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Teaching your toddler colors SaraDenise 2 kids; Durant, Oklahoma 827 posts
20th Jul '13

I've been trying to teach my 2 year old colors all summer and we have pretty much not progressed at all. When I ask him what color something is he will guess a color. Then I will tell him the correct color. If I point out something the exact same color he will still guess a random color instead of being able to identify that the two items are the SAME color.



Anyone else go through this? It seems like other people's kids learn their colors so easily...

Jays*Mama 2 kids; Michigan 5658 posts
20th Jul '13

Maybe try teaching one at a time. Like teach red for a few days then move onto another.

Leah+2 2 kids; Texas 5797 posts
20th Jul '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Jays*Mama:</b>" Maybe try teaching one at a time. Like teach red for a few days then move onto another."</blockquote>




This is what we did. One at a time was much easier for him to learn. Once he generally got one we started a new one.

Garfield636 TTC since Apr 2013; 16 kids; Utica, Michigan 599 posts
20th Jul '13

I had the same problem with LO. At some point I thought that he is color blind. He started recognizing around 3 years old

SaraDenise 2 kids; Durant, Oklahoma 827 posts
20th Jul '13
Quoting Garfield636:" I had the same problem with LO. At some point I thought that he is color blind. He started recognizing around 3 years old"


I asked about color-blindness the other day and didn't get any responses. My dad is extremely color blind so I don't know if that is another issue going on.

SaraDenise 2 kids; Durant, Oklahoma 827 posts
20th Jul '13

I will try teaching only one for a few days. The thing is, even if I get a red car and ask him to get another red car, he can't do it. Even if I am showing him the red car, he can't just go get another one the same color.

Garfield636 TTC since Apr 2013; 16 kids; Utica, Michigan 599 posts
20th Jul '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting SaraDenise:</b>" I asked about color-blindness the other day and didn't get any responses. My dad is extremely color blind so I don't know if that is another issue going on."</blockquote>




Im not sure exactly how to even recognize if your kid is color blind. My family was always telling me not to worry as he just took more time to learn the colors. He still gets then confused though. I mean he recognizes the main colors like yellow, green And red but he doesn't get white or black for example. So I don't know. I wonder if you can test it somehow

Captain Obvious 2 kids; Havana, Cuba 25634 posts
20th Jul '13
Quoting SaraDenise:" I will try teaching only one for a few days. The thing is, even if I get a red car and ask him to get ... [snip!] ... to get another red car, he can't do it. Even if I am showing him the red car, he can't just go get another one the same color."


That's worth talking to the pediatrician. Color-blindness is inherited from the X chromosome which is the chromosome you gave him. Since you have XX chromosomes you wouldn't have symptoms of colorblindness if only one of your x's is deformed but you can pass the deformed X on and your son would have colorblindness because he only has one X chromosome.

SaraDenise 2 kids; Durant, Oklahoma 827 posts
20th Jul '13
Quoting Captain Obvious:" That's worth talking to the pediatrician. Color-blindness is inherited from the X chromosome which is ... [snip!] ... x's is deformed but you can pass the deformed X on and your son would have colorblindness because he only has one X chromosome."

I will talk to his pedi. I hope its not that. Plus, I am pregnant with another boy so that will be something I have to watch for again.

Mommy to B&B 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Texas 907 posts
status 20th Jul '13

My DD is 2.5 and she knew all of her colors shortly after her 2nd birthday. What u can try is get one of his favorite snacks that has lots of colors we used fruit loops and m&ms for my DD we would show her 1 and ask her what color it was if she got it right she got to eat it lol we also let her watch a show on the baby channel or netflix if u have it called "Color Crew" she learned them very quickly and after she got the main colors down she learned the more complicated colors (magenta, violet, periwinkle, etc.) within a few weeks. I don't know if it will work but its worth a shot:)

Summerfrost 51 kids; Massachusetts 6545 posts
20th Jul '13

My oldest learned all of his colors including the complicated ones by the time he was barely over 2. My middle baby is still learning them at 3. My youngest is about 20 months and he knows a couple of colors, but it's a little early still



Anyway, the point is that each kid is different. It seems like to me that sometimes kids learn stuff when they're ready to learn it, not when we want them to. My oldest is awesome with numbers. He can count .. add .. multiply... He knows how to write all of the numbers up to 100. He even draws number buildings and stuff, but he can't write his name or write many letters in general.



Over the years, I've tried to even him out a bit.. lol ... but he is just not interested at all. It's only been within the past month or so that he even started to try to read and stuff. I think in another couple of months or so, he will probably be able to write his name out no problem. That's what I'm hoping anyway. :)



IMO, I wouldn't worry about it. If she's not ready, just try something else for a little while and go back to it later.