When is the right age for our toddlers to know colors?

Safiza - posted on 10/10/2011 ( 36 moms have responded )

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Yesterday I was wearing a colorful polka dot 'baju kurung'. What surprises me was that, my 3 year old son pointed to the right dot when i asked him the colors available on my clothes. Is it ok or too late for his age?

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Pamela - posted on 10/12/2011

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Identifying colors is something that is now taught in the more educational pre-school centers and is quite age appropriate. When a child has mastered the sounds of the language and can string words into sentences, which normally happens between ages one and two (if the parent is AWARE and educates the child properly), then identification of colors and objects is easily taught.

By the time my sons were 2, they were able to answer the telephone and identify themselves and the household name. (For example: Washburn residence Mocha speaking). They surprised many people but it was because I worked with them to learn how to form the words properly. They never talked "baby talk" other than before their first words.

Your child is exhibiting proper understanding for his age. Why not go further and take the time to teach him all colors and simple shapes as well (circle, triangle, square, rectangle). By Kindergarten he will be learning shapes like hexagon, etc. The earlier the better and the more capable student will emerge from Kindergarten on up.

Sarah - posted on 10/11/2011

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At this age kids are like sponges, they soak up everything whether you sit and teach them or just during normal conversations. When my 2 were little I would give a constant running commentary on what we were doing, and that is how they learn not by serious, formal teaching.

Sharon - posted on 10/12/2011

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I agree with individuality. My grand daughter turned 2 last week and knows most of her colors, even black, brown, white, pink, etc. Sometimes she doesn't want to "play" when we ask, so she will tell you something wrong or just won't say anything. She is speaking full sentences and carrying on complete conversations with diction even most strangers understand - and has been for several months now. Her vocabulary is amazing, and her problem solving skills astound me, too. She is almost completely potty trained and has been drinking from a cup since she could sit up and hold it at 6 months. I had 4 children and have been around a lot of little ones. This one seems exceptionally bright for this age BUT I also know they often slow down later and fit right in with kids their age in time frames from a year or two to up to middle school. Don't fret - kids ARE like sponges and learn from everything (which is why it's so important to be aware of what they are exposed to, not just what you think they are paying attention to). 3 is just fine to be learning colors - some kids know them all by then, others know only a couple. And, just because a child doesn't tell you or "perform" when instructed every time does NOT mean he/she doesn't know or understand...they may just not want to play YOUR game right now.

Marie Jayne - posted on 10/13/2011

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My lo is 2yr 9mth and started getting her colours about 6mth ago, she also knows colours in Makaton (signing), i taught her the colours and she learning signing at creche, then shes been teaching me Makaton, its really good. I always wanted to learn to sign but never got to do it til now..lol. if truth be known she knew the signing for a lot of her colours quicker than the colours themselves, but all lo's develop at they're own pace, theres no right or wrong age in my eyes.

Kaydee - posted on 10/13/2011

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everyone learns differently but 18 months is the time when my daughter started noticing colors, but still is needs a lot of prompting but 30 month twins i watch know colors very well! so its really up to the parent and when they introduce the colors heavily.

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Betty - posted on 01/12/2014

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My grandson knows his colors and numbers to 10 and the alphabet, He is 21 months old. Will this be a problem in school?

Becky - posted on 01/29/2013

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I am also curious what the average age for knowing colors is. I'm not sure why people are bragging about when their kid learned to count or how many nursery rhymes they know? Maybe people who have 2 or 3 children could help me figure out an age range?

Donna - posted on 10/14/2011

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yes my son knows is colours and he sings nursery rhymes and he counts as well but all kids r different in they

Maria - posted on 10/14/2011

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My daughter who is now 3 has known her colours since she was easily 2, she learnt them very quickly and easily, she could also count to 20 at 2 years. I say teach them early as much as possible, its fun for them, why hold back?

Lady Heather - posted on 10/13/2011

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Sounds fine. Some are earlier, some are later. My daughter learned her first colour before 2 years, but now at 28 months she still doesn't know all of them. She knows pink, purple, orange, black and white really well. She gets yellow and blue most of the time. Red and green are almost always wrong unless we've been talking about them for a while (like at her birthday we had balloons out all day and she figured them all out).

April - posted on 10/13/2011

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I've been told that by 3 they should know 2-3 colors, but that seems kinda low to me. My son knew 10 colors before his 2nd birthday.

Alexandra - posted on 10/13/2011

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my son is almost three and knows many colors. he only says them shen he wants it, though.

Dawn - posted on 10/13/2011

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My 20 month old knows all her colors even the difference between gray and silver.

Bonnie - posted on 10/13/2011

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Every child is different. My boys knew their colours before they turned 2. By 3 they knew their alphabet and could recognize most, if not all letters. I had a boy in my care for daycare who was almost 4 and knew his alphabet, but still could not recognize any of the letters.

Christine - posted on 10/13/2011

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My nephew is 2 and knows all his colours and can count to 10 using blocks but all children are different especially at the younger ages they all tend to level out once at school.

Lisebo - posted on 10/13/2011

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That's okay, mi little girl was two and Half when she started identifying the colours. she is turning three in two days and she can identify seven colours.

Sally - posted on 10/12/2011

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I taught preschoolers....mostly 2 and 3 yr olds....for over 20 yrs. It is never too soon to start identifying colors to a child. Even before a child can speak, simply mention the color of things, such as, "Let's put on your red shirt today." or "Do you want to wear your blue shoes or your yellow shoes?" By the time most kids reach 2 or 3 they should be able to identify several colors. Once in a while you will run into a boy (this is more common in boys than girls) who is truly color blind. Such children will still be able to distinguish many colors but will usually confuse/not see the difference certain colors, usually either red/green or blue/yellow. If you notice this confusion in your child, first check to see if Daddy is color blind as this is usually an inherited trait. Very young children generally are drawn to bright colors and will often show a preference for a particular color by age 2 or 3. A 3 yr old who can identify several colors is right on track.

Linda - posted on 10/12/2011

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When your child starts to be interested incolors then is the time to teach him colors. You may say to some one"I like your blue blouse" and the toddler may say"blue" then you could say"blue " and shoe the child Blue pointing to the blouse. The next time he/she sees a blue blouse they may or not say blue.

Joy - posted on 10/12/2011

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I'm not sure when the right age is either. When my daughter was 18 months everything was 'yellow.' -which is one of the ways we determined it was her favorite color. A month or two before her 2nd birthday she started figuring out the other colors and can now at 26 months get most of the basic ones: white, black, yellow, green, red, blue, purple, brown and pink. Something like 'aqua' would confuse her.

Safiza - posted on 10/12/2011

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My husband is color blind, that is why I was quite worried of my boy & colors. He knows ABC, shapes, directions & numbers since 2, thank you to Disney channel & educational cds. Thank you so much, everyone. Really appreciated the comments.

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By 2 my girls knew all their colors.

At 3.5 I 'think' my son knows them all. I know he knew a lot of them by/before 2.5, but I'm not sure if he had them all yet.

Sherri - posted on 10/12/2011

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Usually by 2 they know most of their primary colors and pink or purple. By 3 they know them all for the most part.

Brianna - posted on 10/12/2011

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if hes 3 u should work on his colors with him. my daughter is 23 months can count to 10, sing her abc's and knows some of her colors

Mazy - posted on 10/12/2011

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I'm not really sure what you are asking here. My toddler (28 months) knew his colors before he was a year, as well a say them clearly. By about 18 months he could recognize shades of color. My 10 month old is just beginning to get the hang of colors. Most children learn them from everything, not just structured play, so your son will know colors that you may not have "taught" him. He may just not like playing the color game, and so ignores you...not that he doesn't know them. I would gently work colors into conversation, but don't stress. My father is red/green color blind & very successful.

Medic - posted on 10/12/2011

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My 5 year old knew most of his colors by 2 and my 21 month old daughter knows most. I also do a running commentary about whats going on. Like.....oh look here is your dinner on a pink plate, or lets put on your blue shirt, can you get me your green cup please. I know the 3k's around here expect the kids to know their colors once they start.

Karen - posted on 10/12/2011

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I started stressing about the fact that my child at 4 was still confusing colors. It turned out that he is color blind. My other son now almost 3 refuses to learn his colors (knows all his shapes tho). I'll keep working on him, but chances are he has color issues too.

Janice - posted on 10/12/2011

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On average children learn colors between 2-3 years. Of course some learn them earlier or a bit later. A child should be able to identify the basic colors by age 4.

Merry - posted on 10/12/2011

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I think that as long as they know their colors by 5 when school starts it's all good!

My son is 2.5 and he knows most colors. He gets mixed up sometimes but I think he's doing fine!

Danielle - posted on 10/12/2011

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My boy was about 20 months old when he learned his colors. Of course, he couldn't say it clearly, but he could point and identify the proper color on a swatch.

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My youngest is 2.5 & he knows some colors, but still gets confused. I'd say 3 years is a good age to know that. Some do it early & some later....

Safiza - posted on 10/11/2011

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well, i started to teach him colors around that age too.. basic colors (red, blue, green, black, white, yellow).. but sometimes he just didn't take it seriously. Sometimes when i asked him what color is his toy car, he just pointed to his other toys with the same color but not saying the color.. that worries me.. Until yesterday, he really surprises me, because he knows other colors that I'm confirmed I didn't teach him.. like pink, purple.. & other feminine colors...

Sharon - posted on 10/11/2011

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I'm not sure what is ok for that age, I think they are all so individual at what they learn & when they learn it ...our 23mth old is learning his colours now, and if we ask him what colour something is he knows blue, red, yellow and sometimes he gets green, but he doesn't randomly do it yet, only when asked.

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