Older toddlers and preschoolers (kids ages 3-4) are learning to identify and name colors, so meet some of the best toys to teach colors!
In addition to these great games and toys, which will offer some great opportunities, here is a little more information on how you can teach your children to learn and name their colors. Children are first able to identify colors. This means, when you ask them to show you the red one, they can point to or pick-up the correct one.
When children can consistently... identify by pointing or touching the right color item when asked, they will generally work on labelling the right color correctly, using color names. A great tip when teaching your children colors is to not always put them to the test or quiz them. Instead, use color names when you speak to them, such as asking "Do you want the red car?" "Why don't you go get your purple shoes?" "Oh look over there, I see a brown and white horse!"
If you find that your child is having a hard time coming up with the correct color name, give them a choice. For example, if you are holding up a red fire engine, ask them, "Is this fire engine red or blue?" Narrowing down the choices may help them be more successful and less frustrated.
Here are some great toys and games that can help children be more aware of colors.
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This adorable pie container has activity cards that can can be placed in the bottom. This fun toy helps children sort and match colors using tweezers. More advanced children can also sort the included 60 different pieces of fruit by category or number. The toy includes tweezers, which makes sorting more fun and also helps children improve their fine motor skills for coordination and strength.
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Kids love hands-on sensory activities. There is no better way to help kids learn their colors by offering them different colored cans of Play-Doh. Odds are they won't be able to get those tight lids off, ask them which color you should open first.
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With Candyland, children learn to match colors. After they pick a card, they need to move their marker to the correct color space on the board. Even if they are not able to say the correct color, reinforce the colors by commenting, "Great, now move to the next yellow space." There is even a Disney Princess version of Candyland which might be more motivating for some new, young players.
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While stacking pegs might not look like crazy amounts of fun, you will be shocked at how much kids love putting together and creating peg towers. Using these pegs, encourage kids to stack towers of pegs with the same colors and make sure you use your color words when playing!Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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Using toys that have many pieces, like puzzles, where each piece is a different color, is another great way to help kids learn their colors. Comment on which colored fish they are placing in the puzzle, or hold up 2 fish, one in each hand and ask them to put away the red fish.
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With the Splish Splash game, children take a game card and then take turns rolling a numbered dice. After they identify the number, they drop the large wooden pebble into the pond of colored shapes to see what splash from the pond. The first person to fill up their game card wins. This game is great for color matching skills, as well as learning basic numbers and the art of taking turns with friends.
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The Uno Moo game inludes 28 colored balls (white, blue, yellow, red, green) with different animal faces on them. Players need to match by either color or animal, with the goal to get all of their pieces back inside the barn first. The player with one ball left yells, "Uno Moo!" This is a great first game for preschoolers ages 3 and up.
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Crocodile Hop does take up a lot of floor space, but it encourages kids to learn colors, shapes and numbers by moving their whole body. After rolling the dice and finding the nearest color to the start of the game, kids hop forward on the logs to the matching space and leave their individual marker. The first person to make it across the logs and stones by matching colors, shapes and numbers wins!