Kids And Their Relationship To Color

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Color is a big part of childhood. For children, color represents newfound personality traits, the ability to differentiate, and the ability to distinguish themselves as individuals. Colors depict teams, games, clothing choices, and artwork themes. 

Why do children like only certain colors? Psychological studies suggest that a child may gravitate towards a particular color because their favorite action hero or doll has a cape or dress in that shade. Also, over a period of time, the color preferences of kids continue to change as their personality develops.

One notices a lot of variation as far as kids’ favorite colors are concerned. Society might have a significant amount of influence on the color preferences among kids. For instance, for decades it was a custom to dress up girls in pink and boys in blue. Why? This is all thanks to color symbolism. Yet, things have changed in more recent years. We are no longer bound by old stereotypes of color. Little boys and girls are seen wearing an array of colors without any gender bias.

Typically, young kids love bright hues. They present a stark contrast to the generally neutral shades worn by the adults around them. Some of the most popular colors of kids include pink, red and blue. Another beloved color, especially among girls, is purple. Studies indicate that that the way in which a child in the age group of 3 to 5 years perceives color points towards his or her developmental stage.

It is said that warm colors exude comfort and happiness and are loved by younger kids. These colors lend a sense of security and coziness to them. Examples of such colors include red, yellow, and orange. These shades have a stimulating and energizing effect and are highly beneficial for the development and growth of children. At night time, kids are dressed up in calmer hues of whites and blues so that they feel a sense of peace and quiet to help them sleep. On the flip side, some kids may prefer cool colors during the day and warm colors at night. 

It can be very interesting to observe the way kids develop relationships to colors and how these relationships assist in their development. Color may seem like a fun detail added to our lives, but it can truly play a big role in the future of our children.  Paying close attention to your child’s favorite color could reveal a lot about them.