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Sorting By Colors

October 18, 2008

Children enjoy naming things that are familiar to them. Being able to correctly name the colors in their world gives them a great deal of confidence.

Matching Colors

crayons in the basic colors (using crayons help build fine motor skills, the muscles in the fingers)
paint brushes
large sheets of paper
tempera paint

  1. Use this sorting activity with the apples to help determine if your child is ready for more colors. If not, continue working on only 3 colors: red, green and yellow.
  2. Then you can start to add more colors. An easy way to introduce colors is just by talking about colors in everyday conversation. For instance, “Look how blue the sky is today!” or “What color shirt do you want to wear today, green or orange?” while you are holding up the two choices.
  3. When your child is coloring use sincere comments like, “I like how you used the red there.”
  4. When she recognizes the primary colors: red, yellow and blue, you can show her how those colors combined will make green, orange and purple (secondary colors on the color wheel). She’ll have fun experimenting, especially when she puts too many colors together. She’ll find she gets shades of brown/black. After she has experimented with small amounts of paint, have her make a painting mixing herr own colors. It’s sure to be a masterpiece to treasure.
  5. Start playing games like: Candy Land and Trend Color Match which works on color recognition.


Watch your child when she is doing the activities and it will give you an indication if she understands and can match all the colors correctly. If she is confused on variations of colors or just one, extra practice with those will reinforce the concept.

Color Assessment Worksheet pdf

Coloring sheets from Crayola can be done online or printed. Your child can select between various markers, colored pencils and size of tip. Great for fine motor. Your child might get frustrated with a small tip but may enjoy the option of being able to start over with only a click. They also have mazes and other games for children of all ages to enjoy.


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