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When to introduce 'harder' colours?


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#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 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



#9 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.

#10 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

#11 ~~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!!!

#12 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!"

#13 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).

#14 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.

#15 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.


#16 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.


#17 Marchioness Flea

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.



#18 Sancti-mummy

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.

#19 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

#20 Sancti-mummy

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"




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