Bradford-Tioga Head Start, Inc. Pumpkins and Paints for Virtual Learning Experience

Canton EHS

Teaching color recognition to a child can begin as early as 18 months of age. Some children learn them sooner and some learn them later. But where does one begin?? The best place to start is by using everyday activities and routines that the child is already familiar with; such as during a meal, while on a walk, or when reading a book. Reinforce the color name by repeating it multiple times or by using the color words both before and after the noun (this is a yellow coat; this coat is yellow). It is important to use the color word both ways so your child can better understand the concept of color.

Teaching colors to children can also happen many fun activities too! Devyn, a child enrolled in the Canton Early Head Start socialization of Bradford-Tioga Head Start, Inc. recently worked with Canton Family Partner Jen Dinan to paint a pumpkin. During this virtual visit, Miss Jen talked with Devyn about the paint colors, the brushes, and the color of the pumpkin.

Children, like Devyn, use hearing, vision and language when they are learning about colors. Hearing to listen to Miss Jen talk about the color; vision to see the color; and language to talk about the color and other places it may be found. The more the color name is reinforced, the more easily it is for the child to learn the color.

Color identification is considered a milestone in a child’s cognitive development. When a child can distinguish color, it helps him/her build a pathway between visual clues and words. Although it takes time, teaching colors and engaging with children in helping them learn colors is an essential part of the education process.

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Devyn, a child enrolled in the Canton Early Head Start socialization of Bradford-Tioga Head Start, Inc. paints a pumpkin and learns about color!