We have been unofficially doing some homeschooling around here since last year with our three year old daughter. She enjoys doing school work and will even ask for it. For this new school year, we began by reviewing colors. She has known all her colors for a few years now. No need to teach them new, but review is always good. In addition, our little 20 month old is following in her sister’s footsteps. She already knows blue , yellow, black, and green, too. So cute!
Here are some ways we reviewed our colors. These can also be used to teach colors to a toddler (preschooler).
Note: Although these were created with a preschooler in mind, younger kids can do some of the activities. They may not understand the concepts, though. Our 20 month old loves doing crafts with her sister so you will see stuff on here that she did, too.
Idea one: Pom Pom Rainbow
Create a rainbow using different color pom poms and maybe some white cotton balls (if you chose to add clouds). Print out a free rainbow printable online or just draw one like I did on construction paper. Add glue to sections of the rainbow and glue on the pompoms. Transparent tacky glue works great!
Idea two: Pasta Sensory Bin
Kids love sensory bins although I think my toddlers are all “sensory-binned” out by now! Too much around here:) I used a variety of dyed pasta. I use a simple strategy to dye pasta. Here it is:
Pasta of choice, Food coloring, Water, Ziplock bag, Cookie sheet or large pan: Place pasta in the bag. Mix food coloring with a dash of water and pour into the bag. Shake the bag until the pasta obtains the desired color. Spread pasta out on a cookie sheet and allow to dry for a few minutes. All done!
Do this with many different food coloring and you will have a mixture of colors. I added a variety of colored play toys for additional reinforcement. The kids could just play with this sensory bin. You can even discuss the colors of the pasta as they play.
NOTE: Make sure to only use a dash of water when dying the pasta. Just enough to get the food coloring to mix well. Some people like to add rubbing alcohol instead of water. However, my kids like to eat these uncooked pasta so I chose to omit the rubbing alcohol.
Idea three: Rice Play
We also made a sensory bin for individual colors. Rice play has always been fun around here! Use the same method above to dye the rice. In this case, we used red rice. Throw in some red play toys and the kids will enjoy themselves playing pretend cooks!
Idea 4: Apple Painting/Stamping
Real fruit could be used to teach the individual colors. For the red, we used apples, raspberries, tomatoes, and red pears. All the fruit were placed in a bowl on the table while the kids painted. We used red paint and apples cut in half to make these apple prints. See the photo below. And who does not like to eat red apples?!
Idea five: Simple Coloring
Kids love to color. Even as an adult, I still love to color. It is one of the easiest activities to do with kids!
Idea six: Dot to Dot markers
I must admit that this is one of my newest finds. I had known about them for a while but had never ordered them. I found them on Amazon.com for $14.99. I also had fun making those printables for my kids to color. To download and print these free 7 page PDF printables, go here: dot to dot printable.
Idea seven: Painting – I am not sure what toddler does not like painting. So use various paint colors and let them paint away!
Idea eight: Playdough
Playdough seems to be one of the most versatile type of play for kids. You can make all kinds of colors and scents. Kids can use their imagination to create a world of play with playdough. You can view my recipe for these soft, fun colored playdough here.
If you are a parent of preschoolers/toddlers, how do you teach them colors? I would love to know in the comments below!
She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness (Proverbs 31:27, KJV).
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