Celebrating Little Ones: Colours That Help Children Thrive

a positive environment for children to learn through colours

The father shuts down his laptop for the day. Then, he looks over his shoulder and sees his son scratching his head, trying to solve a maths equation. He scoots over and guides his son through the homework. The mother, on the other hand, has just finished preparing her famous roast chicken and mashed potatoes for dinner, her children’s favourite. She walks upstairs to invite her husband and son to eat. Having done so, she heads to the nursery next. She kisses her daughter on the cheek, to wake her from her peace and quiet.

Not all parents go through the same routine. But the general idea remains the same. There’s only so much a parent can do. Getting an outside help now and then can work wonders. In conjunction with World Children’s Day, AkzoNobel, the leading decorative paints and coatings company and maker of Dulux paint would like to share with you some insightful tips on colours.

Colouring Their Lives

Do you know that colours have emotional and mental effects on children in all aspects of life? According to a study by the University of Sussex, colour can also affect children in a learning environment. For colours and emotions are closely linked. When it comes to designing spaces for children, colours are one of the essential elements to consider. Colours we choose can improve not only the aesthetic of the room but also our children’s learning ability, behaviour as well as productivity. That said, let us take you through three primary colours that will help create a positive environment for your child’s learning experience.

A Spectrum of Yellow, Orange and Blue

The first colour on our list is yellow. Based on the study, yellow helps create a positive environment when reading, enhances the ability to focus and assists in numeracy related tasks. This happens because the colour helps grab the attention of children which in turn affects the memory and increases the ability to retain information. The colour itself is one of the most joyful hues on the colour scale as it represents wisdom, kindness, joy, fun and inspiration. When combined with different colours such as green and blue, it inspires a peaceful ambience that enhances a child’s learning experience.

The second colour is orange. This colour is an exciting and energetic colour, which is why it does not surprise us to find that 61% of females and 39% of males chose orange as a stimulating colour in a recent colour survey done by AkzoNobel in Southeast Asia. Additionally, based on the study by the University of Sussex, orange is a colour that enhances a child’s creativity as it encourages critical thinking by increasing the oxygen supply to the brain. Also, an orange environment is suitable for a child to develop their fine motor skills, whether it is playing with lego, colouring or even drawing. Perhaps an orange playroom might be the creative haven your kid needs to elevate that desire to learn.

Last but not least is the colour blue, which was the colour preferred by the children from the study done by the University of Sussex. The colour is also a symbol of the sky and ocean and can be comfortably used due to its calming effect. Psychologically, the colour is comforting as it reduces body temperature, blood pressure and pulse rate while evoking feelings of comfort and contentment. This is why the colour is suitable to be used in environments such as the classroom or playroom, allowing them to focus and feel less anxious when learning. 

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