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How to teach your child colors with food

Updated on December 29, 2013

Help your child learn colors with food!

 Most preschools and day-cares have a color of the week.  If your doesn't or if your child stays home with you; having your own color of the week is a great idea!

Incorporate the color of the week in as many parts of the day as possible to help your child learn his/her colors.  Use the color name as often as you can while speaking.

Make if fun (and delicious) to learn colors by adding them to the snack and meal table!  Here are a few ideas of food items you can include in your child's week for various colors:


  •  apples
  • tomatoes
  • spaghetti sauce
  • tomato soup
  • red bell peppers
  • cherries
  • cherry tomatoes
  • strawberries
  • cranberry juice


  •  orange juice
  • oranges
  • clementines
  • orange bell peppers
  • yams
  • sweet potato pie
  • sweet potato fries
  • pumpkin pie
  • carrots
  • carrot cake
  • cheese
  • cheese puffs


  • Lemon
  • Lemonade
  • yellow bell peppers
  • bananas
  • apple sauce
  • apple juice
  • pasta with butter
  • golden apples
  • spaghetti string squash
  • corn


  •  green bell peppers
  • green apples
  • lettuce/salad
  • spinach
  • zucchini
  • cucumbers
  • broccoli
  • green beans
  • peas
  • lime
  • green cool-aid


  •  blueberries
  • blueberry muffins
  • blueberry pancakes
  • blue cool-aid
  • cupcakes with blue frosting
  • blue popsicles


  • Eggplant
  • purple grapes
  • grape juice
  • purple Popsicles
  • purple cool-aid
  • purple cabbage (coleslaw)
  • beets


  • wheat bread
  • beef gravy
  • peanut butter
  • peanut butter cookies
  • chocolate
  • chocolate pudding
  • chocolate milk
  • co-co
  • graham crackers
  • baked beans



  • white bread
  • milk
  • mashed potatoes
  • vanilla ice cream
  • country gravy
  • sour cream
  • cauliflower
  • white onions


  • black olives
  • blackberries
  • black licorice
  • black pepper
  • cupcakes with black frosting
  • black beans (with rice)

Have fun with it!

 See how many more foods you can come up with in each color category!  Make it a super market field trip/treasure hunt.

Get creative!  Your child will follow your enthusiasm.  This isn't just something that can be educational; it's something the entire family do together and enjoy!


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    • Mom Kat profile image

      Mom Kat 7 years ago from USA

      I'm glad you all like my hub. I have many more ideas that I impliment at home, as well as those I used in my classroom as a preschool teacher.

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      ladyt11 7 years ago

      this is an awesome idea! i'm going to do this with my neice and nephew, ages 4 and 2. thank you for sharing momkat and i like your name(momkat, its fierce!)

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      daisyjae 7 years ago from Canada

      This is a great idea I can use for my daycare kids.

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      Sam 7 years ago from Tennessee

      voted up & useful! very good idea...

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      Squidmom 7 years ago from Texas

      Great idea I'll have to try this today, my youngest has gotten stuck on the color pink