kinderkorner.com)
- Teaching Colors To Preschoolers