Relation of Color with Child Psychology

This time I am presenting in front of you all the relation of color with child psychology.
I hope that this article would be appreciated by every reader.

Color is the bright site of childhood. Children love all types of colors and give an instant respond on it. However children's response differs from adults' reaction. If you are to communicate with children, color should become your ally. But you need to use the color language correctly. Children use limited palette, which becomes wider as they grow up.

Color is the first characteristic, which children can distinguish. All of us have heard that children perceive only black and white colors (light and darkness). Young parents often paint nursery black-and-white, buy black-and-white toys and other stuff. But in the period from six weeks to two months the situation undergoes radical changes. First children start to distinguish red color. Later they start to perceive other bright colors, and yellow among them.

Little children are attracted to bright colors. Numerous academic researches show that age children's preferences change. Many children under 10 call red (or pink) and yellow their favorite colors. But having grown above ten they start preferring blue. We consider it to be with the process of growing up and appearance of ability to perceive different hues of mood.

Color preferences are closely associated with the gender. Numerous researches show that most little girls prefer pink, lavender or violet. Little boys like black and other dark colors more than girls. The question has arisen if those favors are innate or acquired. Adults accustom little girls and boys to like certain colors choosing their clothes and toys. It's hard to give the exact answer but we are inclined to consider color preferences to be innate. It's a difficult problem to be solved in future.

Do toys manufacturers know about it? Walk about toy department – you'll see that they are well well aware of children's' color preferences and use the color to attract children's attention and sell their products, as company working for adults, they use the same strategies – color characteristics of the trade Mark, emphasizing certain features with the help of colors.

Speaking about emphasizing certain characteristics by means of colors, gender identification is only one example. If you see some product in bright colorful packaging then the manufacturer wants to affect children and means them to be the target audience. Some parents think that manufacturers too cynically play on children's feelings. But remember, how many times color has motivated children to take some positive action.

Color is the great mean to manipulate children and teenagers. This mean is used differently and it brings different results. Not only sellers and manufacturers use children's interest towards colors. You also can use it to teach, motivate and inspire new generation.

Color language and children

First let's consider how children get acquainted with colors. They learn to distinguish them long before they know the names of colors. The point out right objects, before they are able to say 'red', 'yellow' or 'green'. Children learn colors' names at the age of 2-5. Girls usually memorize colors names earlier than boys. Of course, all children develop differently, as the process of growing up is connected with the state of nervous system.

If you want to help children learn to distinguish colors, try to do so that children learn colors associating them with the subjects of correspondinging color. Here are typical associations, understandable for an average child

Yellow – bananas, lemons, sun

Red – apples, tomatoes

Blue – jeans, sky

Green – peas, grass, leaves

Gray – an elephant

Brown – a bear, tree bark

Researches show, that, for example when you show a blue apple to a child and ask him what it is, it takes him or her more time to recognize it. Sure if you happen to communicate with little children, you know what may happen. A blue apple may seem funny to them. It testifies that a child develops the sense of humor, ability to laugh at clumsy and wrong things.

Once a child learnt to recognize and name colors, it helps him or her to learn new information. Parents always want to teach children safety regulations. We discovered that highlighting certain qualities by means of color helps children to remember what is dangerous. Remember that human's eye notices combination of yellow and black, and brain automatically perceives this as a sign of danger. Use these colors to mark the things, which you do not want your children to play with. You may also mark those rooms in your house, in which your children must not go, which are dangerous – like stairs or cellar. When your children grow, you still can use colors for teaching them. Certain researchers showed that children with attention problems cope with the task better when stimulated with colors. Improvement was as significant as when using drugs. It means the color can be used in medicine.
Color can also be used in food if your child does not like to eat same boring boring food.