My 2 .5 year old kid is not able to identify colours correctly

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shruti76 2009-07-22 14:29:04


Hi Friends,

My son who is 2.5 years old is not able to remember the colours even after telling it so many times...i have tried to teach him colour recognition through playing various games but he fails to remember them correctly..

is he too young for this or is there any other way i can follow....plz advise..



geethsrk 2009-07-22 15:55:34



Dont worry too much. He is ofcourse young. And they will learn easily when they go to playschool or school.

My sister's son recognised colours only at 4 yrs when his LKG teacher taught him. My son picked it up at 2.6 yrs at his play school. It varies with each kid.




 Former member 2009-07-22 16:47:02



is that he does not recognise colours or say them wrongly some times.

Dont push him and try with only few basic colours.





aanchal 2009-07-22 19:02:35


some kids at this age can remember colors..but that doesnt mean that all of them can..he is too young to get u worried..wait for another year..and yes, try only with the 3 primary colors: red, blue and yellow..gradually, move to other colors. u can help him make secondary colors by mixing primary colors..that will speed up learning.


shruti76 2009-07-23 10:22:16


Thanks Aanchal

right now m trying out with 3 colours only but its just that he gets confused....may be with time he will learn:)


shruti76 2009-07-23 10:23:49


Thanx atul ..yeah  m trying with basic colours only and he sounds confused


shruti76 2009-07-23 10:31:49


thanx geethsrk   for sharing ur xperience...well he has started going to school since past 2 months...the only thing worried me was that my daughter at hs age was easily able to recognise most of the colours......but now i feel i should give him some more time....


mango_mama 2009-07-23 10:50:31



Both my kids loved this toy. Chicco Castle Pounder and learnt their colours easiy--thanks to this one. Someone had given this to my daughter on her second birthday. It was bought in the U.S.

It seems it is no longer available there now. The price you see on the weblink is very high because it is a collectible now. But am sure you can get something along these lines in India.

Basically, the castle has 4 different colour towers and there are matching balls that you shove in the towers and they come tumbling out of the castle door.

Also, it helps if you in talking casually, say things like "aha, let us play with your red ball..." They all have their quirks and that is the fun of it that we parents have to deal with. :-)

Good luck!!!!



rithu 2009-07-25 15:10:10



my son is 2 and can identify the basic colours. its true that not all children are the same. so worry apart. introduce just one colour at a time. say one day u can have, start with red, chidren can identify red easily, RED DAY when u wear red dress, the kid wears red dress, use colour pencil and write only with red, draw red car, show red car on the road. try this for a week dont ever evn mention any other colour. this way they will be able to learn different colours soon. once they pick up 1 colour it will be easy to teach rest. first might take a week, rest wont take so long. try this and keep telling colours and one day u will surprised that hes saying everything right.


madhuriesingh 2009-07-28 21:45:19


Hi ,

Sometimes kids know the colour too well, but just wont speak up !

When you ask them like a question , such kids will either keep quiet or they will walk off ! They can intentionally give you wrong answers too.

Also the traditional way of teaching and asking information is boring.

I have similar problem when it comes to alphabets with my 4.5 yr old.  So i went and bought wooden board with cut outs of colourful alphabets and numbers from Lifestyle.

I started out by asking him to pick up all red coloured alphabets , that I had dropped off the bed. He picked them all , just the colour asked. Next I asked him to pick only blue and so on...

Now I teach alphabets with same trick. I say a letter and he picks it out of the box of numbers, small and capital letters, and fixes it on the exact place that letter is suppose to go :)

BUT , dear, your kid is too young to even worry. Some kids absorb everything , but wont reflect it. Until, one fine day , they just blurt out everything.


Madhurie Singh


geethsrk 2009-08-03 15:36:39


Hi shruti

Kids learn at their own pace. Dont worry too much. As rithu has mentioned you can do the colour a day technique. Thats how his school taught him and he picked up. Girls are usually quicker than boys. I have seen it at my son's school. The girl kids do everything perfectly whereas my son would be a bit slow comparitively. And dont compare kids. Thats the worse thing we can do to them.

As madhurie mentioned the kids absorb but would not tell us. My son seemed to have learnt all the rhymes taught at school but all the while I was under the impression that he didnt know any of them. One fine day he sang all the rhymes and i was a bit stunned. Did the same with alphabets too. Check out if you want to teach him alphabets. Mine picked up both caps and small on his own.

Good luck.




shruti76 2009-08-03 21:06:03


Thanks geethsrk for the info:)



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