When a child is a toddler, his/her favorite colour is inevitably, the colour red. ‘I want a red ball, red shoes, red car’ etc. And then comes the awareness of other colours from primary to secondary and then to mix and match and sometimes children conjure up their own colours. Colours are something that we take for granted in the environment but if used well can help you get the best out of your child and even your husband!
Colours have an impact on our moods and emotions; this is a known fact of colour therapy. Children bring colour to our life, so let’s add more colour to their life.
Did you know that colours impact your health? Well here are a few interesting facts about colours:
- Red is a warming and stimulating colour and excessive amounts can lead to anger, irritability or hyperactivity, naturally because it is a stimulating colour.
- Orange is an anti-depressant colour, which means it can make you joyous; no wonder some communities tie colourful orange flowers on their doors!
- Yellow is calming, promotes well being and happiness and for children it is a happy colour- happy sun, happy sunflowers…..
- Green is again calming and relaxing and imparts a feeling of energy. Try walking on green grass or going to a green garden, you automatically feel calm, relaxed and rejuvenated.
Blue is a soothing colour and it induces calm and restful sleep without nightmares!
And brain research says that colours that enhance brain function are:
yellow, beige and off white increase optimal learning
red, orange and yellow spark energy and creativity.
Now let’s enhance children’s lives both at home and school with these facts….
In our everyday shopping we generally don’t give that much importance or thought to colours, we first give preference to the price, the size and then select from the given colours the colour we like. But we may end up with a ‘tattered rainbow’ for our child. Think about it, a bright yellow in your child’s bedroom, red pyjamas, and orange bed sheets! So you have a child who is bright and ready to learn with the yellow, hyperactive with the red and ready for something creative with the orange colour, and then you wonder, ‘my kid is active at bedtime, how do I make him/her sleep?’. Simple! With light green bed sheets, light blue pyjamas etc..
Now that you know that colours make an impact, then use your colour sense when buying anything for your child and also try to ensure that there is a combination of colours otherwise surely it would be quire boring to have a yellow snack box, a yellow water bottle, a yellow bag, and a yellow pencil. Yes, we understand that your child may insist on one colour, but there can be different and designs on those colours? They need not be a solid yellow, right?
There are other ways that you can use your newly learnt colour knowledge, how about your child’s food plate? If you are using plastic or melamine then try out colours that make the plate attractive to your child, instead of the boring white. Also the food that you serve the child should be in different colours. Do not add food colours but do add a variety of colours on the plate makes to make your child want to eat and even the pickiest of eater may start nibbling, so try serving at least 3 colours in every meal- so have something red (ketchup, cherries, tomatoes) have something green (cabbage, cucumber, lettuce, broccoli) and something yellow (dal, sabzi, corn). Then of course there is purple, white and orange to experiment and add. Play a game with your child and ask him/her to choose a menu for the next meal which will have red, yellow and white. So you have given him/her the power to choose but within the colours you want.
Children are picky in all hygiene habits, be it brushing one’s teeth or having a bath. Introduce the colour genie to help you! Buy a soap and toothbrush of his/her favourite colour, stick colourfull stickers on the handle of the toothbrush and see how your child is attracted to the toothbrush. For very picky kids, change the toothbrush colour every two days and let your child guess which colour toothbrush his mummy or daddy has kept for him/her today. (Buy 4 toothbrushes and exchange them every two days.) White soaps are boring, where soaps are concerned kids are attracted to translucent colours, colours that make them feel as if they can see through the soap.
Some colours to consciously avoid in a child’s life:
The red on a child’s cheeks after he/she has been scolded or slapped. Never ever, let this color show up on your child.
The brown frown on a child’s face when you ignore him/her.
The grey of boredom when doing boring drill work.
The black mood that stems from jealousy, sibling rivalry, unfulfilled expectations and being rejected and ridiculed by adults.
The white lack lustre mood of a child addicted to video games and television.
Colours are not only in clothes and furniture, they are in our lives in every aspect of it and the more natural colours that we will bring in our child’s life the more vibrant and colourful will we make his/her future. So begin colouring your child’s life today.