regarding color recognition

Sandy - posted on 01/30/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )




my son seems as though he doesnt understand what i am asking for when i ask the color of something. he can say his abcs and can count to about 15, but we are having sooo much trouble teaching him color. any pointers?


Danielle - posted on 01/31/2010




Hi Sandy,

I would try a few different things to work with him and see if he is being stubborn or just doesn't know his colors.

Start with just primary, red, blue, green, yellow. You can make or find cards, toys, blocks, etc. Throw them in a group and ask for the 'red' one, or the 'yellow' one.

We tend to multi-task with things like alphabet puzzles or the magnets, working on the color of the piece, the letter, and the sound.

Finger paints may be a fun incentive to get him to participate, ask for a specific color, you can also work on mixing colors to make new ones!

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Alexis - posted on 02/01/2010




My daughter loves Sesame street, so i used the characters to show a example of each color (Cookie Monster- blue, Elmo- red, Big Bird- yellow, ect.) She really liked being able to try to guess the color of each one and was really proud when she got all the colors right.
Then i took it outside of the the show and asked her name other things like a stop sign ... She thought and thought... I gave her a hint of it is the same color as Elmo and then she would smile and say red. She started to understand that all things had colors.
Hope this helped!!

Jade - posted on 02/01/2010




I have some trouble with my little girl and colours too, although she can say red, yellow, blue, green etc she calls everything green, or whatever the last colour youtold her was. But the only thing I can think to do is keep going with games to teach her. I often sit with only 2 colours of blocks at a time, changing them occasionally to make it easier to start

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We've been using primary colour play dough and then mixing them up for the secondary colours and noticing what else in the house has that colour (ie red apple, purple shirt). My daughter still gets yellow and green mixed up. I think doing ABCs and counting is easier for them as they just memorize the flow of sounds but knowing colours is more difficult as you can't fake it!

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