Children learn best with help from their parents. The more time you spend teaching them, the more interested they will be in learning.
If your child doesn’t reach the “milestones” associated with learning colors, don’t panic. Every child learns at their own pace – some just require more practice and encouragement than others.
You can always try these different children games and toddler activities to help your child learn colors!
Painting is a simple activity that you can do with your child that not only helps them to learn colors, but that can also improve their coordination.
And the best part? You can paint with children at any age. Even if they are too young to hold a paintbrush, they can still paint with their fingers. During the toddler stage, use bright colors like red and yellow, and then add more colors as your child develops. Name the colors as you use them and allow your child to experiment with color mixing.
Bonus: You don’t have to limit your painting to indoors! Take your paint outside and paint sidewalks, trees, or anything else you can find!
When your child is ready to start learning colors, it’s not a bad idea to invest in some educational toys to help enhance their learning.
There are tons of toys out there to choose from – child computers, educational robots, and so on, but some of the best toys for learning colors are color sorting toys.
These are toys that don’t involve technology, but require the parents interaction (remember, children learn best when their parents are involved!). Try some color coordinating cups or shapes, and work on sorting and naming the colors. As a bonus you can work on counting at the same time!
Children are naturally attracted to things in nature. If given the chance, most children will choose to spend time outdoors as opposed to on a computer or watching TV. And where better to learn about colors than the place that actually creates them?
There are few places that have colors as bold as outside in nature – the blue of the ocean, the greenery in the trees, the blue feathers of a Blue Jay. Go outside, explore, and see how many colors you can find on your adventures in nature!
Children absolutely love working with play-doh, and it comes in a variety of different colors.
Ask your child to tell you what colors they want to use while they play. Then, once they are finished, ask them to put the play-doh back in the proper color container (color matching).
Not only does play-doh help children learn colors, but it also allows them to express their creativity.
One way that you can help your child expand their vocabulary is with Speech Blubs – a learning app that uses fun activities where kid “experts” encourage your child to imitate sounds, words, phrases, and then sentences to encourage speech.
In terms of learning colors, you can use the “Living Colors” section of the app to help your child learn. This section of the app was created to help children think and learn about the associations that we have with colors.
When using the Living Colors section of the app, children can explore colors in several different contexts – from nature scenarios to human-made ones. At the same time, they can learn engaging facts and have fun with it!
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The Living Colors section of the Speech Blubs app not only teaches children different words and terms for colors, but also for different shades and hues. The section is constantly being updated with fresh and new content so that your child will never get bored or lose interest.
With Living Colors, every new word that your child learns is accompanied by contextually relevant videos, facts, and stories, which help to build concepts around the sounds that they hear.
If your kiddo is still not imitating, you have nothing to worry about! Your little one’s brain is constantly processing information and it will only be a matter of time before colors become a regular part of their vocabulary.
Remember – your child gets the most benefit from practicing WHILE YOU ARE PRESENT. Using speech therapy apps like Speech Blubs can be extremely effective, but they work best when the parent is there to laugh, imitate, sing, and learn with the child.
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