Children begin to recognize colour when they are around 18 months old.
At that age, children can also spot other similarities and differences like texture, size, and shape. Identifying colours by name is a trait that children develop between age 3 and age 5.
As children we learn to classify colours. We also learn how to use colour to describe objects. Colour can be a signal of caution and danger – like yellow or red. Colour can also help us to distinguish temperature and more.
Learning colours develops and strengthens the communication ability of children.
The simplest way to teach your toddler how to recognize colour is by describing items, and allowing the child to sort them by colour.
Here are some creative ways you can use Connetix Tiles to help your child learn colours by sorting.
Colour Matching with Connetix And Construction Paper
For this activity, you will need your Connetix Tiles, some painter’s tape – or any tape that won’t damage your floors – and some construction paper. You can also use our big tiles instead of construction paper for this activity.
Tape down sheets of construction paper in the colours you want to teach your child.
The colours of Connetix Tiles are blue, yellow, red, orange, green, and purple.
To create an easy start, choose 2 contrasting colours at the beginning, like green and orange.
Place the Connetix near your child in a shuffled manner so they can pick which colour they want to sort.
You can also guide your child by placing a few tiles on the paper first, to give them a guideline to start matching.
Show your child how to sort the Connetix! Show them how each block rests on the same paper as its corresponding colour.
As your child places the Connetix Tiles on each sheet of paper, you can guide them as necessary by letting them know if they placed the right block on the right paper.
You can use this activity to teach your child the names of colours as well. Have them call the name of the colour as they pick it up, or let them repeat the name after you say it.
You can also name a colour of your choice and ask them to pick up a matching Connetix Tile.
To help your child memorize colours, you can also tell them or ask them about things in the world that are the same colour. For example, the blue sky, the red shirt, and so on.
Building Colour Towers
You can also use this activity as a Suncatcher!
Choose how wide you want the tower to be. As an option, you can place down big tiles of the same colour as a base.
Ask your child to build storeys or walls around the Connetix large square tiles, with tiles of matching colours. For example, you can ask them to build a level of only green tiles, or add 3 levels to the green tower.
Repeat step 2 and guide your child as they select their colours to build towers.
Colour by Name with Puzzles
You can create a puzzle that your child can enjoy filling in and learn to identify colours at the same time. For this activity, you need some paper or cardboard, and markers to draw your puzzle outline. We have free printables that you can download and use to create your puzzle.
Build the puzzle first, tracing around the outline of each tile to mark its place. After you pick up one tile, write the name of the colour inside of the outline. You can choose to write the name in the matching colour.
Let your child fill in the puzzle. You can ask them to fill in all the blocks of one colour at a time, if you wish. To help your child learn the colour, you can point out its name and ask them to read it as they fill in the puzzle.
When your child has a firm grasp on the names of colours, you can start teaching them how to combine colours to create new ones. Purple, Orange, and Green are the secondary colours available in all Connetix packages.
Here are some fun activities you can use to teach your child how to mix colours.
Connetix Rainbow Suncatcher
Decide what shape your Suncatcher should be. You can make any shape, like a castle or a rainbow. Keep some tiles aside for Step 5.
Pick a window or safe place in your home where the sun shines through. Sort the necessary tiles by colour and put them in the order of the rainbow.
Build your Suncatcher. While you are building, point out the colours to your child, and what colour they make when they blend together.
Let the Sun do its work! Watch how beautifully the sunlight shines through the tiles, creating amazing refractions. Ask them to name the colours or have them repeat the colour names after you.
While the Sun is shining through your wonderful Rainbow Suncatcher, have your child place new tiles onto it, to make new colours! For example, using red and yellow to make orange, blue and green to make turquoise, and purple and orange to make brown.
Have a wonderful time!
We hope you enjoy using Connetix Tiles to help your children learn about colours. Teaching your children about shades, tones, and hues of colour will aid them in using colour as they grow, to creatively express themselves.