Summer in Alaska is the perfect time to explore the unique colors all around us! After months of winter colors, it’s exciting to see vibrant flowers, bright kuspuks, new greens of growing plants, and all the blues of moving water.
Generally, children begin to learn colors by about 18 months to 2 years. It may seem like colors are a simple concept, but the way we see color can be tricky. If a child is color blind or has a visual impairment, learning colors may always be a struggle.
No matter where your child is developmentally, remember to start easy. Focusing on red, yellow, and green is best before adding more colors like orange or blue. Using color words as you point out objects should become second nature to you – “Here’s your black bear!” or “Do you want to wear your purple shirt or the yellow one?” Before you know it, you and your child will get to the whole rainbow.