A Breakfast Invitation for Two Year Olds
Inside: two-year-old color sorting game for Breakfast Invitations
Your two-year-old doesn’t know all of the colors?
That is completely okay!
Whether your child can identify colors at 20 months, or begin to catch on at 2.5+, the most important thing to remember is that all children learn their colors over time.
It is also important to understand that even within the same family, you can see large differences on who learned what when.
So do me a favor, and not sweat it!
Instead, join us here to begin to implement fun, hands-on ways to help make learning colors stick and get reinforced.
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To begin, use only a few colors.
I know. So many colors, so little time, right?
Quite the opposite. Think so many colors, plenty of time.
And hands-on color sorting ideas like this are here to help. Here your child will see the colors, touch the colors, and listen to the color names as you reinforce by saying it out loud.
Two-year-olds need time to explore with their senses.
In fact, so do all children.
Sensory play and hands-on learning should be in your child’s daily schedule. If it isn’t, you can begin today. You can read all about how to begin sensory bins with little ones here.
For this color sorting activity, begin by introducing the three primary colors: red, blue, and yellow.
Allow your child to get comfortable with identifying matches and hearing the color name being associated with the color shade.
There is no rush to make this more complicated. In fact, both my almost four-year-old and five-year-old came up to join my 23 month old as he played. Color sorting is almost always a win for many different ages.
Let’s set this color sorting game up!
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NOTE: THESE BEARS ARE SMALL AND COULD BE A CHOKING HAZARD. ALL COUNTERS LISTED HERE ARE SUGGESTED FOR AGES 3+. USE YOUR DISCRETION TO WHICH COLORED OBJECTS WILL WORK BEST FOR YOUR TWO-YEAR-OLD. DAYS WITH GREY LLC IS NOT LIABLE FOR YOUR DECISION.
Set this two-year-old activity up in minutes!
Tape down your white paper to the table.
Add dot stickers around your paper.
Place the bears to the left of the paper. This will encourage taking from the left and working to the right. You can read why working this way is so important here.
Invite your child to begin.
As your child looks for the correct color match, try saying things like this:
That’s blue! Can you say blue?
I see you have a red bear. Where do you think the red bear will go?
Which dot looks the same as the yellow bear you have? Can you find another dot that looks like the yellow bear?
Children learn through repetition.
The more they hear you thinking out loud, the more tools you are giving them to use when working on their own as they begin to connect the dots with learning.
When your child places a bear on the wrong color, try saying things like:
Does that look right? Let’s check it.
Learning colors with your toddler does not have to be rushed. Take some time to start slow and allow your two-year-old touch each color as they begin to associate it with a color name.