Help your child learn colors with this fun color-sorting activity!
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There are many casual ways to help your child learn colors. You can do things like point out the color of random things throughout the day. You can also ask them to name the color of the toy they’re playing with or the color of the shirt they’re wearing.
Another great way to help your kids learn colors is to plan a fun activity!
This activity is a super simple and quick way to help your child recognize and name colors. Plus it keeps them occupied for a bit!
It’s also a great activity to bring out when the weather’s not so good and you’re stuck inside all day.
What you need
- Fruit Loop cereal
- Construction paper OR colored cups or bowls (any or all of the same colors of the cereal)
- Something to write with
- Scissors (optional)
- Tape (optional)
1. Get one piece of construction paper for each color cereal (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple).
2. Cut each piece in half (put one half aside unless you’re using it for another child) OR use colored cups or bowls.
3. On each piece of construction paper, write out the color somewhere. This will help your child recognize the spelling of each color.
If using cups or bowls, cut small pieces of paper to label the color of each one. Using masking tape to label them would work too.
4. Lay a handful (or two) of the cereal in front of your child and have them start sorting the cereal. They will place each piece on the corresponding sheet of paper.
Have your child say the colors aloud as they sort.
1. Be sure to model how to do this for your child first so they know what they need to be doing.
2. Start with only a few colors to start with if your child seems to be overwhelmed with lots of colors.
It’s more than just a color-sorting activity.
Don’t stop there! Use this opportunity to practice one or more of these math skills with your child!
- Count the amount of each color you end up with and write it down on the paper.
- Use greater than, less than, and equal to to compare the numbers.
- Write the numbers in order from least to greatest and greatest to least.
- Choose two or more numbers to add together or subtract from one another.
- Add all the numbers to see how many pieces of cereal you have altogether. Have your child guess how many there are before you count.
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