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4 yr old DS doesn't know his colours!

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moominsmummy Tue 21-Oct-08 15:13:52

Orthoptist says his vision was fine at 3 year check

Pre-school says he's doing really well on everything but this

He knows black, white, grey, brown and pink but doesn't know any primary colours!


Twiglett Tue 21-Oct-08 15:14:31

becuase he's 4

needmorecoffee Tue 21-Oct-08 15:15:53

he's 4. dd can manage to agree if something is red or not. She's 4.7. Thats the only colour she actually appears to know.

DesperateHousewifeToo Tue 21-Oct-08 15:30:09

Can he match them? i.e. show him a red sock and get him to find something else red. Start off with something really obvious in the room that you have conveniently placed there.grin

Stick to one colour over the week and point out as many things as you can that are that colour all week - when out walking, in house, on tv, clothes, food, etc.

Move on to a different colour once he can name that colour.

Repeat with next colour......


Sillyworry Tue 21-Oct-08 15:47:18

Oh I've got one of those. He can talk 'a hind head off a donkey' Is that the phase or 'I'm I doing a Mum' (sorry my family expression for saying something odd like my Spanish Mum.) He know where India, Spain Canada and France are (family there) on the Atlas. But colours and numbers he's pants. Can't do letters either. Don't sweat it until he's at school. They have a life time of formally education don't let the government policy maker grind you down! (I keep telling myself everyday)grin

laidbackinengland Tue 21-Oct-08 15:49:38

Is he colour blind ?

Cadmum Tue 21-Oct-08 15:54:03

I agree that you ought not worry. He is just a four year old with other interests. Does he understand the concept of colour? Our dd is only 2 1/2 and knows what colours are but is seldom correct if asked directly to name a colour.

Matching activities are a brilliant suggestion! Naming colours is too stressful when you are little.

If you happen to be worried that he might be colour blind then you might expect him to offer a green sock to match a red or orange one. DH's father and nephew are colour blind and it became quite apparent when they were both 5 or 6.

Cadmum Tue 21-Oct-08 16:02:14

This link contains a portion of a colour blindness test for pre-schoolers because the standard ones require a knowledge of numbers.

kettlechip Wed 22-Oct-08 20:25:27

I was thinking colour blindness, the colours you've named are the only ones my BIL can see, and he's partially colour blind, if that makes sense.

Very common in boys apparently, nothing to worry about but it's worth being aware of.

ds loves to name the colours on traffic lights, and ds2 has started to copy. Might be worth a go when you're driving next..

M&S do some great colour matching puzzles too.

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