Ready to teach your toddler colors?
You’ll want to try this color sorting game that my toddler loved.
It is quick and easy to set up and allows your toddler to learn through play. – A huge win!
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Children learn colors at many different ages.
Leaning anything on your own time is entirely okay!
Whether your child can identify colors at 20 months, or begin to catch on after two years, the most important thing to remember is that children will start to recognize how to identify colors over time.
It is also essential to understand that even within the same family, you can see substantial differences in who learned what when. The best way to teach a child colors is through fun color explorations.
So do me a favor, and not sweat color identification at a young age!
Instead, join us here to begin to implement fun, hands-on ways to help make learning colors stick and get reinforced.
Since the bears are suggested for ages 3+, I am staying close to make sure they do not enter my toddler’s mouth. All activities to be done under adult supervision © 2020 by Days with Grey LLC.
If you do not feel comfortable, these best activities for your toddler will help give you an alternative idea.
To begin teaching colors, use two or three colors at a time.
I know. So many colors, so little time, right?
Quite the opposite. Think so many colors, plenty of time.
Hands-on color sorting ideas like this are here to help. Here your child will see the colors, touch the colors, and listen to the color names as you reinforce by saying it out loud.
Better yet? Use this two-year-old activity in your next Breakfast Invitation.
Toddlers need time to learn with movement.
In fact, so do all children.
Hands-on learning should be in your child’s daily schedule.
For this color sorting activity, begin by introducing the three primary colors: red, blue, and yellow.
Allow your child to get comfortable with identifying matches and hearing the color name being associated with the color shade.
There is no rush to make this more complicated.
In fact, all three of my boys joined in as my toddler played. Color sorting is almost always a win for many different ages.
Let’s set this color sorting game up!
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Materials to learn through play can be used for years, just like the items on our toddler toy list!
All activities to be done under adult supervision © 2020 by Days with Grey LLC
ALL COUNTERS LISTED HERE ARE SUGGESTED FOR AGES 3+. USE YOUR DISCRETION TO WHICH COLORED OBJECTS WILL WORK BEST FOR YOUR TODDLER.
Set this toddler color activity up in minutes!
Tape the white paper to the table.
Add dot stickers around your paper.
Place the bears to the left of the paper. This placement will encourage taking from the left and working to the right.
Invite your child to color sort.
As your toddler looks for the correct color match, try saying things like this:
That’s blue! Can you say blue?
I see you have a red bear. Where do you think the red bear will go?
Which dot looks the same as the yellow bear you have? Can you find another dot that looks like the yellow bear?
Children learn through repetition.
The more they hear you thinking out loud, the more tools you are giving them to use when working on their own as they begin to connect the dots with learning.
When your child places a bear on the wrong color, try saying things like:
Does that look right? Let’s check it.
Learning colors with your toddler does not have to be rushed. Take some time to start slow and allow your two-year-old to touch each color as they begin to associate it with a color name.