Learn the colours in English and Spanish

learn the colours in English and Spanish

Why not learn the colours in English and Spanish at the same time.

Children love colours and parents play a main role in helping them learn, here are some useful tips to help children learn the colours in English and Spanish.

Children usually learn about colour during their preschool years. The ability to identify colours is considered a marker and milestone in a child’s cognitive process, but it will be no trouble at all learning the colours in English and Spanish at the same time.

Children need to first acquire informational pieces before they can begin to understand colour as a concept.  Along with learning what each colour is called, children need to understand what colour represents; it’s not size, nor shape, nor the name of the object, nor the texture, not the number of things showing.  Constant repetition and expanding on what colours are and what they are not will help any child understand what the actual word colour means.

During the preschool years, children have a natural affinity to understand their world around them. Surrounded by a world of colour it is easy to use daily opportunities to discuss colours.  Of course, since teaching colour recognition to children is so important, there are many tools that can be used by parents and educators alike to help children learn about colour.

Point colours out when you are out and about, you can play games like  “I see a red flower,” then wait a minute to see if he points to it first. If he’s wearing a blue shirt, ask him if he sees anything else around him the same colour. He may surprise you by knowing and identifying colours you point out, even if he can’t name them verbally. When you emphasise on the name of the colour you are pointing at you can also say the colour in Spanish.

Colour sorting is an other great game to learn colours and keep the children entertained: use different colour plates and pom poms. The children will be very keen to put the right pom poms in the right plate! Again you can encourage the colour names in both languages.

Books are of course a great learning tool, check out this book collection: Mi primera biblioteca español- inglés de colores brillantes 

A beautiful book collection and poster to help learning the colours in English and Spanish.

Here is a list of some colours to learn:


Red: rojo

Yellow: amarillo

Orange: naranja

Brown: marrón

Blue: azul

Green: verde

Purple: Violeta

Pink: rosa


We also play all sorts of games to encourage colour learning in our classes which will be back in September. Find out more here.

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Happy colour learning!

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