learning colors

Kellie - posted on 01/12/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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Hi everyone-

I'm new to the circle. I'm feeling a little overwhelmed that we have been reviewing colors with our daughter since she was 18 mth and she only recall 2 (yellow and green).

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No worries. The world is new and she is learning so many things.  I taught kindergarten for years, and it was common to have students that did not know the colors upon entering.  Just use the colors in everyday language.  For example, look at the pretty blue sky, do you want to wear you yellow shirt or pink one?



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Virginia - posted on 04/25/2009

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My daughter knows black and white every time. She gets blue and green most of the time, red often, yellow and pink sometimes. Very occasionally she will get purple right.

My development book has four categories for development for a 33-36 month old child.
1. Your toddler should be able to..
2. will probably be able to...
3. May possibly be able to...
4. May even be able to... identify 4 colours.

That is under the 4th category, so it seems like colours are a skill that some children may be getting up to 4 colours, but it's definitely not expected of them.

For 31 to 33 months they say "May possibly be able to identify 1 colour".

Jene - posted on 04/20/2009

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I have been doing the same thing and i get yellow and pink, it also happens with our numbers and letters, i think it just needs time she will get it soon enough. I have also noticed that my daughter does it better for her daycare teacher then with me, try having grammy do it or some one she likes besides you.

Jennifer - posted on 03/13/2009

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I'm another former kinder teacher & yep, keep at it. It is also developmental for these kids to be asserting thier independance and often they will pick a favorite color, number, etc. and insist that everything is that. My son can name most of the basic colors but everytime you ask him he tells you "blue", I'll say "No what color is it really" & he'll respond correctly. I also had a foster daughter who was insitant that the number seven was three (three was three also) we used to crack up trying to convince her otherwise, it was not happening. She grew out of that stage and counts fine now. :-) The learning process is developmental on so many levels, give her time & patience, using all the great natural incorporation advice, she'll get it!

Jen - posted on 03/09/2009

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My son is finally learning them.  When he's being lazy he'll call everything "green."  Many times he'll name most the colours properly - but this is only recent.  He's really good with yellow, black and purple.  He had a lot of trouble with the prime colours, red and blue.  I used to worry and wonder if he was colour blind since he just wasn't getting it.  Now I know it's normal and many children at this age can't name them all.  Keep trying. :)

Trish - posted on 03/08/2009

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hey don't worry they all different, I was constantly takeing about colours, shapes and numbers with my daughter from about 18mths, yet she knew the shapes by about 2, but the colours and numbers (counting to 10) she didn't know till she was about 3 and a half then all of a sudden she went from barely knowing any to knowing all basic colours and knowing numbers to 10 confidently in the space of about 2 weeks. think something just licked in her head so she knew what we were on about. my son is now 2yr 10mth and doesn't know any colours just guesses at them when I ask him, and can count to 5 when prompted but doesn't understand the numbers at all.

Fran - posted on 03/08/2009

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i do agree with you Amanda. the natural approach is surly the best. i tried it with my son who's 2+ an it works. he can now identify red,yellow,blue,pink, purple an black. play games like spot the colour (with cars) when ur out an about will help boost their confident as well.

Amanda - posted on 03/04/2009

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I agree with Tandy 1/19... the natural approach is best. The youngest of my 4 children will be 3 in May and he knows about 3-5 colors on a consistent basis. They all learned in their own way and at their own pace. Making it relevant to what they are experiencing at the moment has seemed to work best for all of them though... look at the yellow flower, where are your blue shoes, do you want to play with the red ball, etc...

Melinda - posted on 03/03/2009

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I had the same problem until I got some very cute winnie the pooh flash cards. She loved them but I only let her have the ones where she tells me what colour is on them. She only knew 2 colours and so far I have used them twice and now she knows orange, brown, black, yellow, blue and sometimes pink and purple.

Helen - posted on 02/24/2009

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Hi kellie, thats great I work in a creche and some of our 3 yr olds don't know any of their colours and some know all their colours. My own daughter will be 3 in May and can only identify pink. Helen.

Sarah - posted on 01/31/2009

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Thats okay! She'll get it. Just make sure you name the colors of things when you speak to her. Like, "Do you want the red cup?" and things like that. Kids that young don't really learn by review and drill. Maybe try having her match colors first before naming if you still want to work on colors. Have her find all the yellow blocks or something like that then when she's mastered that, say, "Hand me the blue toy" and then when she can do that, point at things and say "What color is that?". She's got plenty of tome to get that stuff. Maybe she just likes yellow and green. It is so normal for kids just to be all about what thier interested in and nothing else.

Hollie - posted on 01/20/2009

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Yes hang in there! I run a home day care and they all learn them at different times. My daughter knows all her colours now at 2 but my son who is 8 now had a difficult time with them. I have another tip! I go through toys and find all blue or yellow and we go over one colour at a time. I usually do one colour  per week and after 2 weeks I combine the two colours. I put the toys in a bin and pull them out and we take turns naming the colours. They have a lot of fun. I wish you the best!

Shawna - posted on 01/17/2009

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Hang in there. My son who is 6 now learned colors and shapes before he was 2, my daughter who is 2 1/2 now know some colors but chooses to say everything is orange. Many times I will ask her what a color is and she will say orange and I will ask again, she will think this time and say the correct color. Crazy two year olds!

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