Posted by: Mel | 2013-01-14


I have a four year grandchild who uses all different colours to colour with. Eg: when colouring in a ball she uses all the colours she can find to colour the ball in. She has been doing this since she has started colouring in (+-2yrs). If she has a very busy picture she still continues to use a multitude of colours for each item. What does this indicate/mean??

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I actually don't think this is likely to have any particular meaning at all. ( Have you asked the child ? ) If she insists on using all colours when its supposed to be a picture of a red ball, one might wonder if she understands the assignment. If she uses colours apparently randomly, or in odd combinations, its possible she could be colour blind ( there's more than one type of this ) and might be seeing the colours of the crayons and the world, differently from how you see them. Maybe she just likes all the pretty colours and doesn't want to leave any of them out !
Try chating to her about this. Maybe talk about a book of hers with coloured pictures, and talk about what colour are the leaves on that tree ? What colour is that cat ? and see if she seems to recognize specific colours and has a vocabulary for them. talk about the colours of her crayons - can she recognize them as different ? Can she name them individually ? Can she group together the different shades of red, or of green or blue ?

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