Learning about colours

Learning about colours

December 13, 2018
Posted by Rose Mengler

Why should we learn about colours? Colour is one of the most noticeable attributes of the world around us. For babies and small children, understanding colour is an essential building block they will use for learning in all areas of their life. So when it comes to designing kids’ spaces, colour is one of the most important elements to consider.

Colours can also impact an individual’s mood, emotional wellbeing, productivity, learning and behaviour.

Colour recognition can provide children with essential learning tools in life. For example, in mathematics, colour recognition is used to categorise, sort, compare and organise. Additi

onally, as children learn to identify colours and use colour as a language tool to describe things, it develops and strengthens their ability to communicate effectively.

By teaching your child about colour (including shades, tones and hues), you will also be helping them to use colour as a means of creative expression in all aspects of life.

Great recommended books about colours to read to your child(ren):

Where is the Green Sheep? By Mem Fox

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? By Bill Martin, Jr.

Flashcards of colours



I can sing a rainbow (Sign language)


ACTIVITIES: All can be done in the comfort of your own home.

  • Mixing coloured playdough balls yellow and blue
  • Painting with green mixing yellow and blue paint, or purple with red and blue
  • Eye droppers- with colours, yellow, blue, red, onto paper towel
  • Coloured cut up paper for pasting
  • Coloured rice with funnels
  • Coloured cars on car mat
  • Puzzles with bright colours
  • Driving cars through red, yellow and blue paint
  • rolling golf balls through paint and watch the paint mix together
  • Water paints
  • Water Balloons
  • Coloured balls in  small blow up pool
  • Tent  – books and coloured pillows
  • Coloured wooden blocks
  • Sensory experience Grass with materials
  • Sorting colours
  • Talking about the colours you see and pointing them out
  • Eye spy with my little eye, something that is blue?, The sky?
  • Shaving foam and drops of dye mix with hands

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