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Wow I'm just a slacker then. My girls just turned 2 and I haven't really even bothered introducing colors. They're just now getting verbal enough to actually understand the words they say and colors are really on the bottom of my list of words I'd like them to use right now!<br><br>
In my house we apparently enjoy skirting the far edge of "normal" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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My DD turns 2 tomorrow, and she's just beginning to be consistently accurate with naming the basic colors (red, blue, orange, yellow, green, pink, purple). She's known pink for a while. She could bring you "x" color for the past few months though. I think she's pretty average.
 

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We just "introduced" colors about a month ago, at 22 mos, as DS just started expressing an interest in knowing them, and was calling everything that's yellow "school bus"--schoolbus cup, schoolbus (mustard) bottle, etc. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> (schoolbus smiley?) We don't believe in drilling him on things like this, so we just followed his lead, and within a week, he knew them all.
 

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i haven't really started w/colors yet, we've focused more on numbers/letters, but the fingerpainting is a good idea, i''ll have to but some
 

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Dd is almost 22 months and I've really seen an amazing development of her ability to name colors in the last few weeks. She's pretty much always accurate with red, blue, yellow, green, pink, and white. Purple and orange are hit or miss.She gets very excited about naming her sippy cups: pink water! yellow water! blue water! etc. x At around 20 months, everything was "red," except for her blue sippy cup, which was actually blue!<br><br>
Do you have the book Brown Bear, Brown Bear? It's rather grating (to me--I like plot), but I think it really helped dd nail down colors.
 

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This comes up periodically here. I do think that typically those who think their kiddo did it early or average reply more than those who are later. Truth is they want some color names by kindergarten. This isn't a biggie and has a lot to do with interest along with a bit to do with parent persistance in some kids.<br><br>
Some kids are interested young even if the parent doesn't really say much at all. Other kids aren't even if the parent really wants to "teach" it. Some others won't take an interest until it is directly introduced. I personally don't think it matters, other things were more interesting, so I never focused on colors. I did read brown bear and such so they heard colors. One kiddo had all his colors by 18 months; he was just interested. The other didn't....and didn't....and didn't. He was counting well before he got his colors--I think it was about 2.5. He finally got interested I guess.
 

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Gosh, I don't think I've ever even mentioned the idea of colors to ds . . . he's 16 months old. I have no idea when my older kids started learning colors, but it must have been before they were two because I know that they definitely had favorite colors by their second birthday.<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Wow I'm just a slacker then. My girls just turned 2 and I haven't really even bothered introducing colors. They're just now getting verbal enough to actually understand the words they say and colors are really on the bottom of my list of words I'd like them to use right now!<br><br>
In my house we apparently enjoy skirting the far edge of "normal" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"></div>
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We're deliberate slackers <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">. For now, we are taking an unschooling approach to education, so I talk about the colors when it is natural to do so, but I don't sit and rehearse with her. DD can identify the colors that she likes <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">. I have absolutely no doubt that she will pick up all of the main colors naturally within the next year, but I feel no need to teach her something that comes so naturally.<br><br>
If I end up mistaken <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">, I am sure I can quickly teach her the main colors by the time she is "supposed" to know them. So we are not completely committed to unschooling yet <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">.
 

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I am a slacker too. I never really "taught" my DD her colors. At her 3yr Dr. appointment her pedi asked her to name colors and she knew all of them (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, white, gray, black, brown), although at that point she still got green and blue mixed up about 25% of the time. Her doc didn't think this was a big concern. Now at 3.5yo she doesn't get them mixed up anymore. And she knows which colors to mix to make orange, green, purple, pink, brown, and gray. When you show her one of these colors, she will say "red and yellow make orange", etc, instead of just orange or whatever color. It's kinda funny.<br><br>
DS is 22mo, and I know he knows blue, but I don't think he knows any other colors, and I'm not in a rush to teach him. He will pick it up, just like his sister did.
 

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My daughter is two and a half and she knows red and green, but I haven't bothered much teaching them. Sometimes I try to point out the colours we are using when we draw or play with blocks, but I don't always remember to do that
 

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My DD is 20 months old, and she knows yellow and, um, yellow. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> She kinda *gets* other colors and will repeat the name or find other things that match, but really the only one she really knows is yellow. And we haven't been working on it, either, but I think they do once a day at daycare.
 

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They work on this at my daycare a lot.<br>
My daughter turns 3 in a month. She is off and on. Some days she can get them all right, more than once while on other days she doesn't. I think it depends on her mood, and whether she wants to play the "color game". I know for sure she can count to 15, and sometimes she purposely goes, "2,4,6,8" or "1, 5,6,8" etc.<br><br>
I think sometimes at this age they understand but aren't always in the mood to cooperate.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">We're deliberate slackers <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">. For now, we are taking an unschooling approach to education, so I talk about the colors when it is natural to do so, but I don't sit and rehearse with her. DD can identify the colors that she likes <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">. I have absolutely no doubt that she will pick up all of the main colors naturally within the next year, but I feel no need to teach her something that comes so naturally.<br><br>
If I end up mistaken <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">, I am sure I can quickly teach her the main colors by the time she is "supposed" to know them. So we are not completely committed to unschooling yet <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">.</div>
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OK, so maybe colours are more important in our lifestyle then? We consider ourselves unschoolers too and one of DD's first words (as in within the first 50) was "purple". I assume because I'd say things like "oh what a lovely purple flower" when she stopped to look at a garden bed or ask her if she wanted to wear the red or purple pants etc etc. Seems to me if you talk about colours when it's "natural" too, that's actually pretty often <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
To answer the OP, she's 22 months & identifies all primary & plenty of other colours (nothing like "teal" though). She does get confused by close shades of orange & yellow. Fair enough too.
 

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Scarlett was just about 14-15 months when she could name all of the colors, but she wasn't good at identifying them. Now at 24 months, she has the 6 basic colors down, and white. One of the things that really helped her was sorting laundry with me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">OK, so maybe colours are more important in our lifestyle then? We consider ourselves unschoolers too and one of DD's first words (as in within the first 50) was "purple". I assume because I'd say things like "oh what a lovely purple flower" when she stopped to look at a garden bed or ask her if she wanted to wear the red or purple pants etc etc. Seems to me if you talk about colours when it's "natural" too, that's actually pretty often <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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We do this, too, and two of DD's first words were "purple" and "orange", but I just don't think all children are focused on learning colors right away. I think it is mainly about what children are interested in at a given age, and nothing to worry about. Children very interested in colors may be showing a budding interest in art, and perhaps children who end up less drawn to art and beauty don't focus on colors at an early age, but instead can identify different breeds of dogs or types of birds. I just personally don't fret about DD learning certain things at a certain age because she certainly isn't lacking overall in her learning <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"><br><br>
ETA: Mainly, I just don't want the "slackers" to feel bad, since I don't think it is important to "teach" something as natural as colors.
 

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My DS was calling everything green around 24 mo and so we worked on colours one day and he learned about 5 or 6 that day after just a little work. He also learned about half a dozen shapes that day too. He's the type that he'll learn it when and if he wants to. If he doesn't want to work on colours, etc. he just randomly says colours, letters, etc. and then ignores you. LOL
 

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Around a year. And I'm one of those moms that describes everything, and talks all the time to the kiddo... As in "Do you see the red bird?" "Hand mommy the green rag." Definately not a flash-card family <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br>
But dd was talking well enough to be understood by strangers at that age, too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">
 

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DD is 25 mos and becoming more accurate identifying colors. Last month, everything was blue. She's better at getting the red crayon, than saying the color of the crayon. She became more interested in colors after she got the book "Freight Train".
 

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My son was just tested by a developemental and speech therapist. She said it is NOT important to be able to name colors, but be able to match them or point when asked. She said to actually name them, around 3 1/2.<br><br>
My son will be 3 in May and know colors, but to actually get him to tell you, good luck! We have this with counting and basically anything to do with learning. We try to do fun approaches and nothing worked. He HATES books for the most part. This is why we had him tested. He tested on a 3.5 year old level, so right on track. She said he is learning things is own way.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
I feel he is pretty behind "comparing" to most of the other kids I know, but they assured me he was just fine.
 
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