The importance of colors for children development
Colors are everywhere and we all love them.
Do you know that colors can affect human beings in various way as creativity, productivity learning and emotions?
Children can be more sensitive to colors, affecting their reaction to the environment. Not only colors send signals to the brain to make them (and us) hungry or calm or anxious, but they also have the power to distract a child or enhance a child’s learning potential.
Colors can influence children mood too. So, from their rooms to the rucksack, you have to pay attention on the color’s choice!
Colors and Learning
According to research studies, color carries critical importance in the development of children’s cognitive skills.
Colors are some of the earlier words they tend to learn and a means they can use for learning. It’s important to incorporate them into their daily activities, because children remember colors better than verbal cues. So, combining content with colorful visuals improve your child’s memorization.
Children learn from a young age to associate colors with particular objects. For instance, they often associate red with apples, yellow with sun, blue with sky etc. Exposing a baby to different shades of colors can help them make important connections and expand their vocabulary, because colors help to assess, estimate and define an object.
The next step is linking colors with the deeper meaning we assign to them. Children can learn the association between red and danger, for instance, through the meaning behind traffic lights.
Sure enough, bright colors are also known to have deeper associations. For instance, green is connected with nature and blue with sadness. Teaching colors and deeper meaning we associate to them means to give children more elements for the decoding of the environment in which they are inserted in.
Colors and Mood
Color is an important component for designing the educational spaces of children. Children display their full potential for learning in colorful rooms. This depends on the color skill to affect human beings’ perception of the world around.
Scientific studies demonstrate that colours affect the brain and the entire central nervous system as well. When color is transmitted from the eye to the brain, this one releases a hormone affecting the emotions, mind clarity and energy levels.
Generally, warmer colors like orange and yellow bring happiness, while cooler colors like blue and green tend to have a calming effect. It is often a matter of finding the right combination of colors in nursery or school rooms to crate the most suitable learning environment for them.
Blue increases productivity. Cool hues cause the body to produce calming chemicals.
Red stimulates brain activity. But if overused, it can be very distracting and often triggers hunger. Green is very relaxing and is associated with nature, creativity and fertile thinking. Yellow heightens concentration, but it also can be very overpowering.
To organize their colored space, keep in mind that young children are attracted to warm and bright colors, while elementary-aged children prefer pastels. Middle school children enjoy colors like greens and blues, while high school students prefer darker colors like gray or navy.
Researches have shown that in the first few months of life, a newborn baby can only see primarily in shades of black, grey and white. By three months of age, most babies are able to see color, with a preference for bright primary colors.
Around the age of 6-8 months, a baby’s color vision is well developed. It is during this time that you’d better to introduce a different color scheme into your child’s nursery for your toddlers to benefit from colors brain stimulation. A colored play arch to be hanged on the cradle, for instance, is perfect for this goal because of the colorful dangling play pieces that stimulate baby’s vision.
keep in mind that you have to introduce colors in your child’s everyday life anyway. If you aren’t planning a babies’ room wall painting, toys come to help you, as way to enhance learning and as functional decor items too.
Primary and brighter colors are so alluring for children! Children prefer brighter colors, because they perceive these ones better than fainter shades. As a matter of fact, colorful toys are able to attract babies, reason why Hape has always paid particular attention to the choice of colors. Look below!
Press the colorful key of the Magic touch Xylophone will be irresistible! Baby’s tiniest touch of a bright colored key will kick off a one-of-a-kind symphony. Here colors encourage development of fine motor skills as baby practices tapping out new tunes.
Country Critters Play Cube is one of the most colorful toys, in which colors are able to captivate children to inspire them important hours of learning. Mazes, shapes, levers, and lots of flying, swimming, and croaking creatures, it’ll stand up to years of fun. Part of its alluring power is due to colors!
One, two, three, counting is great fun! But it could get bored. You can introduce your children to numbers with Chunky Number Math Puzzle. Remember, learning number will be easier if associated with colors! Moreover, this colorful puzzle includes mathematical symbols for more advanced learners.
So, children need to play with colors, in particular with the brighter ones, that are able to empower their learning potential and…playtime entertainment!
MAGIC TOUCH XYLOPHONE™ WOODEN MUSICAL TOY
Baby’s tiniest touch of a bright colored key will kick off a one-of-a-kind symphony with the Magic Touch Xylophone. Made of wood, this twist on a classic toy plays real music using the same innovative Magic Touch technology found on the award winning Baby Einstein™ Magic Touch Piano. Two modes of play encourage development of fine motor skills as baby practices tapping out new tunes. In Instructor mode, she’ll discover new songs as she follows colored lights that show the next note in the song to tap. Or she’ll focus on moving to her own groove in Freestyle mode. With a push of the blue button, this toddler toy gives baby the power to be the star of her own show. The 30+ melodies and sounds means she’ll spend hours identifying new rhythms and patterns. This instrument isn’t just made for music; it’s a powerful developmental toy! Volume control can help you turn things down when your little one plays long after the encore.
Mini Band Set
Start making your own music with this beginner’s instrument set! Learn to play the ukulele, tambourine, clapper, rattle and rainmaker yourself – then bring your friends together and start a band.
Turn the wall of your bath into ocean surf with this clever suction cup set. Running water makes the sea animals dance and spin!
Fun Fan Fryer
Learn to cook with this realistic stove with frying pan. Works with an inbuilt fan which makes the food turn in the pan like it's bubbling, sizzling or frying. No heat! Includes six recipes on three felt discs, one metal spatula and a set of salt and pepper shakers which click when the tops are turned.
Battery Powered Engine #1
This little engine chugs along with a lamp lighting the way. A touch of a button puts this little engine in reverse!
Pepe Pull Along
Sit. Stand. Roll. Teach this silly dog some tricks. Clever design allows this cute puppy to be placed in a number of fun positions. Help your child balance the dog in different positions. Talk about the different positions and help them understand why. Toddlers will enjoy taking this friendly puppy for walks.