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A Rainbow of Colors! It Can Be a Challenge to Learn Colors, But Never Fear, It'll Click }

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A Rainbow of Colors! It Can Be a Challenge to Learn Colors, But Never Fear, It'll Click

While some children seem to be able to identify colors at an early age, for many others it takes much longer. Before you worry that your child may be colorblind, consider this: even though we're surrounded by color, there are so many shades that are known as the same color. This means that it takes time to learn that a very dark blue and a very light blue are both known as blue. Also, think about the shades of color that make red progress into orange - at some point, it can be hard to draw a line between one color and another. And, interestingly enough, the naming of colors isn't universal around the world, suggesting that colors can be perceived in many different ways. For example, in northern Namibia, the word "zoozu" is used to describe the range of colors we think of as black, green, blue, and purple. All this is to say that it's perfectly normal if it takes your child a while to name his colors. In any case, as he approaches his fifth birthday, he should be capable of identifying the colors of more and more things.

Has your child achieved the following Art Foundations developmental milestones yet? If yes, check off all of the skill(s) he has already mastered to date

Sources: This development milestone tracker is not a learning disability screening tool or test. If you have any questions related to your child's development and learning abilities, please speak to your pediatrician and care providers for guidance and resources.