Many of my patients with Down syndrome between 3 and 6 struggle to learn their colors so I am always looking for *new* ways to work on this. I just pulled out an old resource my mom actually passed onto me in grad school by June Oberlander called, “Slow and Steady Get Me Ready.” She suggests the following:
- Point to a color the child is wearing. Say the color by name. Tell the child to look for something else in the room that is the same color.
I’ve taken this idea a step further for my preschoolers with Ds. And here’s where a little prep work can pay off. Before the child comes in the room “plant” items of the same color in obvious places. Give an example first showing your child how to find the color. Point first to their red shirt, “Your shirt is red,” and then to the red ball, “This ball is red.” You can name the color out loud as well as sign it (www.signingsavvy.com). My preference is to start with one to two colors and move on once they’ve learned these.
You will be working on the following skills with this activity:
- Environmental Awareness
- Color Matching
- Vocabulary – Colors
- Attention to Detail