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A Colorful World for Growing Children

August, 2018

A Colorful World for Growing Children

Using Color to Enhance Learning and Behavior

-Ar. Kritika Rana

Our world is full of color & magical things. And itplays a major role in the mental and physical well-being of children. Just remember the experience when you saw a magnificent rainbow decorated gloriously in the bright blue sky for the first time when you were young. The feeling of joy when you got your first coloring book and crayons, the excitement you had when you tried to give life to pictures by coloring them with beautiful colors

The most surprising fact about colors is that babies start to recognize and distinguish colors before any other feature. As a matter of fact, younger children are more attracted to colors than shapes. The sense of color is believed to develop in a child between the age of six weeks to two months. Red is the first color a baby recognizes. Infants begin to perceive and get naturally attracted to bright colors such as blue and yellow. This ability to differentiate colors develops at around 18 months of age.

Children begin to spell out the names of colors between the ages of two to five, where girls are believed to surpass the boys. Long before they can name colors, children are able to identify diverse colors and show a liking towards some.Younger children also show positive emotional reactions to bright shades; and negative responses to dark hues such as brown and black. As per the development of children with age, there is a major shift in their preference for colors.

Children are more appreciative of our breathtaking world painted in a vibrant medley of colors than adults. The inquisitive mind of children is similar to a blank canvas capable of grasping the freshness of stimulating hues. As the nerve cells of children evolve and replenish in a much faster rate than adults, colors have a greater impact on their mood as well. However, with maturity, various stimuli fill up the memory of the cranial nerves slightly decreasing our sensation of colors.

Color is the primary medium for children to express their emotions. The association of red with angry, blue with sad, yellow with happy and green with illness is the theory behind the ‘Color Mood Chart’.

A Colorful World for Growing Children

Color Mood Chart for children to express themselves

These charts are commonly used to comprehend the ineffable emotions of children in preschools and children’s hospitals. Name of colors are sowed deep inside children’s mind. It helpsthem to express themselves and it plays a vital role in their early phase of schooling. Colors gives joy in learning experiences. As it is said “picture speaks louder than words”, it's hard to memorize if someone describes about an apple. But when you see the picture or the real apple it is stored in your mind automatically and its shape, size and color can be recalled any time. Many psychologists dependupon colorful pictures in the development of brain and to boost ones learning ability and communication skills.

When you go to a playground you get a sight of the slides,swings, seesaw and other figures surrounding it. They are painted in different bright colors. If you have been in a kindergarten classroom you might have noticed that the classroom is decorated with colorful cartoon figures and other stuffs. They are not just for decoration. It is painted that way to spread out a positive vibration among children. That is why it is very important to choose the right color while you are decorating room for your children.

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We should raise our children in the colorful environment which radiates positive vibration for their healthy growth. As the morning shows the day, childhood shows the person he/she will be. andshould always think about their physical and mental well-being. So, let's joinhands to make this world a better place for the next generation.



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