How can I get my 4yr old to learn her colors?


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i fourth (?) stacy, chris, and rebecca.
my son was also naming colors by 2. it started off with my describing flowers in the park on walks, that kind of thing. later when our son started to talk, if he pointed something out, we'd just ask, "what color is it?" it has progressed to matching games now. we just play. legos are also great, or blocks. we just ask, "can i have a red one? would you like another green one?" we just try to make part of our everyday activities.

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Tracey - posted on 03/09/2013




Just wondering if you've had any luck with your daughter? My 3.5 year old can't remember the names of colours either. We've been working on it sense 1.5. I thought she may be colour blind as the only two she can name is Black and White. She is not.... I sit her down with a basket of objects of two colours, she can sort the colours but can't name them even after seeing only two colours over and over 20 times. I have to try very hard not to push the issue while we play because I don't want to hurt her feeling. She really is trying. Otherwise a very bright girl... I think I may get her tested for Dyslexia.

Roxanne - posted on 11/25/2012




Buy her the bath time tablets in toys r us. I dont remember the name of it. hope this is helpful.

User - posted on 11/25/2012




My son learn through observations. He loves to watch videos so i let him watch a fair amount of educational videos i selected from You Tube. There are a lot of videos on toddlers learning colors. You can show your daughter the videos. There is this video from Gigglebellies called :COLORS OF THE RAINBOW. I let my son watch it and I repeatedly sang the song to him day in and day out. Soon after that, he could tell me what's red, orange, yellow, green. I am still working on other colours.

Another way is to repeat the colors of certain objects to her on a regular basis. She will learn it soon.

All the best!

Laura - posted on 05/20/2009




There is a wonderful set of dvd's from a company called "Pre-School Prep," that teach colors, numbers, letters and sounds, shapes, and sight words. My son isn't even three and knows his letters by sight, a lot of the sounds, his shapes, counting and numbers, and has a pretty good grasp on most colors. He's also picking up some words and reading. My mom bought them for her grandchildren, so we only watch them when he's over there. They can be really annoying for adults, but there is no question that they work.We found them at a local store for teachers.

Sarah - posted on 05/20/2009




My 2 year old knows all basic coulours and some non basic ones. It is nothing that I actually set out to teach him, just as part of naming things when he played - red car, yellow crayon, blue lego etc. He just seems to have picked it up from there. I guess in some ways, I probably did ask things like - which is the green car? Give me the purple car. to reinforce it.

Rebecca - posted on 05/19/2009




I also did what Stacy and Chris did and my three oldest knew their shapes, colors and could count to twenty by the time they were 2. Those other games might be fun, but this way you can teach your child wherever you are and it won't be such a stress for you or her.

Chris - posted on 05/19/2009




yes i do the same as stacy. i incorporate every day things with colour not just when we are colouring. this way your daughter also learns the differing hues of colour. u could have a game where by your daughter has to go around the house finding (red) things and have them on display for that day

Stacy - posted on 05/19/2009




My daughter is 26 months old and knows her colors very well. I would suggest incorporating them in your daily routine instead of trying to teach them to her in a specific activity. I use color adjectives all the time... "Jenny, please put on your purple coat", "Do you want to wear your white socks or yellow socks?", "Please finish your orange carrots".

Lindsay - posted on 05/18/2009




m&ms for the basics...if they get the color right, they can eat don't have to overdue it but ever now and then grab a few and you'll be amazed how quick she catches on! lol it makes it fun for them and just a little chocolate is good for the soul! enjoy!

Kristina - posted on 05/18/2009




I don't know if you've tried this yet but I bought my daughter the crayola finger paints and a roll of paper and every morning she goes at it painting away I let her pick which colors she wants to use (she only gets 3-4 at a time) In no time you could hear her say the colors she uses she doesn't always get them right but she's just turned two two weeks ago!! It works with crayons too, especially the shaped crayons! And every time you go somewhere and look at things together don't forget to mention what color it is and have your child repeat it. It gets really fun!!! Good luck!!

Shawna - posted on 05/18/2009




Start of with 2 colors. Put them in a little box and tell her to get the blue one. If she doesn't get it, just show her the right one and say the color. Do this until she has learned the 2 colors then add a 3rd color. Don't use blue and green for ur first 2 colors, i find my son gets these 2 mixed up so i dont think it would be good to use them for the 1st 2. Try yellow and blue then add red and so on. It worked well for me.

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