There has been a recent rise with regards to a growing concern in parents becoming worried that there are problems with their child naming colors or being color-blind. Many parents are heading to their local pediatrician’s office asking to have their child tested, fearing for the worst. Before parents begin to fret about an issue that may not even be an issue just yet, there are a number of things to consider with regards to their child’s developing mind. The largest thing is just how complicated is the actual concept that colors can be for a child.
Consider this, your child is already taking on so much in terms of how much they are learning and how quickly they are having to take it all in. While colors may seem like a super easy thing to the parent of a child who can count to 20, ride a bike or even tie their shoes, breaking down the actual process of understanding colors as a whole is actually pretty complex to the developing mind of a child. While there are of course children who have no issues being able to pinpoint colors with ease and accuracy as early as the age of 18 months old, in all reality the vast majority of children are not entirely capable of being able to properly identify specific, simple colors until they are at least three years of age.
This is precisely why we as parents need to take it easy on our little ones, learning colors can be a tough thing for even the smartest children, learning them and then being able to break them down can be a daunting task of which requires a tremendous amount of both patience and time. The good news however, is that there are most certainly things that parents can do to assist their child in developing and building upon their understanding and knowledge of colors.
To start, it is vitally important to simply go with your child’s flow. If everything of color is “red”, then go about supporting them by pointing out everything that really is red. Then, the following week offer up another color like “blue” and point out everything that is blue. When you break down the colors in a simple manner that also allows them to be able to see firsthand not only what one shade of the color is, but multiple variations of it, they can far easier begin to discern color differences with ease. In other words, red things will in fact be red, and blue things will in fact be blue. This is a much easier way to go about teaching them colors then simply pulling out a box of crayons and trying to show them multiple colors at one single time.
Another great way to help your child is to compare different color items that are the exact same object, such as a blue and a red ball. Your child is developing an insanely large vocabulary of words that are associated with different objects, which is what creates a direct link between color differences and makes them significantly more easy to spot when your child can see the same object, but in a different color.
Games and puzzles are also a wonderful way for your child to take advantage of learning new colors. Young children prefer to learn in a manner that allows them to be able to directly experience whatever it is that they are learning in a hands on way. Flashcards will only quickly lose your child’s interest, however songs, dances, games, and puzzles are ways that they can learn while also having fun doing so!
Heading online to search “learning colors” is a wonderful way to gain access to unlimited amounts of super low cost and highly effective solutions that can teach your child their colors with supplies you can find right in your home. You can even find free online printables that your child can utilize to help them build their color learning skills as well. Allow your child the freedom to be able to color away with their choices of crayons and be there to support and engage them with the colors that they choose. This is a wonderful opportunity for your child to learn while also simply having fun coloring!
There are also a large number of free apps and websites that your child can take advantage of where they can have the opportunity to learn their colors in fun ways, and often times be able to play interactive games with some of their favorite television or movie characters. Digital learning is something that is often shunned by many parents, however it is a great way for your child to be able to learn their colors in simple, fundamental ways.
If you are concerned about your child potentially being color blind, there are a few things that you should take into consideration. To start, those who are color blind struggle to be able to distinguish the differences between red, blue, and green shades; and it is actually increasingly more common than many people think. In fact, 8% of male children and 0.4% of female children have been born color blind and it is commonly found in family’s where color blindness is already an occurrence. Children who have been diagnosed with color blindness do go on to become normal and thriving adults, but early development with regards to understanding color differentiation is essential. If you do have concerns with your school aged child being color blind, there are a number of free apps and online tests that you can conduct from home to help you confirm the diagnosis. If your child is younger than school aged, it is vitally important that you speak with your child’s pediatrician or a pediatric eye care professional to get a bit more insight in helping you to reach a diagnosis and what options you can take to assist your child in coping and managing their color blindness.
Assisting our children in finding and achieving success is always of the utmost importance to parents. Be patient with your little ones as they go about learning their colors and growing and developing. Each child learns at their own pace and in their own way, provide your child with love, encouragement and understanding and they will reach their goals with flying colors!