Readiness for Kindergarten – Pumpkins for Colors

When I got back to the airport on the weekend my husband and I waited for my luggage. It’s become a shared joke that I ask him to pick up my grey suitcase and he asks if I mean my green one. I will admit there is a hint of green but the color is so dull that it cannot possibly be green; it’s grey.

Learning colors is difficult for children, not just because of all the variations for each one. In order for children to learn a color they need to see lots of things that are that color and lots that are not, gradually figuring out which shades go with which name. Colors are not objects but many different objects will share a color; suitcases, pants, coats, rocks and elephants are grey. I have posted about colors before because kids need lots of experiences and practice to learn about colors.

Many kindergarten readiness checklists include being able to identify colors. This gives teachers an idea of a child’s level of thinking skills. Kids who are struggling with colors may be struggling with other concepts, too. To help your little one with the readiness for kindergarten concept of colors, use the motivation of a pumpkin. What color is it? What other things are orange like pumpkins? Oranges, traffic cones, cheese, carrots, clownfish, etc. Might there be some orange crayons or paints or playdough at your house or care center? Or an orange snack? Orange you having fun?

Readiness for Kindergarten – Pumpkins and Puzzles

Pumpkins start with the letter “p”. So do puzzles. Puzzles are a terrific tool for several kindergarten readiness learning skills. Children learn to match the shapes of the pieces to the places where they fit and to look at the pictures and check where they go. Fine motor coordination is needed as kids manipulate and handle the pieces. They learn lots of new vocabulary, for example, twist, turn, fit, wiggle, corner, bumps, match, edge, and more. Lots of language is needed such as “does that piece go there? Where does it fit?” etc. Plus, there’s noticing small details and visual discrimination. As they work kids are focusing and expanding attention span. These are only a few of the readiness for kindergarten skills that come into play.

Puzzles with only a few pieces and knobs are good for very young munchkins to start with. As they learn and practice, kids can do puzzles with more pieces and choices. No matter their age they enjoy doing them over and over again as they refine their skills. Wood or cardboard puzzles are very sturdy and can even be used for more than one generation! Did you have a favorite puzzle?