Why can’t our toddler name colors?
By Dr. Bettye M. Caldwell
Anon.
Absolutely not. For reasons that are not fully understood, learning to identify colors by name appears to be more difficult for very young children than learning to recite numbers and letters.

Think about it for a minute. If you teach her to “count” to 11 (or however far she can go) or the letters of the alphabet, she merely has to remember and repeat what she heard you say. But if you hold up a red ball and ask, “What color is this?” she has to run her mind through a far more complex task. First, she has to make a judgment about the color (blue? red? green?). Then she has to remember the name of that particular color.

So don’t worry one bit. She will learn to recognize and correctly label different colors during the next year. It sounds as though she is a very bright little girl who will keep you on your toes. Be sure that the time you spend with her includes plenty of affectionate care without too much formal teaching of numbers and letters. Read to her every day and help her acquire a love of books and sounds. Comment on the colors in the books you read, in her dresses, in foods and in furniture about the house. In no time she’ll be correctly identifying them.