Why is Colour So Important in Early Development?


For babies and children, understanding colour is an essential building block for all aspects of learning. 


Research shows that exposing a baby to different shades of colours can stimulate their mind and can help them make important colour connections during their early years. 


Colour is not only exciting for a child, but it also helps with their learning.


Learning colours allows them to recognise significant visual cues such as danger and stop (Red), the meaning behind traffic lights, and help them distinguish hot from cold.


Being able to recognise colours also helps with educational skills too such as creative writing. For example, when they are exercising their imagination when creating a story, colour is an important part of descriptive techniques! 


Understanding colour strengthens their ability to communicate effectively.



Colour Recognition Activities to Try

Colour recognition takes place by three to four years, and children should be able to name basic colours through frequent exposure. Here’s some colour recognition games and activities we think would be useful to engage your toddler. 


Looking for Books About Colours? 

Here’s a list of 12 to read with your child:

  1. Mix It Up by Hurve Tullet (Inspired by this book, GiftofCuriosity.com shares a colour mixing activity on her blog.) 

  2. Dog’s Colorful Day: A Messy Story about Colors and Counting by Emma Dodd

  3. White Rabbit’s Color Book by Alan Barker

  4. Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh

  5. A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni

  6. Monsters Love Colors by Mike Austin

  7. Color Dance by Anna Jonas

  8. A Day with No Crayons by Elizabeth Rusch

  9. Cat’s Colors by Jane Cabrera

  10. How Do Dinosaurs Learn Their Colors by Jane Yolen

  11. Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni

  12. Color by Ruth Heller


Do you have any favourite books about colours that are not on the list? We'll love to hear from you! Let us know on Facebook or Instagram


Colouring Tools to Buy

A must-have in every playroom, crayons, colour pencils, fibre pens are great for developing creativity. 



Odourless, Durable, and Perfect for Little Hands!

YPlus' Peanut Crayons meet Chinese, European and American safety standards, and their innovative peanut shape allows for a good grip for our children to explore the wonderful world of colour!


Have fun with colour!

-Y Plus SG