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Children & their world of Colours

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Title: Children & their world of Colours

Children tend to prefer bright and bold colours over the subtle hues. Researches had indicated that children’s eyes may not be adapted to see dull, dim colours very well or even at all.

According to a 2005 research article published by the BBC, children can see and even appreciate colours as early as four months old. At that age, however, their eyes may not yet be sufficiently developed to recognize various shades of colour or differentiate dull colours like grey and brown. The researchers concluded that babies are unable to distinguish variations in colour, which reinforces the notion that babies can only see bright, fully saturated colours. In addition, the research reported by the BBC appears to negate a long-standing myth that children are colour-blind, though it supports the idea that they are partially colour-blind.

Colours also help children to express themselves. Colour is a very useful mean to express certain emotions, especially those hard to express.


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Many researches in the past have confirmed the association of colour and mood. Having listened to a fairy tale with the happy end, children get drawing with a yellow pencil; after some sad story they tend to draw with dark brown colours.

What’s your child mood? Is he or she happy, excited, sad, frightened or angry? Psychotherapists teach children to distinguish feelings; call them and discuss them in a positive way using colour. This technique is called ‘Colour your life’ the best results are achieved with children above six, who know the names of colours and understand their own feelings.

A psychologist gives a child a sheet of paper and a set of crayons of basic colours: yellow, red, blue, green, violet, grey, black and so on. A kid is asked to choose a colour for the named feeling. There are following combinations arising often: red – anger, orange – joy, grey – loneliness. Then a kid is given a blank sheet of paper and asked to draw his or her own feelings. For example if he is sometimes happy, sometimes sad then he or she may use different colours, connected with different moods. It’s very interesting to watch what colours a kid chooses, how intensively he uses them and the order that they appear on the paper.

Whatever colour activity you choose for your kid, you’d better let him or her choose colours. If you insist on certain colour your child may revolt.  And if you suggest a wrong colour the situation may turn even worse.

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