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You have probably heard the pride in your child’s voice as she names the colors of the balloons at the store checkout, or her delight when she realizes that a banana and pear are different shades of yellow. But there is much more to your child’s understanding of color than “knowing his colors. While it is important for him to know the names of the colors, it is just as important for him to know what to do with them. You can help by inviting him to notice many shades, hues, and tints. Make up names for these colors together, such as lemon yellow or apple red. You will be helping him use color as a means for creative thinking and language. Introduce your child to the world of shades and hues by giving her some paint swatches to explore.
She can sort them into different color piles, match similar colors, and create a sequence or “color train” of hues from light to dark. Bring out the glue stick and she can cut and paste the colors to make monochromatic collages of yellows, reds, blues, etc. Find more games and activities about color. We all use shape as a way of identifying and organizing visual information. Very early, your child begins to make a connection between familiar objects and their shapes.