Colour matching

Did you know that babies can see colour as well as adults from around the age of 6 months? They can SEE colours, they learn to MATCH colours, and then they learn to NAME colours. Colour naming takes much longer because colour is not an actual item, but a quality or descriptor of that item. So the item could be a lid, and all the qualities that describe the lid are: hard, round, plastic, blue, small, smooth, etc. When speaking to young children, try to use the descriptive word together with the name of the item, eg: “This is a round lid” or “These are your yellow socks or “This is your big car”. This helps your little one to start to see that different items can have the same qualities eg: her ball, her jersey and the door can all be red. This is a simple posting and matching activity that is suitable for children from 1 to 4 years. They can play with it on their own sometimes, and sometimes you can watch them play and name the colours for them, eg “That is a blue lid. Can you put it in the blue container?”