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Having a huge problem with colors....

My son turned two in October and is really doing well with a lot of things except colors! Numbers he's doing pretty well, ABC's he can remember most.... etc... But colors, he can never remember which is which even if we just went over it. I don't know what to do.....? How behind is he.....?

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Asked by AshJoe05 at 4:56 PM on Feb. 10, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • lol- sounds like your doing fine. We are working on body parts, and numbers and identification of shapes vs letters etc. I guess we are hugely behind if y'allare because my son just turned two in December. Really I don't sweat this stuff. He also uses the potty and helps make food with me. They all do some things sooner and some things later. Imo it's best to follow their lead until they are a bit older.  Fit what you can in the brains when they are interested now.  Once they develop a little more the capacity for learning things they aren't interested in will in crease.  If you are really worried, call the ped. I think they will do a hearing/vision test at three years old.


    Answer by CooksWife at 5:01 PM on Feb. 10, 2009

  • don't stress about it....he will get it....just keep working patiently with him good luck

    Answer by oregonduck at 5:03 PM on Feb. 10, 2009

  • He's not behind at all. He's not even 2.5 years and he knows most of his ABC's and numbers. Thats' great. Many kids don't learn them until 4 or 5. Same with colors. While we think of these as the "important" things, they just don't matter to many kids. There are so many things to see, do, and learn about the world that these few, narrow topics get lost to a kid.
    Do this simple check:
    See if he will sort all of the blocks by color. Pick two colors like blue and yellow to start with. Show him what you mean and then ask him to do it. Now try, red and green. If he can, great! You know he can see the colors, he just isn't interested in the names.
    If he can't, there may not be a problem, it may be that he doesn't get it yet or that he doesn't care. If he can do blue and yellow but not red and green, again, there may not be a problem. But it never hurts to ask his doctor, especially if color blindness runs in the family

    Answer by kaycee14 at 5:07 PM on Feb. 10, 2009

  • Try M&M's. Know the color, get a treat.

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:08 PM on Feb. 10, 2009

  • And remember, while you are "going over" these things with him... if it's not part of his play, if it's workbooks, flashcards, or other "academic drills", then it is NOT age appropriate.
    If you make his learning stressful, he won't like it and it will make things harder when he hits school and MUST learn with boring workbooks, dull flashcards, and endless repetition.
    Preschoolers learn best through PLAY. Cookie cutters shaped like letters, blue paint and playdoh days, hopscotch, counting the steps as you climb, who can spot the most "A's" in the store... fun, exciting, adventurous. This is the critical time to teach him that learning can be fun - not to see how much and how quickly you can cram stuff into his head. You are building the foundation for a lifetime of learning. Make it fun.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 5:13 PM on Feb. 10, 2009

  • He's fine.

    My 2 year old is having a horrible time with colors, too. He does recognize all his letters and numbers to 10 (with problems with 6 and 8 for some reason lol), knows more shapes than most kindergarteners (basics and hexagon, pentagon, octagon, trapezoid, parallelagram...) but colors? FORGET IT! LOL

    Answer by TiccledBlue at 5:17 PM on Feb. 10, 2009

  • wow. i love anon's answer. may never say that again. lol. fruit snacks would be a healthy alternative.

    Answer by princezzmommie at 6:19 PM on Feb. 10, 2009

  • He's not behind. Children aren't expected to know colors until age 3. I have 26 mos old twins. One has known all his colors since just before he turned two (even colors like grey, pink,purple) but his brother is only just now picking up on his colors.

    Answer by twinclubmom at 8:51 PM on Feb. 10, 2009

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