Colour is a big part of your child’s world, helping them learn and play. Children are drawn to bright colours because they relate to happiness and energy. By exploring colour with their senses, children are able to understand and relate to the emotions it elicits. Take a black and white photo and a colour photo: children are able to interpret the colour photo in much greater detail because their imagination is stimulated by the colours they can see.
A child’s ability to recognise different colours develops at around 18 months and by the age of 3 years most children can name the primary colours. The more exposed children are to different colours through books, pictures and toys, the quicker they learn. Your child’s colour likes and dislikes relate to their individual character and stage of development.
Discovering different colours in your local area is a brilliant game for children so why not go on a colour walk? Choose a colour, wear as much of that colour as you can and then go out and about looking for your chosen colour in your local area.
Create a rainbow picture. Using colouring pencils, paint or even materials, create a rainbow showing all the different colours so your child can easily distinguish between them. This will also help them learn the names of each.
For tiny tots who just love to eat the paint, why not add natural food dye to plain yoghurt for edible finger painting. Squirt the different colours into blobs on some paper and let them get creative.
Let your child explore different colours safely by creating rainbow discovery bottles. Simply fill a transparent plastic bottle with different coloured materials, objects or liquids and it will amuse them for hours. Here’s a tutorial for how to make a rainbow discovery bottle.
Egg box colour sorting is a fun and reusable activity for helping your children learn their colours. Paint several egg boxes in different bright colours and put them all in a larger container with multi-coloured buttons or mini pom poms. Getting your child to sort the objects into the right coloured boxes not only helps with colour learning, but also fine motor control which aids pencil grip later in life.
Focus on one colour by making a colour themed sensory box with different toys and objects of your chosen colour. Go through each object saying its name and colour so your child becomes familiar with the colour and associates it with different objects.
Did you know that there are 40 different colours of STABILO Pen 68? STABILO is proud to offer a myriad of coloured pens and pencils for all ages. Visit our colouring section to view our full stationery range.
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