Kids colourings: what do they tell us

There are loads you can tell by observing a kids drawing or painting when it comes to colors psychology and what those colors show about children’s mood, their behaviour or their emotional development.

<<Researchers at the University of California determined that young children chose bright colors to represent positive feelings and dark colors for negative feelings. They were even able to identify how specific colors made the children feel: red is for mad, blue is for sad, yellow is for happy, and green is for glad>>.

In any case, <<Children’s drawings and colorings are a good way to learn more our children. Through their drawings we can discover their feelings, how they relate to the environment and some characteristics of their personality. While agreeing that the interpretation of children’s drawings must be made by an expert, parents can also draw some conclusions>>.

What does each color in children’s drawings

Here is a short list with the “meaning” of each color:

Orange: If this orange predominates in the drawings of your child it is because this is a sociable and active child who need contact with people and moving quickly and impulsivity.

Blue: Blue is the color of calm, of peace and balance. The shy and introverted children use this color as dominant in his drawings, but also indicates that this is a sensitive and thoughtful child.

Green: Just as the blue, green speaks of a quiet and very sensitive child.

Pink: Pink is not exclusive to girls. Boys and girls alike use this color more than others when it comes to children dreamers who like to live in imagined worlds. It may indicate the need to escape reality or be a sign of creativity.

Yellow: This color can be very striking speaks of a sociable, cheerful and lively child. However, if the use of the color yellow is excessive, the picture may be telling us about tensions in their environment or emotional conflicts.

Red: It is a very common color in children’s drawings in its intensity. It used sparingly, tells of a child with a high-energy and very passionate. But if used too much can indicate some imbalance, hostility and aggression.

Brown: The brown color is the color that most children use reasonable and prudent. If used in excess must be aware that the child is not lost childhood overwhelmed by not age appropriate responsibilities.

Violet: This color, which symbolizes spirituality, may indicate that this is a child dominated by melancholy. Used as the predominant color in a drawing, speaks of the vital dissatisfaction child, something we should stop soon.


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