Jump to content

Teaching colours
When to introduce 'harder' colours?


  • Please log in to reply
20 replies to this topic

#1 jayta

Posted 04 February 2013 - 11:19 AM

I'm a little unsure of when to introduce harder colours to my DD. She knows the basics (blue, green, red, yellow, orange, brown, pink, purple, black). We are working on white and grey.

But for the in-between colours I've been saying it's a bluey-green, or a pinky-purple, as I didn't want to confuse her. Or should I just be saying its aqua, or turquoise, or teal (actually I'm a bit confused by all of these myself!), or magenta etc.

Any tips?




#2 Tesseract

Posted 04 February 2013 - 11:24 AM

LOL sorry, but I think you're over-thinking it!

For what it's worth I use magenta with my DD. I also use teal, mustard, gray (I didn't think that one was 'hard'), whatever comes up really!

I don't think it's confusing. It's like using 'hard' words with kids - if you use them from when they're really little they're not hard words, they're just words.

We do talk about in between colours - "Oh look at this top, it's sort of in between blue and green, that's called teal."

#3 jayta

Posted 04 February 2013 - 11:32 AM

Yes I know I'm over thinking original.gif

The reason is my DD is only 15months and that is why I'm hesitating. She can identify and name all of listed colours (she learnt them from using her crayons but she can name them in all other contexts as well). But given her age I was unsure about introducing more colours and whether it would be too much or whether she could handle the in-between colours too

Grey isn't hard - we just don't have a grey crayon so we haven't really talked about it before. Same for white.


#4 Jax12

Posted 04 February 2013 - 11:38 AM

Oh wow - I am so bad at this in myself it hasn't even occurred to me to be teaching DS anything other than the basics...and he's 2...and 3 months... I might have to study some colour swatches and learn the proper names for colours so I can teach them to DS ph34r.gif

#5 MissingInAction

Posted 04 February 2013 - 11:41 AM

If she's asking what colour it is; she's probably ready to learn it so just use the real words.

#6 jayta

Posted 04 February 2013 - 11:48 AM

Thank you for the advice, I will say it is in between ___ and ___ and its name is ____.

I was hesitant because as she is so young, I am not sure if she understands 'in between' etc. It was a genuine question so I don't get the sarcasm. I was just after advice from those more experienced


#7 Jax12

Posted 04 February 2013 - 11:52 AM

I wasn't trying to be sarcastic!  It's genuinely something I've not thought of and am bad at!

Good luck with your DD - hope she is better than me with her colours original.gif

#8 CherryAmes

Posted 04 February 2013 - 11:53 AM

I honestly don't have a good vocabulary for colour and I wish i did! I know that scarlet and crimson are both red, but I don't know what sort of red they are. I think that it is great if you introduce a wider colour vocabulary; your toddler won't know which are more complex anyway.

#9 jayta

Posted 04 February 2013 - 11:55 AM

I apologise Jax12. Sorry I didnt know how to take your comment original.gif

I had to research the difference between aqua, teal and turquoise myself just then.

I didnt even think of different shades of red



#10 Bluenomi

Posted 04 February 2013 - 11:58 AM

I noticed that at 2 DD wouldn't pick up on the diffference between aqua and blue or green. But now she's almost 3 she's gets it and adds light and dark to colours herself.

#11 blackbird

Posted 04 February 2013 - 12:26 PM

um my kids are 5 and 4 and Im not sure if I have even thought of it  ph34r.gif

#12 ~~HappyMummy~~

Posted 04 February 2013 - 12:33 PM

Your daughter is 15 months and she knows all those colours?  Wow.

My boy is 17.5m and basically points and grunts to get his needs met.  He does have words - car, mum, dad, rain, etc - but man, he's light years away from colours!!!

#13 kpingitquiet

Posted 04 February 2013 - 12:37 PM

Uhmmm... well, ours is a bit older than yours but we do things like ask about colors of foods and animals. Like:

Me: "Look, a bird! What color is the bird?"
Her: "Grey birdy!"

#14 tazcan

Posted 04 February 2013 - 12:40 PM

QUOTE
Your daughter is 15 months and she knows all those colours? Wow.

My boy is 17.5m and basically points and grunts to get his needs met. He does have words - car, mum, dad, rain, etc - but man, he's light years away from colours!!!


People vary in how well they can distinguish colours. My DS knew all his basic colours at 12 months and he loves colours. DD on the otherhand learnt them a bit later and even at 3 struggled to tell the difference between green and blue (she couldn't actually perceive the difference). Funnily enough DH often says blue things are green and he can never tell me what colour someone's hair is if he's describing a person to me (so I think it's genetic).

#15 Jax12

Posted 04 February 2013 - 12:44 PM

A bit off topic, but DH noticed that there were a couple of times DS couldn't spot something that was green, and wondered if perhaps he was colour blind.

We showed him this and he was able to see the animals that suggest he is not colour blind.

#16 EBeditor

Posted 04 February 2013 - 12:48 PM

I wouldn't teach other colours as such - just mention them in passing and they'll sink in eventually. E.g, "What a lovely magenta tablecloth nanna has!"

I don't think there is any dire need to know every colour in the rainbow before school starts. The basics are fine, and those we taught just by pointing at things around us.


#17 jayta

Posted 04 February 2013 - 12:48 PM

~~HappyMummy~~ yes she is an early talker so I guess that helps with the colour identification, which did come as a bit of a surprise to me too. As well as learning from the crayons we have a book that has a lot of different coloured squares on one page and she used to point from one to the other continually and I would name them all (many times over) - I didn't think she was actually memorising them this early tho.

That's just given me an idea with the in between shades - I can print out a similar page to that book. If she is interested she can ask the name, if not no worries.


#18 Jenferal

Posted 04 February 2013 - 12:48 PM

My daughter will be 3 in April and so far we've done: red, blue green,. yellow black white and grey, purple, orange and brown.
We've just started on 'blue green' as she loves saying it, but I honestly don't really care yet if she can't tell the difference between teal and turquoise.
I doubt even in early to mid primary school they'd be bothered too much if the child doesn't say teal or cyan.



#19 DreamFeralisations

Posted 04 February 2013 - 12:52 PM

Might I suggest to relax and just be child-led on this?

My daughter also loves colours, and so her enquiry led to us playing colour games (we found over 30 blue things in the garden one afternoon - I was quite blown away!) but don't be too tied up in what milestone/what age knots.  When she moved from the Penguins (2-3 year old) to the Dolphins (3-4 years old) room, the teachers were quite blown away as many kids don't know nuances of colour until kindy/pre-school.

By the same token, some kids her age know types of dinosaurs - whereas she just make that horrible screechy roar and mum shudder - so it really is horses (or pterodactyl) for courses.

#20 jayta

Posted 04 February 2013 - 12:55 PM

I'm not pressuring her to learn the colours before school but if there is something bluey-green and she wants to know what it is, then that is why I was asking - do I tell her or not etc. Would it be confusing to know the proper name, or do I just go with the closest colour?

It's just for her own interest - she gets excited by naming colours. If she wasn't interested she wouldn't have sat there and pointed at them non-stop for me to name them

#21 DreamFeralisations

Posted 04 February 2013 - 01:28 PM

QUOTE (jayta @ 04/02/2013, 12:55 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm not pressuring her to learn the colours before school but if there is something bluey-green and she wants to know what it is, then that is why I was asking - do I tell her or not etc. Would it be confusing to know the proper name, or do I just go with the closest colour?

It's just for her own interest - she gets excited by naming colours. If she wasn't interested she wouldn't have sat there and pointed at them non-stop for me to name them



Then go with it!  If she is curious, the best thing in the world is for her to get some answers - even if it is "well, it is a sort of green - some people call it Turquoise - isn't that a beautiful word"




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Share the little things that make you smile

We're giving away a Mountain Buggy nano, the ultimate travel stroller - and here are some of the great entries so far.

Toddler pleads for return of "stolen" nose

A two-year-old's reaction to a game of "got your nose" shows it doesn't take much to make a toddler cry.

The 15 photos new parents share (and five they don't)

From the first scan photo to the baby covered in cake at their first birthday party, there are 15 photos most parents seem to share - and some they don't.

Doctor sings first Happy Birthday to newborns

His job is to deliver babies, but this US obstetrician also has a unique way of celebrating the miracle of life.

Breastfeeding friendly café goes viral

A photo of a breastfeeding-friendly sign in a cafe has been posted to Facebook and shared by hundreds of mums around the world.

First look at the Bugaboo Bee3

The newest Bugaboo Bee ? the Bee3 ? offers a variety of improved features, including a much asked-for bassinet and a rainbow of colour combinations.

Childcare costs, not paid leave, the real issue for parents

Given the choice between maintaining their wage for six months to have a child, or having a reduced rate of pay for a time but a better deal on childcare when returning to work, there are no odds on what most working parents would choose.

Win a Mountain Buggy nano

We?re giving away the new Mountain Buggy Nano - the lightweight travel buggy! So show us the little things that make you smile for your chance to win.

We lost three babies in two years

Our first pregnancy ended the way we all expected it to - with a healthy, happy baby in our arms. What a true blessing he was, for we were not to know the heartache we were about endure.

Family turned back from doomed flight MH17

'There must have been someone watching over us and saying, 'You must not get on that flight,' says mother who narrowly avoided boarding the Malaysian Airlines flight which exploded in mid-air over the Ukraine last night.

The myths and facts about "normal" breastfeeding

When it comes to successful breastfeeding, there is a wide variety to what is "normal", according to new research.

Adorable Skeanie loafers for kids

Your little toddler or preschooler can now get their nautical on with a new range of classic loafers by Australian show brand Skeanie.

My baby is hypermobile

For months, I have been telling myself not to worry that Jasmin isn't crawling or walking. This week I heard the term hypermobile for the first time.

When you don?t bond with your baby

They say that there is no bond greater than the bond between a mother and her child. But for some women, the mother-baby bond takes more time and effort to develop.

Yumi Stynes: Having a baby after a 10-year break

After a long break, Yumi Stynes gets a reminder of the pain - and the pleasure - of giving birth.

Grieving father asks for help to Photoshop his daughter's image

When Nathan Steffel's daughter Sophia died from a liver condition at just 6 weeks old, he reached out for someone to create a beautiful image of his little girl.

Raising kids in a 'low media' home

Can you imagine a life without TV or computers? Some parents are opting for a low-tech, screen-free life for their kids.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Win a Mountain Buggy nano

We?re giving away the new Mountain Buggy Nano - the lightweight travel buggy! So show us the little things that make you smile for your chance to win.

Be careful what you say, your baby is listening

The importance of speaking to your baby even if they are not old enough to answer back has been highlighted by new research.

The beautiful moment a baby was born at the side of a road

It's not where she expected to give birth, but mum Corrine Cinatl is delighted that her daughter's roadside arrival was captured in a series of beautiful photos.

Doctor sings first Happy Birthday to newborns

His job is to deliver babies, but this US obstetrician also has a unique way of celebrating the miracle of life.

The Nappy Collective starts new drive

It's that time of year when the dedicated volunteers at The Nappy Collective do their bit to help out mums and children in need - and they need your help.

Baby shower cake wrecks

From misshapen cake babies to questionable text, from odd colour choices to internal organ recreation, these are the baby shower cakes that taste forgot.

Photographer captures the beauty of adoption

The love of a family is usually tough to capture on camera. This is an exception.

Pregnancy progression photo ideas

Want to record your pregnancy as your belly grows? Here are some creative, fun ideas for photo shoots along the way.

The myths and facts about "normal" breastfeeding

When it comes to successful breastfeeding, there is a wide variety to what is "normal", according to new research.

Tin can craft and DIY ideas

Got a few old formula, Milo or coffee cans around the house? Use these fantastic upcycling ideas to create items for around the house and yard.

Dads meet their newborn for the first time

Emotional photos of two fathers meeting their newborn son have resonated with viewers worldwide, attracting thousands of Facebook likes and shares.

Skin safety isn't just a summer worry

Lax about the slip slop slap with your kids as weather turns cooler? Here's a reminder as to why we have to remain vigilant for our children?s future health.

Personalised baby gifts

We've scoured the internet to find gorgeous personalised keepsakes and nursery decor to record baby name and dates. They make great gifts for christenings, name days and birthdays! (All prices in AU.)

Creative sleeping baby photoshoots

See how some parents and photographers have captured sleeping babies in unusual positions and using different props.

DIY kitchen and food hacks

DIY your way to a better kitchen and make cooking easier with our clever hacks. (Some content reproduced with permission from mashable.com.)

Winter warmers for babies and toddlers

Your baby or toddler will be nice and snug in these beautiful and fun winter pieces. Most are hand-made or knitted, and they're all designed to keep your little one toastie - and adorable!

 

Mind, body, beauty, life

Making time for me

We look at your wellbeing, covering health, relationships, beauty and fashion, mind and body.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.