She draws nearly always with a black crayon or pen or uses very dark colours. When she has to pick a pipe for drinking, it is the same - the pipe is always black or dark, though we have nearly a rainbow of colours to choose from. When bathing, she nearly always plays with a black duck. Actually, I have the feeling, that the only reason, why she isn't always wearing black dresses, is because we haven't bought her any in this colour yet.

Is this something, that I should look for or should I rather take it as a short time behaviour, that is going to pass sooner or later?

  • Do you mean to ask if you should be worried about whether or not your daughter has a visual impairment?
    – user11394
    Commented Dec 21, 2014 at 3:47
  • No. I mean to ask, if this is something normal, that she paints everything in black or uses mostly black toys.
    – trejder
    Commented Dec 21, 2014 at 19:58

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Does she know her colors yet? I would be very surprised if she could. I also would be very surprised if she cared.

Parents tend to worry about children's color preferences. Boys who like pink. Girls who like black. Heaven help the mother of a child who insists on only wearing white - unless dad does the laundry. Then, heaven help him

Colors are a much bigger deal for parents than kids. The odds aren't that your daughter is colorblind. The odds are very far from the chance that your daughter will be a goth. Let the sweet little child play without any cares on your part.

She may just find the high contrast between black and white attractive (I assume she's coloring on white paper? If you gave her black paper, she might pick up a white pastel to draw on it. Who knows?

If you're worried, she should have a doctor visit coming up. Mention it to the doctor. He might have her tested for her vision. They test for color blindness later.

Meanwhile, it's cool that she has such well developed preferences. Celebrate her individuality! Black backgrounds are wonderful for pops of color at a party.

Why Johnny Can't Name His Colors
How to teach your child colors

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    Thanks for a great answer. "Heaven help the mother..." part just made my day! :>
    – trejder
    Commented Dec 21, 2014 at 20:00
  • +1 for the high contrast suggestion. I prefer bold, dark colors over pastels myself :)
    – Acire
    Commented Dec 22, 2014 at 19:33
  • "Does she know her colors yet? I would be very surprised if she could" Is it uncommon for a 2 and half year old to know their colours?
    – Tom Bowen
    Commented May 14, 2018 at 15:52
  • @Tom.Bowen89 - Yes. See the first link. :) Commented May 14, 2018 at 16:14
  • @anongoodnurse that's crazy to me. Our two year old has been great at colours for a while now. Can even distinguish pink and red...etc. I assumed this was normal.
    – Tom Bowen
    Commented May 14, 2018 at 16:38

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