Does your child know their colors?

Sarah - posted on 05/15/2011 ( 14 moms have responded )

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Just curious do they know their colors and how did you teach them? My dd is still learning but she doesn't even seem to care about them at all. But I heard they should know their colors by 18months.

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Jenny - posted on 05/15/2011

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my son learnt his colors by about 22months or so. we had three blocks that were excatly the same but for the colours, red, yellow, blue. My younger brothers would play with my son trying to teach him the colours, taking a way one color and asking which one is missing.

What worked really well was the traffic lights. I would get excited when ever we were at a stop light and id talk to him about how Red is for stop, and right now we're stopped and how we have to wait for green to go. He loved it, didnt take him long, maybe one-two weeks of this and he started getting Red first and then Green. Really helped, from there he would point out the colors all around us wherever we were and i would tell him what they were.

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Felicity - posted on 06/20/2011

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my daughter is 21months and knows 7 colours, but i dont know how many she should know?

Sarah - posted on 06/07/2011

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We have flash cards with colors, shapes, numbers and letters. Lately we've been using the shapes and colors. I also point out what color clothes she's wearing, or I'm wearing. I will ask her "what color is this?" and she will repeat "color" I didn't think she was getting the whole color thing but today she was playing with crayons. I asked "where is green?" and she pointed to the green one! Then she said green. I then asked about the yellow one since she can say yellow. She pointed to the yellow one. I was very proud of her! So, she picks up on more things than I realize sometimes. Just keep repeating colors and showing which is which. Your child will pick up on her colors soon! I highly recommend some flash cards, you could very easily make your own. It puts a picture to a word. Layla enjoys going over her cards... plus she's learning!

Sarah - posted on 06/07/2011

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We have flash cards with colors, shapes, numbers and letters. Lately we've been using the shapes and colors. I also point out what color clothes she's wearing, or I'm wearing. I will ask her "what color is this?" and she will repeat "color" I didn't think she was getting the whole color thing but today she was playing with crayons. I asked "where is green?" and she pointed to the green one! Then she said green. I then asked about the yellow one since she can say yellow. She pointed to the yellow one. I was very proud of her! So, she picks up on more things than I realize sometimes. Just keep repeating colors and showing which is which. Your child will pick up on her colors soon! I highly recommend some flash cards, you could very easily make your own. It puts a picture to a word. Layla enjoys going over her cards... plus she's learning!

Jennifer - posted on 05/21/2011

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My 20 month old daughter doesn't really know her colors yet, but that's mainly because I've only just begun to introduce them to her. I am in no rush and only point them out to her when she shows an interest and stop when she loses interest. I didn't teach my 5 1/2 year old colors until she was between 2-3. Around that time is when she really seemed to be interested or curious to actually learn them. With her I actually started in the bath tub with her alphabets and toys. I'd point out different things that we're the same color but different variations and keep repeating the color. She repeated and eventually I started asking her to find something that was ______ color. She also has blocks that are green, yellow, red, blue, and tan which I also used to use to teach her colors. I used to ask her, "Can I have a _____ block?" And if she tried to hand me the wrong color, I would say, "That's a ______ block, but can I have a _____ block?" And when she'd give me the right one, I would say, "THANK YOU for giving me the ______ block!" I did the same thing for squares, triangles, rectangles, and cylinders (those are the shapes of her blocks). Circles (and hearts) were easy for her to catch on but I don't remember what was used. She had a color book--actually more than one (all of these things I still have for use with the younger one) where it asks questions about things and they're supposed to pick out the right color. I.e. what color is a banana? Red? (it shows a red banana bunch next to the word red) Blue? (blue banana bunch) etc. and there's one yellow bunch and so forth....She also had some books with the shapes in them and I used to go through them with her, which included the diamond shape. I still have those books for my dauhgter. With those books I used to ask her what colors were different things, too, as well as around the apartment or outside. I had her start on simple puzzles between 2-3 and she mastered them by memory up to 16 pieces so around the time she turned 3 I bought her a sixty piece puzzle (was looking for a 50 pc puzzle but couldn't find one) of the USA. She had a lot more difficulty with it and took over an hour to do the first time around with very little help from me, sometimes just telling her to "try a different spot" or piece or try to turn it, etc. look for the same color....by the seventh or eighth time it seemed she had it memorized. She could put it together in much less time and seemed to know what pieces she was looking for, etc.
But when SHE was 20 months old she didn't know her colors or alphabet. She did learn them later, though.
LOL but for the 20 month olds that are out there that know their colors, well, good for them, but in no way does that mean they should. I think for the most part, children this age don't show an interest to learn colors or shapes, but I'm starting to introduce them to her and see if she picks any of them up. But if she doesn't pick them up right now I won't be worried about it (: They are quite quick to catch on when they want to (=

Hannah - posted on 05/18/2011

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My daughter is 20 months and doesn't know colors yet. she'll say a color if you ask her but it's usually not the right one. Although she can count to 10 (skipping 9) and knows her abc's and their sounds. I'm a stay at home mom so she gets one on one attention.

Candace - posted on 05/18/2011

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My son knows red, because his crocs are red. He can now pick out red things and that is it. All other colors colors are yellow (or ellow as he likes to say). He'll figure it out.

EBONEE - posted on 05/17/2011

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My daughter is such a free spirit! She learns what she wants. She isn't all that interested in colors! She knows some letters and sounds though. Its very weird how kids decide what they want to know!

Katy - posted on 05/17/2011

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My son knows the colour orange but thats all. He learnt it by accident cos he loves to eat oranges and we, at one point, were using an orange crayon alot. V random. Tried teaching other colours but none learnt yet

Trisha - posted on 05/16/2011

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my daughter doesn't know her colors, but we are trying to teach her. I think the books on colors and her crayons are helping....but sometimes she doesn't want to pay attention

Bridget - posted on 05/16/2011

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Sarah, my daughter shows NO interest in colors at all. She is a smart little girl, and with her showing no interest I was worried she might be color blind or something (may sound silly, but I guess thats being a mom!haha) I asked her doctor and he said children aren't expected to know colors until between 2 and 3, some will learn and be interested much earlier, but that there is no concern at this age!

Meged - posted on 05/16/2011

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My son doesn't know his colors AT ALL!!! However, my husband, as he has another kid, likes to look at my stepson and my son and notice how they are 4 months apart, but his son knows colors and everything, but he is almost 2. Kids are different. And his son had a stay at home mom (very strict!!!!) who made him. So, it's not a matter of they should or shouldn't. It varies.

Louise - posted on 05/15/2011

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Children develope at different stages so don't stress out about this. In the uk most children start to learn shapes and colours at pre school.

My daughter is 2.5 and she knows all her shapes and colours and numbers and now we have moved on to the alphabet this was not done intentionally but she used to watch Mickey Mouse Club house every day from about the age of 1. She has learnt them all from there. My daugter also counts to 8 in spanish courtesey of Handy Manny. Children are like sponges and absorb imformation faster than you can give it at times. If you make learning fun your daughter will pick things up twice as fast.

Kellie - posted on 05/15/2011

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Oh goodness, not even close! My son has been developmentally slow from the beginning but seems to be catching up. We just always stress the first sound of each color extra hard so hopefully it'll stick. (ex. Ga-green) Just keep teaching and talking, they won't know anything unless you do. They seem to learn things overnight...I'm amazed at what my son does from day to day, crazy little sponges! :)

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