Color me happy - Spring is here!

We’ve had a crazy winter here in the midwest - less snow and more sun than usual.  But I still get excited to see the flowers budding and the grass growing every spring.  As plant life awakens in yards and gardens, it is ideal time to teach or review colors with your child.  Walk around your neighborhood and identify colors you see.  Or visit a nursery or garden store and stroll through looking at flowers or plants and identifying the colors around you.

Children just learning color names will have fun with the 13 color worksheets to learn colors on our website.  Each color has it’s own page filled with delightful illustrations.  If your child is familiar with the names of a few colors, start with those worksheets to help him feel confident with this worksheet activity.  Then introduce new colors with the remaining worksheets.  You may want to print out all 13 worksheets and allow your child to point to the one he wants to work on next.  (I know that children are often more engaged in an activity when they have some say in what they are going to do.)  Reinforce the color name just learned by asking your child to point to other items or pictures with that color.  Story books can provide a variety of pictures to look at.  Your pantry or clothes closet can also serve as a source for finding colorful items.

If your child is already familiar with color names, you can teach the color words.  Many of the color words can be read by using phonetic knowledge to sound out the word, such as red, green, black, or gray.  Other words follow phonetic rules but are a bit more challenging, such as blue, yellow, brown, and white.  Others colors follow advanced phonics rules and may be more easily learned as a sight word, such as orange, purple, and pink.  The twelve color words worksheets provide practice reading color words.  The first three worksheets use the correct color when writing the color word.  The remaining nine worksheets require your child to read the color word to complete the assignment.  Your child may use some common reading “crutches” to identify the color word, which is fine when learning new words.  The first letter of the color word can be a helpful clue.  When two color words begin with the same letter(s), prompt your child to look at the ending letter or the vowel in each color word.

There are also games to play that reinforce your child’s learning while having fun!  Try some of the following activities:

  • Using the correct or matching color, print out color words on index cards.  Ask your child to place the word cards on items in your house with that color.  Then ask him to lead your around your house as he collects his cards and reads the color word.  Of course, you can increase the difficulty of this activity by making new cards and writing the color words in pencil or black ink.
  • Cut out color words and pictures from color words worksheets and create a matching game for your child.  Make sure that each picture is primarily one color and that there is the appropriate color word to match.  Again, start with colored color words and then increase the difficulty by exchanging the colored words with the words printed in black.
  • Reinforce colors by designating “Color Days.”  Assist your child in finding clothes in the special color for the day, serve food of that color, and decorate your house with pictures your child draws using only the crayon of the special color.
  • Cut out many of the colored pictures on the color words worksheets.  Ask your child to sort a pile of assorted pictures into groups based on color.
  • Ask your child to create a page dedicated to one color by finding pictures with that color in magazines.  Your child can cut out the pictures and paste them on a piece of white paper.  Ask him to label the page with the correct color word using the correct color crayon.  (You can provide a written sample of the word for your child to copy if he is not ready to spell the color word on his own.)
  • Read picture books that are dedicated to teaching colors.  Some recommended titles include: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? By Eric Carle, (2) Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin, (3) The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, (4) How Do Dinosaurs Learn Their Colors? by Jane Yolen, (5) Lemons Are Not Red by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, (6) Color Dance by Ann Jonas, (7) White Rabbit’s Color Book by Alan Baker, (8) Blue Hat, Green Hat by Sandra Boynton, (9) Maisy’s Colors by Lucy Cousins, and (10) Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh.

 

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