3 DIY Activities to Teach Your Toddler Colors


We’re mid “color discovering” phase with Liam and it’s so much fun!

Considering that he’s learning his colors in both French and English, we’re trying to keep it as simple as possible to not confuse him. That’s a lot of different words!

For the most part, we’ve been asking Liam to point to the colors – when I play with him, I ask him the colors in French (“jaune, comme le soleil!” (“yellow like the sun!”), and when his dad does, he asks him in English (“red, like elmo!”)

It’s been working out great so far – ‘m so impressed with this little guy! He is able to say some of the primary colors in French and English, but not every time. We’ve still got a long way to go 🙂

To make the color-learning phase challenging and enjoyable for your toddler (and you too, of course!), here are some easy DIY activities you can put together in under 20 minutes. Fun times for all guaranteed!

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For this activity, all you need is construction paper, laminate/adhesive liner (I bought this large roll for $4.93 on Amazon!), a sharpiescissors, and tape.

Trace your hand on a piece of construction paper(color of choice) with a sharpie. Then,  holding a neat stack of 5 pieces of construction paper (we did red, yellow, blue, orange, and green) trace your handprint, then cut the shape out. Then, for extra protection, all you ned to do is stick each handprint on a piece of laminate paper, cover it with another piece, and cut the shape out. Voila!

I like to tape the hands to a wall in the living room and ask Liam to “high five” the requested colors. He loves it!

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This is a fun activity involving those magnetic letters that we all seem to have in storage from our toddler’s first birthday or Christmas! 😉

All you need is a tray, magnetic letters, and construction paper. 

Have your child match the magnetic letter colors to each piece of construction paper. As shown above, we stick with blue, red, yellow, green, orange, and purple (the colors that the magnetic letters usually come in!)

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This is another really fun activity that can be expanded on using more baskets and more colors!

All you need are three (or more) plastic baskets, construction paper or post-its (in red and blue, or  other colors of choice), and air-filled ball pit balls. You can also hand select toys in each color to keep things fun! This activity is super easy and should entertain your little one for, hmmm, let’s say 5 minutes 😉

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Please share! xo

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Johanna Riehm teaches in the department of Communication and Media at Manhattanville College and in the department of English at Mercy College. She teaches courses in the history of communication, public speaking, and social media, as well as creative and technical writing workshops. Johanna’s work has been featured in Graffiti Literary Magazine, The Write Place at the Write Time, The Bangalore Review, Cactus Heart Press, and the LaMothe Review. She is working on her first longer work, a creative nonfiction novel called We Carved Our Names in Tamarind Trees.

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