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Week 8: Reading Colors Your Baby's World
Color Flash Cards
Teaching your child to recognize colors is an important part of early learning.
Start introducing lessons about color around 1 year to 18 months.
The following website has some great tips. For example, begin with color matching or color sorting before you even begin to assign names to colors. https://www.teachinglittles.com/9-simple-ways-to-get-your-toddler-to-learn-colors/
6 Fun ways to introduce colors to your child:
1. Introduce one color at a time. Try assigning colors for each week. Blue Week, Red Week, Yellow Week, etc. Gear your activities towards the week’s color. Serve blue foods; have them wear blue clothing; give them blue paint to play with, be creative!
2. Play with colored blocks, shapes or flashcards. This is the simplest way for your child to make clear comparisons between colors. Blocks are identical in shape, it allows your toddler to focus primarily on the differences in their colors. You can also use the included flash cards that I found at www.totcards.com.
3. Use media. Try introducing a video that teaches them a song. Their verbal memory will be activated by exciting sounds and visuals. Some recommended songs to look up include, “Color Song.” Try iPad’s Speak Colors app to help children learn how to say color names aloud and use them in full sentences. Checkout Watch and Learn, a teachable service, on our Library website.
4. Make your child’s bath a different color every week. Try adding a few drops of food coloring, bath bomb or colored bath salts to their bath water, you can also add colored toys.
5. Serve them colored food. During orange week offer oranges, cantaloupe, macaroni and cheese, cheese crackers or cheese sticks. For yellow week offer pineapple, lemonade, yellow rice, taste a yellow bell pepper… you get the idea. Have fun being creative and if all else fails default to different colored fruit purees, jello and fruit snacks.
6. Play, “I Spy,” Help your child locate colors in the world around them. If you’re in your back yard, go around and see what red things you can see-- “I spy a red wagon; I spy a red flower; I spy a red bucket. Most of all have fun teaching your little one new vocabulary!