We use colours to decorate, depict our feelings, send out messages and what not. Knowledge of colours gives children the option to express themselves in different ways.
By Arun Sharma
The world is full of colours as nature has given everything a unique colour. We use the names of colours in various ways like identifying objects, communicating our choices and expressing our emotions. With colours finding such a wide application in our lives, it is very important to teach them to our children.
Although children are naturally attracted towards colours, using fun ways to teach them about it will make the task easier and interesting. Let’s look at some of the fun ways of teaching colours to children.
1. Play water and sand games: Children love playing messy games. Mixing colours not only helps them learn about colours but also helps in the development of sensorimotor skills. Give your child small bowls of water of different colours. Ask her to transfer the contents of one bowl into another and see the transformation. Alternatively, you can also prepare portions of sand of different colours by mixing each portion with one colour. Then, you can ask your child to mix the different coloured portions of sand.
2. Have mealtime fun: For snacks, cut fruits of different colours like an apple, an orange, a banana and a pineapple and give your child a few pieces of each on a plate. Ask him to sort the pieces according to their colours and then finish of his snack. During mealtimes, ask him to name the colours of the different preparations.
3. Dress her up: Children love wearing colourful outfits, especially of their choice. Tell your child to arrange her dresses according to their colour in the closet. When it is time to change her dress, ask her to name the colour of the dress she would like to wear. Then ask her to go to the closet and bring the dress.
4. Take advantage of technology: Gadgets have now become an inseparable part of our lives. Numerous educational apps are now available for children of all ages. Some of the apps that can be used to teach colours to your preschooler are ‘Learn Colors with Eggs’, ‘Learning Colors for Kids’, and ‘Kids Learn Colors’. However, when you give your child gadgets like smartphones and tablets, make sure that it is only for a short period. Else, there is a danger of your child developing an addiction to gadgets.
5. Go for a nature walk: Nature is full of colours, with different flowers blooming during different seasons. Take your child out to the park or a nearby garden where there are a variety of flowers. Your child would love to smell flowers and learn about them. And, while she is observing the flowers, you can also point out their colours to her.
6. Make a colour wheel: Take a polystyrene plate and divide its surface into triangles of equal area by drawing lines through the centre. Now give your kid some crayons and ask him to colour each triangle with a different colour. Once he is done, ask him to point to each colour and name it.
Parents are usually eager to test how much their child has learnt and start asking questions immediately after teaching him something. But, they shouldn’t do that. Teach your child well before you start testing his knowledge, else it may hurt his self-confidence and demotivate him.
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