How to Teach Colors to Babies

Learn colors with electric cars.

How to Teach Colors to Babies

Vision is one of the slowest human senses to develop and mature. Although the basic visual cortex of a fetus can receive signals when you are 7 months pregnant, the nerve cells of the visual inside of the baby are still immature even a few months after its birth. The world is mostly blurry for babies. Teaching babies to identify colors is important, but first, you need to know at what age babies start to identify colors.

Babies will show head-eye coordination in a month after birth, complete the process by the age of 3 months, and realize hand-eye coordination around 6 months. The visual depth will appear around 9 months. Babies can discern some simple shapes at 2 years old, and can identify red, yellow, blue and other colors at 2 and a half years old. When they are 3 years old, they can speak out the color names, and can tell colors at 5 years old.

In a word, with the development and maturity of the visual system, babies will have a strong sense of colors around 4 months and show an interest in bright colors and strong black-and-white contrast. They begin to enjoy the beautiful world by recognizing and perceiving colors. At this time, letting your babies feel colors and raise their keen sense of colors will have a great benefit to their intellectual development and the cultivation of painting interest. So, mom and dad should catch the earliest period with a good way to help babies identify colors. However, baby’s understanding of color is not sudden but should be completed through continuous training and growing. As babies grow older, they can tell more colors and can correctly identify common colors until 5 years old.

There is a scientific development rule for teaching babies to identify colors

Red – black – white – green – yellow – blue – purple – gray – brown.

It will be more efficient to learn colors by this order. You can’t teach all these colors to your baby at once without any useful methods. For example, we can teach her/him to identify yellow in the first week and point out all objects showing yellow to her/him in daily life. Next week, we can do the same process but with blue. By this way, babies will soon know all colors and not be easy to forget. Some babies can recognize a variety of colors even earlier.

Although your baby’s color vision is close to an adult’s at 4 months old, it is suitable to let your baby learn colors at about one and a half years old. Color learning is much more difficult than image learning such as bananas and apples, because the process of color learning is more abstract, more difficult to remember and easier to be confused. Therefore, the main task of parents is to create a more colorful world for babies under 1 year old, letting them fall in love with colors.

But many parents have such confusion: babies can not distinguish colors, are they color-blind? For some babies, they may have different developmental orders for knowing colors. There is a simple way to know: cut two pieces of paper (one red and the other green) of the same size, shape and pattern, and ask your baby if they are the same color. If the baby is over 3 years old and has a normal cognitive level but still can not tell the difference, it is necessary to ask for professional help; if they tell the difference, but only can’t tell the color names, they’re not color-blind.

There are various kinds of colors. As babies get to know the world, they will be very curious about colors. Parents need to teach a variety of colors to babies during that period. After knowing colors, babies will learn to appreciate beauty. Next, let’s learn the relevant knowledge about how babies identify colors.

How to teach babies to identify various colors?

There are ways to teach your baby to know all kinds of colors, so how to use them in your life?

There are lots of colorful and very beautiful toys designed to develop baby’s intelligence especially. Use them if you have already bought them for your baby. If you haven’t, you can make some color cards to help your baby learn colors by yourself, which is a loving process and can increase the interaction between you (parents) and your baby.

The baby room is the place where babies spend the most time. They have been playing in their little world from birth to growth, so the colorful decoration of their room can attract their attention. They may have a certain impression on these colors and may point to the wall color and babble to their parents by curiosity. At that time, parents can tell them what color it is.

There are some tips to teach your baby to know colors, so how to use them?

First of all, we should be good at using “teaching tools”. Baby learning is a process from concrete to semi-concrete to abstract. Colors are abstract to them. Therefore, clothes, food, toys and other daily items are the best teaching tools for parents. When guiding the baby to learn color names, parents can tell her/him the color names first and point to the clothes and say, “You are really beautiful in red!” After taking off the clothes, you can ask the baby to find the red clothes, and then ask her/him the color name.

Sometimes, we should not force babies to do something they are not willing to do. It is wrong to inculcate the idea of obedience from a young age. We should let them choose by themselves. When they pick up a toy and ask you, you can tell them what color it is, instead of training them on color recognition every day, which may leave them a bad impression and let them hate the color.

Learn colors with electric cars.

Color learning can be done by identifying the color of the electric car

Color learning can be done by identifying the color of the electric car.

Parents can teach colors to kids via the Tobbi website. You can teach the baby to learn red cars at first, later the cars in black and white, then the remaining color types, and finally the color-mixture types. Come and use Tobbi’s cars with free animal cards! The combination of cars, animals and nature makes color learning more interesting!

Parents can also prepare white paper and crayons, and courage babies to draw and color the car they learned before. If the color he/she chooses is unusual, it’s fine as long as the baby can tell the reasons. Color learning is not just about knowing the color, but more important is to let the baby get different visual feelings and grow the beauty of colors in line with visual habits.

Even if the baby can’t remember the color of the car clearly, he/she can also complete the game independently, helping know the new toys while knowing the colors.


When babies learn to identify colors, first of all, it should let babies experience as many colors as possible. Secondly, use the color of daily objects to make the baby do color matching (same, one-to-one correspondence). Thirdly, let the baby match the color name with the color. And finally, make the baby truly know various colors.