when you LO learn their colours?

(29 Posts)
Playduh Tue 10-May-16 10:22:33

Key Worker at nursery is concerned DS is a bit behind.

All his other development milestones are absolutely fine. He's a happy, enthusiastic little boy.

Wondering if he might need an eye test. His eyesight seems fine generally but I wonder if he might be colour blind or if key worker is expecting too much

TIA

Playduh Tue 10-May-16 10:23:27

Oh heck, the title should obviously read 'when did your LO learn their colours?'

Fat thumbs confused

Doje Tue 10-May-16 10:26:03

Interested in this too as I have my suspicions about DS1. He's 2.3 yo and is a bit hit and miss with them.

Buggers Tue 10-May-16 10:26:50

How old is your ds? My dd was around 2 for basic colours I think however colours like black white grey and brown she still gets mixed up with at 3.

scandichick Tue 10-May-16 10:27:32

Just started learning at 2.5 - I think our HV said they expect them to know their colours by 3, so I wasn't that fussed.

Hopelass Tue 10-May-16 10:28:35

DS learnt at about 18 months but he is a bit precocious!

NeedACleverNN Tue 10-May-16 10:31:28

Dd knew the odd colour around 2.

Now at 3.2 she is pretty full proof with her colours. Though she occasionally slips up. She knows her favourite colour (pink and purple) but will sometimes say pink instead of red.

MrsJoeyMaynard Tue 10-May-16 10:33:18

DS1 was rubbish at colours until he was almost 3. DH worried he was colour blind, but DS1 just hadn't grasped the concept of different colours having different names.

DS2 could name most colours by about 18 months. But there's other things (e.g. numbers) where DS1 was way ahead of DS2.

How old is your DS?

BathshebaDarkstone Tue 10-May-16 10:34:34

When they were about 2?

Trinpy Tue 10-May-16 10:34:42

My ds is 2.1 and knows quite a few colours but still gets mixed up between similar ones like red and orange. I'm not expecting him to be 100% on them for a while yet.

RatOnnaStick Tue 10-May-16 10:36:46

I think anywhere between 2 and 3 is normal. DS1 had them licked by 2.5, even though he couldn't say them (speech delay) but DS2 was nearer 3 before they clicked.

Playduh Tue 10-May-16 10:38:26

DS is three in July. He was showing interest in learning them with my mum last year but now if you ask he just says 'I don't know'.

We play a colour game that involves matching colours and he can do it; so I'm interested in the idea that he doesn't understand that different colours have different names.

I don't want to push him and he is really good with everything else. I did wonder if he's just a bit too busy concentrating other things.

quencher Tue 10-May-16 10:44:03

My 2.5 knows all the basic colours. I would say about 15.

From 18months she was already interest. It's the same with number. At the moment we are up to 20. Similar with abc. Just make part of every day vocabulary. We never sit down with lots of colours and ready to learn.

eatsleephockeyrepeat Tue 10-May-16 10:55:50

Mine's a bit young to know colours but, assuming you're 'mum', is your father colour blind?

I volunteered DS to take part is a child development experiment at our local uni which would have involved looking at colours, however he wasn't eligible as his maternal grandfather (my father) is red-green colour blind. Apparently that - plus his being male - puts him in the highest possible risk category for being colour blind.

Buggers Tue 10-May-16 11:00:58

I play guess the car game when I'm out and about with dd. You both have to guess what colour the next car that goes past will be. Very low pressure game and he will soon pick it up.

ACubed Wed 11-May-16 14:45:40

I wouldn't worry about it, children learn colours much later than other names for things - it can be quite a hard concept for them I think. I don't think colours are even mentioned in the Early Years curriculum...I work at a nursery and that's not a development marker we've ever used. As long as you don't have concerns about his eyesight, I would just let it come naturally, or use lots of colours in day to day speech - "Ooh I like your red car!" "Can I have the blue crayon please?"

ACubed Wed 11-May-16 14:46:25

I wouldn't worry about it, children learn colours much later than other names for things - it can be quite a hard concept for them I think. I don't think colours are even mentioned in the Early Years curriculum...I work at a nursery and that's not a development marker we've ever used. As long as you don't have concerns about his eyesight, I would just let it come naturally, or use lots of colours in day to day speech - "Ooh I like your red car!" "Can I have the blue crayon please?"

Abbinob Wed 11-May-16 14:48:31

Colours can be confusing e.g your pointing st a car and saying it's red, they don't really know you mean colour.
DS knows his colours since about 2, he's obsessed with Mr maker.
My mum kept saying "ORANGE BOWL this bowl is ORANGE" at him like a twat when he was a baby, as if he had any idea what she was on about hmm

soundsystem Wed 11-May-16 21:20:40

DD is 18 months and she knows quite a few. The ones that feature in Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? mostly, she's a bit obsessed with that.

Is anyone else in your family colour-blind? Your father/brothers/DS's dad? Definitely worth getting checked out if so.

BYOSnowman Wed 11-May-16 21:24:56

I noticed older ds was colour blind because dd was telling him what colour things were when she was 2 and he was 5. I did a few non scientific tests and it was obvious he has colour deficiency.

Looking backing he had always had a problem - eg at football when they told them to kick the ball to a certain coloured cone he would get it wrong etc

He was formally diagnosed in year 2 as before then the optician said the test wasn't reliable (although he did do it when he was 5 and result was the same)

BrightandEarly Wed 11-May-16 22:24:28

At that age do you think he might just be testing boundaries / not interested in the 'game', when answering incorrectly?

My DD who has known her colours for a long time (she's nearly four) loves getting them wrong on purpose, which is very confusing for poor DS (who is 2) who is trying to learn them.

In terms of tests, can you get / download some of those dotted pictures where you can only see the image if you can differentiate between the colours? I'm not describing them very well confused!

purpleme12 Thu 12-May-16 01:32:57

My little girl is 2 and 7 months. She doesnt know which colours are which at all.I know she's on track she goes to nursery and she's at the right development stage etc

MrsA2 Thu 12-May-16 07:01:24

Mine's 21 months and can reliably do about four colours and is hit and miss with another six or so.

Miloarmadillo1 Thu 12-May-16 20:17:13

My DS was v slow to learn colours, well past the point where he could do shapes, numbers etc. Fast forward a few years, he has just been diagnosed as red-green colour blind. It affects 1 in 12 boys so it's not a daft suggestion.

WhirlwindHugs Thu 12-May-16 20:25:22

This is a great article about colours: www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-johnny-name-colors/

I'm surprised they bought this up, lots of kids take a while with colours. My eldest two were definitely more like 3 when they got them. I started taking them both to the optician around 2.5/3 as well though - no harm in checking if you are concerned.

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