Best Toys to Teach Colors in 2021
The Best Toys to Teach Colors
November 12, 2021

The Best Toys to Teach Colors

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The Best Toys to Teach Colors .
The Best Toys to Teach Colors

Whether you’re gazing at a giant rainbow or simply pausing in front of the bright red glare of a stop sign, colors are everywhere in our world—and watching your little one discover them is pretty amazing.

Babies begin to see color within a few weeks of birth, and by three or four months old start being able to distinguish between them, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. And while simply being out in the world is the best way to share color with your little one, you can boost color learning and recognition with toys, too.

Here are the 12 best toys specifically designed for teaching colors to babies and toddlers.

A Timeless Rainbow

Toys from the German company Grimm’s are an investment, but they’re beautifully made and can be passed down through multiple generations, so we think they’re worth the higher price tag. This set of seven peg dolls each come in their own color-coordinated wooden bowl. They’re deceptively simple; there are so many ways to play with them, and you’ll be surprised what types of imaginative play your little one can come up with.

Stack & Match

This wooden peg board combines two activities toddlers love to do most: stacking and sorting. Each peg corresponds to a different color of the shape pieces, and each color and shape have a designated amount to stack in numerical order (so kiddo can learn counting at the same time!). Taking the pieces off and putting them back on again is a great way for your toddler to learn colors, build fine motor skills, and of course have some fun.

Sustainably Sourced

This simple wooden color matching game is sustainably produced, made with non-toxic color stains and one of our favorite ways to introduce colors and language to little ones. The eggs are two-sided, with the color name in English on one side and in Spanish on the other. Toddlers will love the silly chicken faces on each egg and the fun in finding just the right color match.

For the Mess Makers

Finger painting is probably the most hands-on way possible for a little one to learn colors. As they dig right in and start creating—i.e. making a mess—they’ll get to experience colors in a totally different way from other toys (luckily these paints are washable, so the mess won’t be too bad!). This set comes with the three primary colors, and all the paints mix together well, so your toddler will learn all about the basics of color theory and creating all new colors.

Sssssso Many Colors!

Ssssso you want to teach your toddler about colors? Check out this friendly snake! (Sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves.) This brightly colored, natural wood snake puzzle is a great way to introduce your toddler to some color fun and help improve your little one’s fine motor and spatial skills, too. We also love that the underside of each piece of the snake’s body has its own 3D shape underneath, adding to the difficulty level. Keep in mind: This toy is final sale only on Maisonette’s website.

Eggcellent Color Game

These should be the only dozen eggs you let your toddler play with, ever. Each one contains a different color and number with corresponding pegs and holes, so your little one will have to figure out the right match in order to get the eggs to snap back together. Just like some of the other toys on our list, this one’s great for teaching more than just colors—it also helps with counting and number skills, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills and more.

Coolest Crayons Ever

Got a fan of dinosaurs on your hands? Crayons are a classic tool for learning colors, and these crayons have the huge bonus of being shaped just like a pack of stegosauruses! Plenty of Etsy shops create crayons that will capture your little one’s attention, so you’re bound to find a set shaped like something your kiddo loves (like cars, unicorns or their own name).

Farm Fun

Take color exploration to the farm with this color sorting play set. It contains five oversized plastic baskets, each labeled with a different color, and 25 kid-friendly play fruits and veggies. Toddlers will love matching the various foods to their corresponding baskets. The play food can also be used on its own for imaginative play, a nice bonus.

Pantone Primer

For a quieter way to teach colors (phew), add this beautiful board book based on the famous Pantone color system to your collection. Each page introduces your toddler to one of nine basic colors and 20 shades of each. The book is beautifully designed and is a good start to exploring the color world.

Building Color Skills

You may not think of LEGO as a toy for teaching colors, but you should. These basic building blocks made in all shades of the rainbow are the perfect first toy for introducing your older baby or toddler to colors. They’re also great, of course, for sparking creative thinking and encouraging problem-solving skills. These oversized Duplo blocks are perfectly sized for toddler hands.

On a (Color) Roll

It’s not always easy to find a game that isn’t too tough for the (easily frustrated) toddler set—but Roll & Play has managed to do it and do it well. This simple but fun game includes a large plush cube with a different color on each side and 48 game cards. There are clear, simple instructions and lots of fun ways to play that won’t end in tears. (We promise!)

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