“Blue!” answered my daughter to my recurrent question, “What color is that?” You may be impressed that she can answer that at 18-months-old, but then everything is blue. Blue must be her favorite color. Haha, but I remember that I wondered when she will understand that each object has different colors to it.
Fast forward to 21 months, I saw a huge improvement in my daughter’s knowledge of colors. She now recognizes and names the colors (except black and white, I need to start talk about those colors). Here are some activities I’ve done to help her understand the colors.
Remember, every kid is different. They go on their own pace. Here’s what the BabyCenter website said about when they should recognize colors.
So… When do Kids Start Recognizing Colors?
According to BabyCenter website, kids start recognizing textures, shapes, and colors at 18-months-old. Kids should be able to name one color by age 3.
Three months ago (when our daughter was 18 months old), I commented to my husband, “I wonder if our daughter is color blind.” Now I know she’s not, she’s still learning. 🙂 I created this color-sorting activity that I created last week, and I definitely can see my daughter’s improvement in color recognition.
1. Read Read Read
I know, I know. We hear this all the time. But yeah, seriously read to your children! A lot. Reading is definitely a wonderful learning tool for your kids. I can tell that my daughter learned a lot of her new words from the books. But there are something more you can do while reading books.
Ask your child questions about the book as you’re reading to her or him. It challenges your kids and it increases their reading conceptions.
Since I have been focusing on colors, I often asked her what color the object is on the page we were reading from. Even when she didn’t answer.
What I do now, I wait for a few moment before I answer for her. I was surprised how often she ended up answered the question and got it right. The key is let them think.
I believe in repetition. Reading color books again after you read it the first time or asking the same questions. Repetition is the key to their learning.
2. Add Colors to Your Conversations
Honestly, it’s too much for me to add colors in every sentence I say all day. Instead, I have a specific time of the day to focus on colors.
For example, my daughter feeds her baby doll after breakfast every morning. While we are playing the kitchen, I add colors in my conversations about the food, plates, silverwares, etc. “Let’s put the yellow bananas on the pink plate.” “Thank you for the blue cup!”
In my opinion, this is the most beneficial activity for learning colors.
3. Color-Sorting Activity
There are TONS of color-sorting activities out there. Thanks to Pinterest! I used whatever I had in the house. And we used this every week last two months. It’s a great free DIY toy! 😀 Here’s what I did.
- white printing paper
- poms-poms (I got mine from Dollar Tree) I use these all the times.
- hot glue gun
- makers (colors matching to the poms-poms
Putting it together
- Put the shoebox facing down on the paper. Trace it.
- Cut the traced rectangle
- Glue it on the top of the lid.
- Cut six squares on the lid.
- Color around the square (each square different colors)
When my daughter did this for the first time (two months ago), I demonstrated how to do it to her. She totally did not put the poms-poms in the designated hole. She just had fun pushing them through the holes. Totally fine! I just let her play with it and explore the colors and the textures.
As time goes on, I helped her putting the colors in the designated spots and after few days she caught on.
Talk and ask questions about colors as you do it with your child.
This activity is also a great alone time play. My daughter often played with this for at least 10 minutes on her own.
- It’s kids’ natural desire to sort things to create order in a world
- Sorting is beginning of math skills. They learn how to count, add, subtracting. They come naturally!
- Understanding what’s similar and what’s different. Comparing & contrasting
- Understanding things can belong to groups
- Applying logical thinkings to objects
- Keeps them busy!
- Color Recognition
- Fine Motor Skills
- Sensory Skills (textures of poms-poms)
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All activities here are activities I feel are safe for my own children. As your child’s parents/guardians, you will need to decide what you feel is safe for your family. I always encourage contacting your child’s pediatrician for guidance if you are not sure about the safety/age appropriateness of an activity. All activities on this blog are intended to be performed with adult supervision. Appropriate and reasonable caution should be used when activities call for the use of materials that could potentially be harmful, such as scissors, or items that could present a choking risk (small items), or a drowning risk (water activities), and with introducing a new food/ingredient to a child (allergies). Observe caution and safety at all times. The author and blog disclaim liability for any damage, mishap, or injury that may occur from engaging in any of these activities on this blog.