Supporting your child to develop important thinking skills and strategies for kindergarten readiness does not mean turning your house into a private school. This can be done while you are doing other things at home or on the go. One valuable learning activity is helping your child learn colors.
Did you know that asking a child about colors is often included on readiness for kindergarten assessments? It is not so much the colors themselves that are important as what is revealed about how a child learns. Naming a color correctly is surprisingly quite complex.
Children need to see many examples of all colors so they can gradually sort out which ones belong together in a group. Because each color comes in so very many shades, it’s hard to figure out which ones really do go together. To learn colors, besides knowing the words, children also need to know how to group similar things together and how to compare objects to see if they belong or not. Kids need to do this over and over hundreds of times as they figure it all out. Having fun at the same time makes it easier to learn and to remember.
Technically not a color, white is still pretty easy to name. Snow is white, what else is white? Cotton balls and tubs are often white. Clouds are white and so are kleenex tissues. As you and your child move around the house or outside, you can play “I Spy with my little eye…” and look for things that are white. Many cars these days are white. Is there anything white on the ground where you live? Looking for white could be an easy and fun winter learning activity.
Another activity could be painting on white, but you will need colored paper. You can show your child what happens when a color is added to white, and when white is added to a color. If doing laundry is on the to-do list today, have your little one help you sort all the clothes that are white and all the ones that are other colors. That’s a lesson, even for grownups. Have you ever forgotten the color in a white load lesson?
Today, kindergarten readiness fun and learning is taking a bath, a color bath that is. This play-of-the-day is one of my personal favorites. I love decorating eggs. It’s a fun activity for all ages. Younger toddlers like to watch the color changes. Older kids can be much more creative, combining colors and adding decorations. Adults can create elaborate designs. Activities that are done year after year build traditions and memories and connect families. Here’s some ways this helps with skills that last much longer than kindergarten:
Colors are difficult to learn because there are so many different ones for each color name. Kids need to have lots of experiences in order to be able to match a color to it’s name. This is a way for kids to practice the names of colors and to experiment with how colors can mix and change. Some children like to have only 1 color for each egg, others will dip 1 egg in every color available, which usually makes a sort of purple-grey.
There are so many variations such as wrapping around elastic bands, covering parts with wax crayon or tape, wrapping eggs with old tissue paper, adding a bit of olive oil for a marble effect, decorating with stickers or glitter glue, and more. This is wonderful for imaginations.
Waiting for eggs to color and dye stretches patience and concentration. When working with others, it’s important to share and take turns. There’s a sense of anticipation and excitement as kids watch and discover, as well as a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment.
Maybe we can’t tell eggs a joke in case they crack up, but do you agree we can sure have a lot of fun and learning coloring them?
Christmas is a kaleidoscope of colors and supporting children to learn colors helps kids develop an important skill for kindergarten readiness and more. Attaching the correct word to each color is much, much more than matching. It is a very complex process that needs a great deal of experiences.
Children need to see many examples of all colors and gradually they sort out which ones belong together in a group. Then they attach just one name to all the examples in that group. Because each color comes in a variety of shades it’s hard to figure out which ones go together. At this time of year, how many different reds are there? Santa’s hat, Rudolph’s nose, cranberries, bricks, candy canes, cherries on cookies, and sticky tongues are all red, but not exactly the same. That goes for all of the other colors, too.
To learn colors, besides knowing the words, children also need to know how to group similar things together and how to compare objects to see if they belong or not. They need to do this over and over hundreds of times as they figure it all out. Having fun at the same time makes it easier to learn and to remember.
You and your child can check out the colors of Christmas displays, put similar colors of decorations together while trimming the tree, nibble on some red cherries and some green cherries when making cookies, look at the color of fruits and veggies in the store, and sort laundry out by colors. Little hands might want to paint some pictures with lots of color to give or send to family and friends. This one better go in the mail right away!! What are some other ways to color your child’s world?
Every year I can hardly wait to decorate Easter eggs. Even though I’ve been doing it as long as I can remember there is always something different. If decorating Easter eggs is something you do with your child it can create a lifetime of memories (and of course helps with kindergarten readiness). A quick search on … Continue reading Easter Fun and Learning #6→