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How to Teach Colors to Preschoolers?

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Learning colors is one of the many skills that your preschooler will need to know before kindergarten. Colors are amazing and super fun and your preschooler will love to learn by experimenting with colors. I have found so many fun and awesome ideas that I used to teach colors to my preschoolers and I want to share them with you.

The best way to teach colors to preschoolers is through lots of hands-on activities that involve sensory stimulation and appeals to multiple senses. Incorporating music, movement, taste, and visual examples further engrain the concept of colors into their minds.

At What Age Should Toddlers Learn Colors?

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18 months is the typical age to start teaching your toddler colors. Since every child learns at a different pace, your child may learn their colors sooner or later. Most toddlers learn their colors by the age of 3.

If you let your toddler continue to explore and experiment with colors, they will learn in no time.

What Colors Should Preschoolers Know?

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Your preschooler should be learning the primary and secondary colors. Your preschooler should know the colors of the rainbow which is why it is best for them to learn their colors in order of Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, and Purple.

When Kennedy was in preschool, I taught her colors in order of ROYGBIV. This makes learning their colors and the order of the rainbow so much easier for them.

How Do you Teach Colors to Preschoolers?

There are many songs, dances, books, and hands-on activities to teach colors to your preschooler. Don’t just do one activity. It is best to combine several methods of teaching along with repetition to help them understand the concept of colors.

Tip: When teaching colors, I recommend taking it slowly and introduce one color at a time. Incorporate the next color in the lesson only after your preschooler has mastered the previous one.

Here are several ways to make teaching colors to your preschooler easy and fun:

  1. Paint swatch booklet
  2. Songs
  3. puzzles
  4. Books on colors
  5. Coloring book
  6. Painting

Paint Swatch Booklet

I went to home depot and grabbed 2 paint swatches for each of the following colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, black and white. I hole punched them and fastened them together with ribbons.

I would show Kennedy the color that we were currently working on before and after we sing songs about the colors. I would also just l I would reference this book while singing the color song from Chu Chu TV.

Materials: Ribbons, hole punch

Learn Colors with Songs for Preschoolers

Colors by Chu Chu TV on YouTube

I love the color song by Chu Chu TV! We would only listen to the color that we were currently working on. We would sing and dance to this song several times a day and I would point to everything around the house with that color while we were singing the song.

YouTube songs are also a fun way to teach shapes to your toddlers.

Teach Your Preschooler Colors with Puzzles

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Puzzles are a great way of teaching your preschooler. I incorporated puzzles into every aspect of my kids preschool curriculum. I love how it helps them to problem solve, improves spatial skills and allows them to sit quietly and focus on a task. There are a few excellent puzzles that can be used to teach colors to your preschooler.

Read Books About Colors to your Preschooler

Aside from puzzles, my number one priority was to make time to read books to my kids. I would read several small books a day and as a result, Kennedy learned how to read at the age of two years old. Reading books with your child is so much fun.

Your preschooler will love taking time out to look at the colorful illustrations. You don’t have to read books about colors. You can point out colors from any of their favorite books.  I took out every opportunity to discuss the concept of colors for my kids. I would pick out colors from every book that we read. I also picked up a few books that actually focuses on colors. Here were our favorites below.

Learn Colors with Coloring Pages

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Coloring pages are a great and fun way to teach your preschooler colors. It is hands on and everyone loves to color. These preschool coloring pages are simple enough for your toddler to learn colors by coloring each page with one color. Coloring pages not only will help your toddler to learn colors, it will also builds the fine motor skills that they will need to be kindergarten ready.

Experience Colors with Your Preschooler through Painting

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Learning colors through painting is so much fun for your preschooler. There are so many varieties of paint that you can paint anywhere in any setting. I only suggest non-toxic washable paint for preschoolers because it is safer and less of a mess. For bathtub finger painting fun there is foam paint that washes out with no effort. For outdoor activities, there is an inflatable canvas that you can use

Conclusion

You have learned the many ways to teach colors to your preschooler. I suggest combining different activities on this list to make teaching colors more fun and easy. These are tried and true methods that will allow your toddler to learn colors through play.

Disclaimer: This post Disclosure might contain Amazon affiliate links. Any purchase made through such links will award me a small commission (or referral fee), at no extra cost for you. Regardless of whether or not I receive a commission, I only recommend products that I personally use and/or genuinely love (I would never promote any products or services that I wouldn’t pay for myself), and I always have my readers’ best interest at heart.

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