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Colour recognition is an important skill for children to develop in the early years and there are so many fun and effective activities that parents can set up to help their child.
As with any new learning activity, plan for your child to succeed by giving an example, limit choices and build slowly, praise effort and success.
1. Start with your child’s favourite colour or the colour of something significant in your child’s life, e.g. your car. Talk about the colour of the object, e.g. “We are going in Mummy’s red car. Daddy’s car is not red”. All other colours are “not” the chosen colour.
2. Talk only about this colour: “Look here is a red peg” or “That one is not red.” At this stage don’t test your child, just highlight the word and concept.
3. Once your child can match colour put the red one with the red one, try sorting colours.
4. Using only 2two colours sort the objects into coloured bowls, e.g. “Put the red pegs together”, (that one is not red).
5. Once they can sort like objects, e.g. pegs, try sorting different objects that are the same colour. Find objects around the house the same colour. Give your child a sample to carry around with them. “Here is a red one, find something else red.”
6. Try a treasure hunt game. “See I have a red peg. Can you find something else red / or not red”. Make up a book of all red pictures.
7. Only start another colour when your child is confident identifying their favourite colour when out and about.
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