Does your two year old know his/her colors?

Rebekah - posted on 04/15/2009 ( 41 moms have responded )

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So my son is quite clever (if I do say so myself), but he doesn't know his colors. I can literally tell him that his truck is yellow and two seconds later he'll say it's green (or whatever). At what age should they recognize different colors? Should I be concerned? I was going to mention it at his two year appointment, but I forgot.

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Robin - posted on 08/14/2009

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My son is pretty smart too. He knows the octagon shape LOL.. but he does get his colrs mixed up as well. I dont think it is anything to be concerned about.

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Rebekah - posted on 08/15/2009

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I no longer need answers to this question... in the 6 months since I asked it, my son is recognizing his colors. Thanks for all the help!

User - posted on 08/12/2009

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your all really lucky my 2 year old doesnt no his colours or his numbers i think he is a bit behind but the health visitor says he is fine im so concerned

Tifani - posted on 08/12/2009

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My son Ethan is pretty good.... He recognizes blue, yellow and orange, and most days he can count to 3 :-) But I taught preschool for 8 years b4 I started working in an office so I kinda jumpstarted him @ 18 months I was working on colors, shapes, and counting. He also loves to sing twinkle, twinkle with me :)

Emily - posted on 08/10/2009

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My son's pediatrian said it's nothing to worry about. My son didn't know his colors @ 2 either, and I was a bit concerned because color blindness runs in my faminly. I purchased a Brainy Baby DVD about colors...which he loves..and now he is quite proficient at his colors. My best advice is to practice, practice, practice. It's just like learning any thing else...he only learned his ABCs because of repition, and learning his colors will be no different. And by the way, at the three year well-child check-ups it is standard procedure to test for color-sight...so you'll have your answers soon enough.

Jennifer - posted on 07/28/2009

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Watch out, some of these replys have kids 2 1/2 years old! That's a huge difference if your child is barely 2. My lil girl was born in November of 2007, and she is just 20 months. I have 4 kids and have babysat plenty, had my own daycare. My daughter may be the 1st or a close 2nd to the smartest I have been around, and she is not counting yet. She does count every now and then, sometimes in order, to 3. She, however, knows half of the ABC song, because we sing it all day long! She has a great vocabulary too, is now asking for help, knows the names of all her cartoon ppl, uses 2 words together, sometimes three. My 3 year old can read a few books, but she can't count past 18 without messing 2 numbers up! No worries for you!

Natalia - posted on 07/28/2009

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My daughter know her colours one day, an forgets the next day i wouldnt be worried they are still only two, i think they remember what they want to at this age.

Kylie - posted on 07/27/2009

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HI,i have four children ags 18 to 2 1/2 and they all learn at difrent ages my yungest one has only just started recognizing her coloures i wouldent worry to much. kylie

Kaylie - posted on 07/27/2009

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I dont think there is any troubles either. My son knows his colors one day too and the next he dont care. So its not to much of a concern. Maybe try playing fun games with him to learn his colors. We got my son a candy land game to learn his colors and it has worked really well.

April - posted on 07/24/2009

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my 2yr knows her colors really well and she also knows how to count to ten in english and spanish .. im home with her all day so i have more time to spend with her and teach her things some moms dont have the choice to stay home with thier kids .. i just feel lucky that i can .. but if your 2yr does not know their colors you should not worry i know other two years that dont know them you just have to give your kid more time .. maybe pick a color a week and just everything you see that color show your kid .. i did that with my daughter as early as i can rememeber ...it worked for me

Kara - posted on 07/20/2009

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Don't worry about it. My son was 2 February 12th and he knows the color names, but he doesn't associate them correctly with the actual color yet. I teach Kindermusik and most of my kids don't start correctly naming their colors until somewhere between 3 and 4.

Kim - posted on 07/20/2009

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Hi Rebekah, our son knows his colours by Wiggle name - don't panic! He is just at that age where anything you say is WRONG - we say 'its blue,' and he says 'No! Not blue!' Keep working with him, and if you are really worried (say, if colour blindness runs in the family) you can get him checked out once he recognises different shapes and can be trusted to give the 'real' answer each time...

Sandra - posted on 07/14/2009

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Hi,

My daughter is learning her colors. She is doing really good. I thought she would never get it. What I done was bought blacks that are different colors. Now when we are out she is calling out all the colors she see.

Laura - posted on 07/11/2009

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cant really answer your question but my daughter Paige is also very advance for her age (words of the heath visitor) but again she dosen't recognise colours either but am not to worried at this stage.

Kim - posted on 07/08/2009

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My son does the same thing. When my now 14 year old daughter was 2 1/2 we were were getting worried because she would say her colors. I'd show her 2 blocks say this one is red and this one is green. Then ask her what color 1 of them was and she'd say the wrong color. Then one day when she was making a beaded necklace she said" I want a pink one and a red one and a blue one." etc. And each one was right! We later discovered that her personality she didn't want to be wrong so she would either not say anything or purposely say the wrong thing.

Angela - posted on 07/02/2009

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I agree with Noel! I will ask my daughter the color of her shirt and she will get right. And the next day I will ask her the color of a toy she will miss it completely. I believe they are just starting to learn them and trying to put it all together!

Rebekah - posted on 07/01/2009

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Thanks for all the comments! He finally has his colors mastered. I think I just needed to spend a bit more time with him going over his colors... repetition helped. Thanks again!

Heather - posted on 06/30/2009

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Well she knows a good portion of them but that doesn't mean she doesn't get them mixed up from time to time. lol At her two year her doctor asked if she knew any of her colors and was happy that she knew even a few of them. He said they're not expected to know them yet at two. So I wouldn't worry. ^_^

Alissa - posted on 06/28/2009

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Sorry my son has known all of his colors since he was 14 months...can't master potty training yet though!

Nicole - posted on 06/27/2009

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My son knows most of his colors although he keeps confusing orange, and yellow and red. We were thinking he might have a slight color blindness like my husband. I am going to address it at our next checkup. But mainly ask him to tell you colors of everything. That's how we got started.

Heather - posted on 06/03/2009

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My daughter knows her colors, but she sometimes gets the color wrong because she's not paying attention. Mostly happens with Yellow. She calls it Orange. When I ask her what color it is again, if she looks at it and takes her time, she typically corrects herself. As they always say, each child is an individual and they will get it right when the time comes.

Janet - posted on 06/03/2009

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Another mom brag, but I feel my twins are pretty smart as well. We work on our colors when we all color in our books. They know some of their colors, but you can tell they like to tease us, they will start the sound of the correct color & quickly change the answer & laugh.

Kylez - posted on 06/02/2009

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My daughter is very smart (typical mother moment) she was 2 on Feb 27th 09 she knows almost all her colours she is a bit iffy with brown it used ot be purple and brown but we tackled the purple she still hesitates with purple if it's not the exact same shade her ball.



I taught her the colours (all by myself might I add) I got those coloured balls from Toys R Us (can probs get them any where though) and I'd line them up usually 3 of each colour then move onto another color and I'd ask her what colour it was she'd get it wrong then I'd tell her she'd repeat it and then I'd point to the next one and after a few days she started remembering them from before typical little girl learnt pink first.



A friend of mine her son was half was through Kindy and he didn't know any of his colors apart from blue cause he picked the colour of his room. There is no real concern with him not knowing them alot of children these days don't learn things like that untill the go to school. Have you tried putting him in pre-school for a day or 2 a week? My eldest goes 2 days a week and loves it and every week we have a new song to sing.

Charlotte - posted on 05/28/2009

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My son knows all his colours including black, white, and brown, but he's had his older brother to help him learn. I think having an older sibling can really help with this sort of thing.

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Start with one color for like two or three days! I picked out all the M&Ms that color, went around the house and helped him find all kinds of things that one color... then he will start pointing it out! Reward him! Then move on to the next and revisit the previous color.... in a few weeks it will be old hat!! :)

Tracy-Marie - posted on 05/18/2009

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They are all so differnet, and will pick up different things depending on them,,dont worry, my son know the basic four colours, and counts to 15, but he wont go near the potty. and says some words with difficulty, hat some children catch on to fast, others dont..x

Jackye - posted on 05/11/2009

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My child knows blue, yellow, red & pink. It's not unusual for him to "forget" . You don't have cause to worry. Mine knows these because she really got into coloring the past few months. Every time I handed her a crayon, I told her the color.

Jeanne - posted on 05/10/2009

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so my son doesnt know his colors i can tell him that it is pink and that is all, he wont even remeber any color names.

Lyn - posted on 05/10/2009

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my 2yr old knows all her colors and can count to ten on her own we used lego bricks and crayons we used red and green at traffic lights eg look red means stop green means go (but i have a daughter now 15 but when she was 2 she couldnt count or nor did she know her colors) it will all come soon and then he start sayin it with out yr help but dont worry he not doing it now and when you go shopping telll him what you buyin and the color of the item eg milk white/sauasage pink ect. they all different and learn differently

Liza - posted on 05/02/2009

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My son knows his colors very well. His favorite book is 'Brown Bear, Brown Bear What do you see?' by Eric Carl. That book say things like...I see a Yellow Duck...and then Yellow Duck Yellow Duck what do you see? It's a really great book to help kids learn their colors because there is a lot of repetition. My son makes me read it to him before his nap and before bed and after I read it to him he "reads" it to me. He has the entire book memorized now, and I test out his color knowledge all day long on other objects to reinforce the concept. I highly reccomend this book to help out toddlers trying to learn their colors.

Jennifer - posted on 04/29/2009

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My son is doing the same thing. I wouldn't worry about it, though. He will learn them. I started teaching my oldest son who is 4 about the same time as my 2 year old. You just have to keep telling him and showing him. Make a game of it, make a silly song about it. He is learning, even if at the moment he is having short term memory loss! What I do is I will get a set of blocks or something and set out 1 of each color and I will point to each one as I tell him the colors. After I tell him each color, I ask him to find such and such color. When he gets it right I praise him. If he gets it wrong, I just gently tell him no that's this color. I don't worry, because I know he really is getting it, it just takes time for their brains to memorize when they are learning.

Rebekah - posted on 04/27/2009

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Thanks for all the reassuring words! I was really thinking he might be color-blind or something. Glad to hear others his age don't have their colors mastered either. I guess colors are harder than letters, shapes, and numbers because they can vary from shade to shade.

Becky - posted on 04/27/2009

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my son can do his colours one day and can't the next as others have said its all down to repetition i wouldn't worry too much they all learn at their own pace.

Tiffanie - posted on 04/27/2009

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The only colors my son knows are blue and pink and the only letters he ALWAYS remembers are M and O. I think its cute, and I think the more you repeat the information to them, the more they will understand.

Claire - posted on 04/22/2009

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my daughter amelie can count really well and has an excellent vocabulary but she doesn't know her colours, so i wouldn't worry yet.

Christine - posted on 04/17/2009

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I'm not worried at all. My daughter is like that too. She'll get everything right the first time, but you ask her again, she'll miss all up. Just give it time. :)

User - posted on 04/17/2009

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My daughter is doing the exact same thing. I'm an elementary school teacher and know of kindergarten/1st grade kiddos that come to school not knowing their colors, so I wouldn't be too concerned! I've bought some simple picture books about colors and we read them over and over. I think that they'll start to remember them closer to age 3.

Jessica - posted on 04/16/2009

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nah, give him time. It comes and goes with my daughter too one day she'll have everything down, know all her colors, count to 15, recognize almost all the letter, and the next day she'll completly miss everything.He just needs repitition.... two year olds love having things repeated over and over and over and over, takes a LONG time before something sticks.

Noel - posted on 04/15/2009

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I don't think there is any cause of concern. My son knows his colors one day and the next day he'll excitedly point to a blue truck for instance and say... "mommy green truck!" Some days he's got them down other days not so much, but I'm not worried. :) It's the same with his numbers to ten.

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