Children are born in a greyscale world and only start seeing in colour later on. At the age of 18 months, a child can start to identify colour. At age 2-3 years old, they start to name them. You can start embracing the use of colour from a child’s early age, teaching them the importance of colour as ways of expressing themselves, which helps them develop their own individuality and flare.
Colouring in can be used as a time to reflect, relax and explore our feelings. It helps a child learn to concentrate on the task at hand, de-stress, all while expressing their personality through their artwork. During these moments, we need to take the opportunity to celebrate children for their art, be it a Picasso or simple mark making. It deserves your attention!
The importance of colouring in:
- Holding of crayons helps to develop hand strength, which is good preparation for handwriting in the future.
- It encourages self-expression and creativity. Through their artwork, you can see how a child sees themself, the colours they enjoy, their perception of sizes and their emotions.
- Improves fine motor skills. Colouring in the lines and direction of movement all contribute to childhood milestones
- Improves focus and concentration. It provides a child with the opportunity to complete a task from start to finish. It is rewarding for them to show off the end product, so focus is practiced in completing their artwork, expressing themself is enjoyable along the way, with a masterpiece at the end.
- Colour recognition is improved. By providing a child with a choice of what colours they want to use, they can add their individuality to their work, regardless of whether it is correct or not!
- Builds confidence and self-esteem from seeing their completed work. Remember the last time your child rushed to you to show you their work, and their grin filled with pride?
- Learning to plan. Whether they are using one colour all over, or lots of different colours. This all comes with a level of planning in how they would like their masterpiece to turn out.
If you’re looking for your next exciting colouring book, our Awesome Edition has a personalised colouring book to go alongside the hardcover version of The Door in the Garden Wall. A great opportunity for a child to colour themself in!
Using colour to understand emotions
Emotions are often associated with colour, and can be helpful in understanding them. Meditative activities are a great way to introduce colour to help children identify their feelings and how to control them. One method is that you breathe in blue air (calm) and breathe out the red air (anger).
If a child is battling with expressing themself, help them identify colour with different emotions, and let them express their feelings if they are sad or angry, in colour. This not only helps the child process their emotions, but provides valuable insight as a parent to know what the child is feeling.
Have some fun with colour
Play the traffic light game with your child. It has so many benefits outside of learning colour, and can help them release some of their never ending energy.
Red – Stop
Green – Run
Orange – Sit
Blue – Jump
This will engage them in a fun and practical way, teaching them to respond to simple cues. It also will improve their listening skills!
Some days are not suitable to be outdoors, so take these moments as an opportunity to stay at home and engage in an art activity with your child. Chat about use of colour or what their pictures mean to them. You can always get creative with your own masterpiece alongside theirs!