This Giant Color Sorting activity is one of our favorites because it get the kids moving! Children get exercise while becoming familiar with giant-sized Chinese characters. In addition, the color sorting activity is great because kids learn to categorize things in the home. I promise it takes almost no time or effort to prepare!
When is the best time to teach your child colors? This “lesson” is really an ongoing process from birth. When you are reading and playing with your child, make sure to point to and describe objects by their color. Children will gradually recognize the pattern based on repetition. You can also focus on one color at a time, such as, focus on red objects for one week, then orange the next week, etc.
While I would generally introduce color sorting between ages 18 months to 3 years, I set up this activity when my 老二 (lǎo èr / second child) turned 1. Of course, kids do not normally name their colors at that age, but since 老大 (lǎo dà / oldest child) was distinguishing colors at that point, I couldn’t help but wonder if 老二 might be ready to learn! Yes, I’m guilty of comparing the two of them, and 老二 is definitely all about throwing and climbing things instead of trying to match colors! Still, it was adorable to see 老大 trying to teach 老二, while 老二 was happily doing his own thing!
- 颜色 (Yánsè / colors)
- 红, 橙, 黄, 绿, 蓝, 紫, 粉 (hóng, chéng, huáng, lǜ, lán, zǐ, fěn / red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink)
What you need:
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- 8″x11″ Colorful paper
- Laminator (optional)
- Laminator sheets (optional)
- Painter’s tape
- Printable Chinese color names in large font (free download available in simplified Chinese and traditional Chinese)
- Colorful objects (eg, Grimm Wooden Friends, B. Toys One Two Squeeze Blocks, Ikea Cups, Colorful Clothespins, Grimm Wooden Stacker)
What to do:
- Print out Chinese color names onto corresponding colored paper
- Laminate each sheet (recommended for repeat use)
- Affix colorful sheets to surface with painter’s tape. We placed the colors in rainbow order, but you can also spread them out throughout the room to encourage more exercise!
- Gather desired objects and start matching!
If you try this Giant Color Sorting activity, let us know! Please leave a comment or tag a photo @ChalkAcademy on Instagram. Happy learning, friends!
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