- 28January 2020
Children soak in the world around them through their eyes. One of the first aspects that their eyes take in, from an early age is bright colours for the simple reason that their eyes are not fully developed yet at that stage. But bright colours are easier for them to see at that stage.
As they grow up and gauge the environment around them, they sort out and categorise things or objects through bright colours in their field of vision. Colours are also some of the early words that children tend to learn and base their preferences upon.
Medical studies have proven that colours appeal to children as they are easier to see and visualise. That is why it’s said that colours play a huge role in psychological development.
COLOURS THAT AFFECT CHILD’S PSYCHOLOGY
There are many bright colours around, but there are some with a specific wavelength that affects a child’s body and brain in different ways, from feelings to attention and behaviour.
GREEN: Psychologically, green not only symbolises peace, and calm, but also represents health with a calming effect on the nervous system. Children’s eye lens focuses green on the retina, as it has the most natural, relaxing, and calming effect on them with the perfect balance. That is why green is used a lot in nurseries and children’s rooms as it calms them and facilitate a comfortable transition to sleep.
ORANGE: Softer and simpler when compared to red, orange represents happiness and joy. It overcomes children’s tiredness while helping them radiate warmth. It also helps in increasing children’s appetite, wake them early in the morning, and boost their energy level when their saturation is low. That is why psychologists recommend it as a colour for use in rooms of introverted children who have problems with socialising.
PURPLE: Purple not only symbolises elegance and wealth but also stimulates a part of the brain related to creativity. It has a calming effect on children and is recommended for usage in children’s rooms to encourage creative activities and in elevating academic skills. Furthermore, purple contributes to spiritual and physical activity growth of children who are hyperactive and highly animated.
PINK: Pink colour is relaxing and warm with a strong psychological and soothing effect. Though not exactly suitable for children who are shy and introverted, it is immensely suitable for children who are psychologically disturbed, and over-active and energetic. For such children, pink brings peace and warmth. However, too much pink is best avoided for they can be tiring and oppressive.
BLUE: Blue evokes feelings of contentment and comfort due to it being the colour of the sky and ocean. Psychologists recommend blue colour in children’s rooms, especially in nurseries for it helps a baby to easily transit to sleep. It is also ideal for inducing a calming effect on overactive and enthusiastic children.
YELLOW: Known as the colour of joy, yellow radiates warmth, fun, and inspiration. Being a lighter bright colour, it has a refreshing effect which makes it ideal to induce calmer and more peaceful environments for children. It also has a positive effect on children’s memory, motivation, and attention. However, overuse of yellow colour fuels anger and tenseness, causing babies to cry more.
Apart from the above, red is also a positive bright colour as it’s a strong stimulus; and brown which calms children’s high spirits and helps them to stay down-to-earth in their academic field.
Like all humans, children too are psychological and physiological intellectual beings. Children use colours to not only express their emotions and thoughts but also use them to guide their senses for facilitating communication with the environment around them. Medical research studies have conclusively proven this finding and also highlighted the critical importance of colour in the development of their cognitive and motor skills.
ALPAKS, a leading Hyderabad-based kid’s toy brand and children toymaker is known for its many colourful toys. Since its inception, ALPAKS has developed hundreds of interactive toys in varied bright colours for children – from clay to educational toys to innovative furniture and more.
Every ALPAKS toy has been successful in energising kid’s innovative minds and fuel their curiosity to experiment still better while also inculcating in them, the importance of environment and the need for developing healthy environmental-friendly habits.