Whether you’re dressing yourself for the day or waiting for the lights to turn green, it becomes apparent just how important colour recognition is on a daily basis. Through we can communicate and interpret the world around us. Moreover, once your child knows their hues well, colour recognition can be applied to maths when sorting, categorising and comparing objects according to this distinction. So, knowing your hues is a great preparatory tool that also enables kids to recognise and communicate about the world around them using colour words. In fact it is one of the first ways that we learn to distinguish one thing from another.
For our 0-2 year olds it is best to start the colour journey with bright, bold hues and to explain the nuances within colours (shades and tints) further down the track. There are plenty of engaging colour matching materials and games out there to get started, and you could even have a colour week where blue, for instance, is the focus. Once kids can comfortably identify, they can begin to describe colour in terms of mood, temperature, saturation etc. This will enable them to be more aware of subtle differences when we categorise anything and is useful to a range of different professions, most notably graphic design. Colour, like language, communicates and the earlier we recognise it the better!!!!