After our trip to the Crayola Experience, I noticed the only color Amelia could clearly identify was pink. Or as she referred to it, “Mine”. This may be my fault because of this and this too… Anyway, I decided it was time for us to be a little bit more thoughtful about learning colors! One of the challenges I find is to create activities that can reach both kids. Connor is so quick to jump at finding the answer Amelia sometimes gets left in the dust.
Learning Colors with Books
Some of both Connor and Amelia’s favorite books are the Priddy Books, especially Happy Baby Colors. The colors are bright. The photos are simple and beautiful. The babies are gosh darn adorable. Between the two, we have spent hours reading these books. Connor loves to be able to read them to Amelia now!
While at our favorite hardware store, I picked up an assortment of bright square paint chips. I liked that they were one bright solid color and the paint chips are printed on strong sturdy paper. During our first adventure, Amelia held on to the paint chips and Connor ran around outside and found things in that particular color.
We received these awesome counting bears when we participated in a grant funded Ready for Kindergarten program offered at our local elementary school. We started participating when Connor was two and attended 6 sessions. These cool bears and cups are awesome for all kinds of things: colors, sorting, counting, patterns and even math. I had tried sorting colors with Amelia a few months ago and she didn’t quite get it. This time she immediately caught on and sorted away. She thought it was pretty funny when she got a bear in the wrong color cup.
She definitely has a better grasp of colors than I thought she had. The sorting activities are just challenging her enough to find successes. While it is hard for Connor not to try and “help” her, he is enjoying helping her learn her colors too.