Colours are everywhere and it is important for your child to explore colours. Early identification of colours helps to create the cognitive link between visual clues and words. Some other benefits of colour recognition include: boosting language skills because learning to identify and describe colours improves the child’s ability to communicate and express themselves. Learning colours strengthens math skills, helping a child learn how to sort, organize, categorize, and compare. In fact, the ability to identify colours is considered a marker and milestone in a child’s cognitive process¹.
This month, our Montessori at Home blog will be focused on colour exploration. This fun activity from our infant NIDO is especially for parents to work with children of infant age. From birth to age 3, your child’s brain is developing more rapidly than at any other time. In fact, more learning is taking place now than at any other stage of development. Dr. Maria Montessori created a philosophy of education that begins at birth, when infants’ minds are already busy absorbing their environment and learning about the world. This activity is an easy way to introduce colour to little ones, and it makes a very pretty craft as well!
To begin, parents should introduce primary colours (red, blue and yellow). Secondary colours can be introduced next. Don’t forget to involve your child! For example, include them when you’re mixing colours. Isn’t it interesting to see how the colours change? In terms of mediums, think outside of the box. Paintbrushes may not be the only medium for your child to use. In this activity, we decided to use a flower instead! What other unusual materials might you have in the house that you can use?
- Baby wipes
- Flower stalk (we opted for a big and many petaled rose here)
- Rubber bands
Step 1. Lay the working materials out
Step 2. Introduce the colours that are going to be used in the activity to your child
Step 3. Using the flower stalk, encourage your child to paint on the wet wipe. You can tie the wipe at both ends or open it up for your child to paint on it.
Step 4. Talk to your child about what is happening. Early language exposure is very important for developing infants and helps them to develop linguistically.
Step 5. Once their masterpieces have been created, remember to encourage not praise! Do they feel proud of what they have made? Perhaps there is somewhere at home that they can display their work?
Super simple but effective! Try the different iterations and levels at your own leisure. As they progress from infant to toddler, we recommend moving on to the next stage of sorting colours with our Colours Sorting Fun Montessori at Home activity.