Colour awareness (1 - 2 year olds)

Recognising similarities and differences is a foundation for numeracy


Home Learning

What to do?

To build colour awareness you can take two different coloured baskets, help your child to find objects around the house that match these two colours and then place them into the respective baskets. If you do not have enough i.e. green objects you could print some pictures from the internet.

Colour and shape are two distinct attributes found in the world around us. Learning these attributes will help your child to define and organise the diversity around them.

All future academic development for your child will require the skills that come with recognising similarities and differences. These are the very skills used to discern the difference between letters and numerals, or to recognise patterns. Sorting random objects like leaves or keys for example, is done by categorising them by their most obvious attributes of colour, shape and size.

Different colours

Sorted colours

Learning outcomes

  • Mathematical foundation building through recognising different or similar colours
  • Language and communication skills enriched through social interaction and repetition of key words or phrases
  • Social and emotional development through positive affirmation
  • Gross motor development through co-ordination and muscle strength practice when walking around to find objects and placing them baskets

Ask your child

Asking your child questions encourages them to think and engage in deeper learning. For instance, you could ask them:

  • What colour is this basket?
  • And the second basket?
  • Where do think we can find some more colourful things?
  • What did you find?
  • What colour is that?
  • Which basket do you think it will go in to?