Doman-Inspired Early Reader Book: Colors

My Color Book: Free Lift-A-Flap Early Reader

Here is a book I recently made in the early reader level two category (two-word phrases, or “couplets”).

This book will teach your child

  • 14 different colors (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, brown, grey, black, white, gold, silver, and beige)
  • Phrase reading (rather than just reading single words) and left-to-right reading
  • Sight word recognition for color words

Damien (age 2 years, 0 months) already knows the colors very well, but I went ahead and made this book anyway so that I can use it for future children. He has ended up liking to look at it anyway; it is helpful for him to use to reinforce sight-word recognition of color words, and to simply enjoy reading together.

I have also made this same book in Spanish, which I will share soon.

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Damien is currently 2 years, 0 months old


  • Avery June 27, 2013 at 8:24 am

    How did you go about teaching colours? The reason I ask is, I read an interesting article on the Scientific American with research showing kids learn colours much quicker if the colour name comes after the noun, for example “the trumpet is gold” instead of “the gold trumpet”. But obviously if Damien has learned them that hasn’t tripped him up 🙂

    • Elizabeth (DomanMom) June 27, 2013 at 12:09 pm

      That’s really interesting! To be honest, I’m not really 100% sure how Damien learned his colors. He just kind of one day knew them, even though we hadn’t been explicitly “working on” them. I talk about colors with him a lot and so does his dad and brother, so I guessing he just picked it up. We introduced color flash cards a while back, but he was only interested in those for a few days and then didn’t want to see them anymore, and he still didn’t know them well at that point, so I’m not completely sure!

      I actually was planning on adding a “teaching tip” section to the back of this book, describing ways to build on what your child read. For instance, you (or your child) reads, “blue balloon” and then as you look at the picture, you talk about it more, for instance saying, “Look at that balloon! It’s blue. Balloons float. Do you see anything else that is blue?” and so on.

      Thanks for sharing that research bit, though. I will have to look up the article.

  • Avery June 27, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Here’s the articles. I was talking colours a lot with my 15-month-old but as soon as I switched to doing it this way he very clearly made a connection that he hadn’t before. He always plays with (closed) Sharpie markers while I change his diaper, and I always told him the names– “here’s a blue marker, here’s a red marker”. The first time I switched it around– “here is a marker that is blue, and here is a marker that is red”– he looked up at me intently and then pointed at the coloured caps.

    He definitely doesn’t distinguish which colour is which yet, but I think he’s made the connection for what property I’m describing when I tell him the colour. It was neat to see. 🙂

  • Caroline September 21, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    As always, I love your materials! 🙂 Thank you SO much for sharing your journey and materials with us. There is nothing else like this online! 🙂

    Bad news, though – the “gold trumpet” is actually a slide trombone. Just thought you should know. 🙂

  • Diana October 10, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    Hi there! Do you have the spanish version already? I will love to have it! Thanks in advance! 🙂 Diana


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