I try hard to incorporate some learning activities into my son’s day. He’s young (25 months) so there isn’t much I can do but I have figured out that he is starting to pick up on colors and shapes. Before today, all I’ve done is say things like “That blanket is yellow!” or “you’re playing with a red truck!” When he came up to me showing me a yellow car and said “ello mommy,” I realized that something was sticking, at least a little bit. I remembered that my sister told me about an activity she did with her daughter when she was younger, so I decided to try it out, and it worked really well. By the time we were done, my son seemed to have colors down (although I’m sure he’ll forget if we don’t play again soon )
Here is what you need:
- mini m&ms
- a plate
So you can see how this works for you and adjust as you go, but here is what I did:
Get out a few m&ms (you don’t need all of them!) and put them in the middle of the plate. The first thing we did was sorting.
I had to help my little guy get the hang of it, but he figured it out pretty quick. He did want to eat them, and occasionally I would let him (I would say you can eat ONE blue one and help him find a blue one).
Once we had them sorted by color, we did some counting for fun (I think he’s a long way from numbers but it doesn’t hurt to practice!) We did lots of “where’s a green one?” and things like that.
After he had all he could take (about ten minutes is all.. I didn’t want to frustrate him too much), we started eating them. I would alternate which color he could eat and he seemed to have a really good time.
One of the things I think was a key to making this a successful activity was praise (and the fact that my son was eating mini pieces of chocolate). Each time he got the right color, I would get really excited and say something like “yeah! Good job!” I think the praise kept him from getting frustrated and helped him keep going with the activity.
Good luck teaching your little ones colors! Leave me a comment and let me know if you have any awesome suggestions for teaching colors. I’d love to hear them.