Concentrate on Spring colors

Colors are all around us, and this is never more evident than in the spring.  After the often drab and gray environment of winter, it is a joyful experience to watch our communities come alive with budding trees, growing grass, and of course, flowers of all colors blooming every day!  This makes spring the ideal time to introduce color names to your little one. 

Kindergarten worksheets - matching colors in pictures

The 13 color worksheets to learn colors are ideal for teaching young children the names of colors.  Eleven colors are represented on eleven worksheets, with two additional worksheets providing a color “Match Game” to reinforce learning.  I suggest beginning with just two or three colors when introducing the color names to your little one.  Copy the color pages twice so that you have one page to cut apart.  Then cut out all of the appropriate pictures of the specific color and show them to your child, naming each picture with the color word.  For example, you might start with the red page and show your child the “blue tent, blue car, blue vest, blue mitten and blue bird.”  Add some household items (socks, cans, buttons, food, etc.) that highlight the color blue.  When your child seems comfortable identifying the first color, show him a second color with the pictures from the worksheet and additional items from your home.  When two colors are displayed, ask your child to “point to something blue” or “point to something red” from a line of items or pictures set in front of him.  When your child can successfully point to items or pictures of specific colors, make the game a bit more challenging.  Now hold up specific items and ask your child to name the color.  When two colors are well known, introduce one or two more colors to the mix.  Young children can be taught the basic 6 colors including red, blue, green, yellow, orange and purple.  Add black and white next and then introduce the colors pink, brown and gray.

To reinforce understanding of color names, try some of these activities:

Scatter items of two or three colors around your house.  Give your child a paper lunch bag and ask him to collect all the items of a specific color and put them in the bag.  He can use a crayon to color a circle on the outside of the bag to remind him of the color he is looking for.  Then give him a second bag for items of a second color, and so on.

Allow your child to help choose the clothes he will wear by naming the clothing by color.

Go on a spring walk and ask your child to find flowers, birds, or other things in nature of a specific color.  Or point to certain flowers, birds, etc. and ask your child to name its color.

Have a color day in which your child dresses in a specific color and eats food of that color.  Get your child’s input when choosing his clothing and his meals.
Cut out the colored pictures on the two School Sparks worksheets to create a Match Game and play with your child.  Make the playing pieces sturdier by gluing each picture on an index card cut to fit the square picture.

Read storybooks to your child that highlight colors.  Some recommended titles include:

  • Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle
  • Blue Hat, Green Hat by Sandra Boynton
  • A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni
  • Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh
  • Color Dance by Ann Jonas
  • White Rabbit’s Color Book by Alan Baker
  • Pete the Cat:  I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin
  • Lemons Are Not Red by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
  • A Fishy Color Story by Joanne & David Wylie

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