Children can typically begin to identify different colors by age two or two and a half. When they can identify colors by name, they can begin to categorize objects in their environment. Knowledge of colors also helps children communicate by correctly describing what they see and by understanding when something is described to them.
To begin, young children simply need to recognize broad color families. Dark red, bright red, and pale red are all in the red color family, for example.
The color worksheets to learn colors that we just added to our collection of kindergarten worksheets are perfect for introducing your child to the basic colors. If your child is already familiar with the basic color families, these worksheets will reinforce that knowledge and foster your child’s self-confidence as he completes the beginning worksheets with ease.
To reinforce early learning of the colors, ask your child to become a “color detective.” Send him on a mission to collect items around your home of a speciﬁc color, such as blue. When he returns with a handful of blue items, send him off again to collect items of a different color. When his interest in hunting for colors wanes, ask him to count each group of items to see which group has more. To add to the fun for an older child, encourage him to guess, in advance, which color group will have the most items before he begins the hunt.
With time, young children will begin to show an interest in not only identifying colors but also learning the printed word that represents each color. The intermediate color words worksheets are designed to introduce this concept in a gradual way.
These worksheets require your child to match each printed word with a picture that contains that color. But, each word is printed in color rather than in black. Although your child may rely on his color matching skills to assist him in completing the worksheet, he will be exposed to the word in print and will become familiar with some of the letters in each word. As your child looks at each colored word, say the word aloud and point out the individual letters in the word. Through this style of casual but repeated exposure, your child will be able to learn what each color word looks like and he will be able to add the color words to his sight word vocabulary.
To reinforce this style of gradual learning, try labeling different bins or baskets with a color word written in the corresponding color. Then, ask your child to sort his clothing into the different bins based on color, using the color-coded label on each bin as his guide. As children need to pull items from their closet at least twice each day (when changing out of pajamas in the morning and when changing back into pajamas in the evening), your child will have many opportunities to see each color word together with matching colored items.
As your child begins to identify the different letters in each color word, he will begin to remember and read the color words when they are written in a neutral color such as blue or black ink. The advanced color words worksheets will give your child an opportunity to practice reading the color words, either by sounding them out or because he has added the color words to his sight word vocabulary.
To reinforce this advanced learning, try writing (with black ink) the different color words on small note cards and taping the cards on items around your home that have the corresponding color. Or, you can create a game by giving your child note cards with one color word written in black ink on each card and directing him to tape each card to an object that contains the color written on the card.
Questions for a kindergarten teacher?
Have any questions about how to introduce the colors to your child, how to incorporate different color sorting games into your daily routine, or how to help your child get over a stumbling block such as matching the printed words to the corresponding colors? I would love to hear from you! Please consider commenting here so I can answer the question below and others can benefit from our dialog. I look forward to hearing from you.