8 Activities to Help Your Child Learn about Colors

8 Activities to Help Your Child Learn about Colors

As soon as a child is able to pay attention to something you point to, such as a red ball, while you say “this ball is red”, you can begin with color learning. At first, these moments will be brief, because a young child has a limited attention span and is easily distracted. But, despite this, he will internalize the concept. And from 16-18 months, he will gradually begin to attribute the quality of “red” to objects and to differentiate what is “red” from what is not.

While learning is a lifelong process, teaching your children about colors should be among your first priorities. Not sure how to do that? Not to worry! Today, we bring you a few activities, games and craft that will help your child identify different hues.

1. Color Day

Choose a color for each day, dress in that color, and try to associate all of the day’s activities with that color: eat a tomato salad, macaroni with Bolognese sauce… Keep repeating the color throughout the day. You can also organize a color party in the afternoon.

2. Fabric Party

Fill a bag with different colored scarves and ask him to take out a red one and put it on his head, a blue one and tie it around his foot, a green one and tie it around his knee, and a yellow one around his neck. Laugh with him when you see what he looks like.

3. Finding a Colour

How about repurposing the traditional “Finding something that starts with A”, have him name something green in the first round, blue in the second…

4. In Teams

Divide the children into two teams and choose a captain for each team. For five minutes, one of the groups must obey all the commands of the opposing team’s captain. “Touch something green,” and the children will have 10 seconds to find an object of that color. Give one point for each object touched within the time limit. Then the team that ordered continues to play and the team with the most points wins.

5. Mixing Experimentation

Buy finger paint in the three basic colors (blue, yellow and magenta) and let your child experiment with what happens when the colors are mixed. Let him pour some magenta on a plastic plate and add yellow. He watches his face when he sees it turn orange and asks him to name the new shades. You can also practice this game by mixing pieces of play dough or layering sheets of cellophane.

6. His First Collage

Take a magazine that you no longer use and have your child cut out pieces of different colors. Then, choose a piece of white cardboard and have them alternately glue pieces of different colors on top of each other. You will surely get a beautiful collage.

7. Grilled Waxes

Take sheets of paper, newspaper, colored pencils and an iron. Fold a sheet of paper in half, grate small pieces of soft wax on one of the parts and spread them out. Fold the sheet and put newspaper on top and underneath. Run the iron on low heat over the papers so the colors melt and blend. Unfold it and voila! You’ll have a symmetrically colored paper that you can cut out any way you like.

8. Transparencies

Teach your child about the ability of certain materials to reflect with a flashlight and cellophane. Cut out the pieces of paper and draw a picture with them, overlapping them so that new colors emerge from the mix. Tape the figure to a flashlight with a bit of tape and place the child in front of a white wall to turn it on and have their jaw drop when they see their reflection.

Here you go! With those ideas, you should be able to easily teach your children about colors.