5 Tools For Teaching Color To Tots

We've been loving color all month, which is all very well and good if you can tell your yellow from your blue. But do you have a little one at home who doesn't? Then here are a few teaching tools that you can use to pass your knowledge (and love) of color on to the next generation.

1. Flash cards. For design loving parents, who can go past Pantone's very own Oversized Flash Cards set? One side contains the color alone, the other has cool modern graphics that showcase that color.

2. A chart. Look at this amazing chart from Pottery Barn Kids! Not only does it show different colors, but can also explain colors in relationship with each other, a great tool for explaining concepts like complementary colors to older kids.

3. Books. An essential teaching tool: a book like Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle. Each page features a large image of an animal painted in one color: brown bear, black sheep, purple cat and so on.

4. Rainbow colored toys. A toy that allows for both exploration and imaginative play like this wooden rainbow stacker would be a good place to start.

5. Yourself! Don't forget, when you're at home or out and about, to be asking questions all the time. "What color apple would you like, red or green?" "I wonder what color these leaves are?" And so on. Never forget your importance as a guide.

(Images: 1-4: as linked above. 5: eyesogreen on Flickr, licensed through Creative Commons.)

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