Colors for Kids

1.Tips on Teaching Children Colors

Children need to first acquire informational pieces before they can begin to understand color as a concept.  It might seem simple as blue is blue, before the concept of color is understood. Children don’t have the ability to understand that light blue and navy are both blue and they also lack the verbal skills to explain that to you.  Along with learning what each color is called, children need to understand what color represents; it’s not size, nor shape, nor the name of the object, nor the texture, not the number of things showing.  Constant repetition and expanding on what colors are and what they are not will help any child understand what the actual word color means.
After that, teaching colors to children is usually easy. Children are naturally attracted to bright colors, which is why most toys and activities geared towards younger children, including toddlers and babies, are brightly colored. During the preschool years, children have a natural affinity to understand their world around them. Surrounded by a world of color it is easy to use daily opportunities to discuss colors.  Of course, since teaching color recognition to children is so important, there are many tools that can be used by parents and educators alike to help children learn about color.

2.Games that Teach Children About Color

Along with books, many games use color in part to make them attractive to children while teaching them about color.
The classic children’s game, Candyland, is often a child’s first board game because of its use of color. Naturally appealing with its sugar coated fantasy, the board game doesn’t use a counter or dice, but color cards that dictate the child’s next move on the board. Along with color matching, Candyland also teaches counting skills, strategy, social skills and spatial reason to young children.
color dominoes gameColor matching memory games are another way to induced color learning to children with a game.  Based off the typical matching game of remembering where two like cards are to make a pair, preschool children have to compare colors and match the same ones together to win.   Another game geared towards teaching child to match colors is dominoes.  By removing the dots that require counting and increasing the size, Jumbo Color Dominoes.

3.Teaching Kids Color Online:

While so many of the tools used to teach children about colors are “classic” the internet and online games have also provided excellent opportunities for children to learn about colors.   Some online color education tools focus on specific color skill like color recognition, matching and color concentration and might require the child to have some reading ability. Other’s such as Fishers Price’s Color and Shape game plays more like an interactive video and requires the very basic computer skills.

4.Teaching Colors for Kids Everyday

Of course, since color is a part of everyday life, there are many opportunities to teach children about color during every day living. One  way to teach children about color is to pick a new color every week and completely focus on that color over time though food choices, activities, etc.
So, no matter what color this week might be, enjoy bringing te beauty of color to a young person while you teach a achild about color. Do you have a favorite book or game that teaches color?  We would love to hear your recommendations.