Playing with Colors
6 Simple & Fun Ways to Learn Colors Through Play
Here are some simple and fun ways to learn colors and color mixing through play. I like to do a lot of learning by doing activities. Hands on play is wonderful for small children! Many of these activities include additional skills like math, fine motor and practical life skills! Hope you enjoy and find one or two you can use with your child or children!
1. Colors & Numbers Grid gameI simply filled a party store serving tray with colored items from our stash of this and that. I used a grid sheet from our worksheets stash as well as two dice. One had numbers 1-6 and one had colors! We played it like a game taking turns filling our grid and counting along the way. How many do you have left to fill? How many have you filled? This can easily be played with one person or by a few!
2. Paint Chip Sorting BoardsHooray for the local hardware store. I love these cards for color projects! I simply picked out a red, yellow, orange, green, blue and purple card and filled a bag with all sorts of colored objects from that oh so useful stash of things. Included are counters, TOOBs animals and trees, and pom-poms! I tried to find objects that represented the different shades of the colors too or even ones he had to pick out the predominant color. Yes, there is a blue butterfly on the green card! According to Liam, it was visiting briefly before it made it's way over! Great busy bag idea too!
3. Play Dough Color MixingI thought we would give our hand muscles a bit of workout and mix our own colors to play with. First I made a big batch of play dough and then we used food coloring to make the primary colors. Once we made the primary colors, we mixed chunks of each together to make the secondary colors. Then he made "rocks" and filled his dump truck! He thought it was very neat to see the color coming through!
4. 2 Minute Paint Stick Color Match with ClothespinsAgain, we used the local hardware store for this one and picked up a paint stick on our way out! I simple measured and colored with our markers and then colored the clothespins with the same colors. Another great busy bag idea.
5. Colored Rice Sensory PlayLiam loves colored rice, so one morning we made a batch together. He did most of the shaking and color suggesting. Once it was dry, I separated it into containers and let him build his own bin. I gave him bowls, scoops, and gems to make his own creation. Rainbow soup anyone?
6. Color Mixing with Water & EyedroppersColor mixing, fine motor skills, and water. We love this one! I set out 6 little dollar store bowls on a cookie sheet and he helped me fill them with water. He also helped add coloring to make the initial primary colors we needed, red, yellow and blue. Then with his eyedropper he mixed the secondary colors, orange, green and purple by carefully dropping in the right colors to mix! Lots of free play after until we had muddy looking water (which is also a good color mixing lesson)!
How do you teach colors at home?
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