Different colours have noticeable effects on children, For example blue can cause the body to relax and to calm down lowering blood pressure and pulse rate, so is a good colour to help the brain to relax (ideal for hyperactive children or to aid rest). Conversely red is used to increase adrenaline and energy levels and raises blood pressure and pulse rate, which can be useful to know when presenting any physical activities such as sports. Orange is an emotional stimulant, whereas yellow is a mental tonic and good for improving listening and attention skills. Colours children wear, visualise and eat as well as colour decor and colour aroma all play a part. Research into the use of coloured filters to help with dyslexic children was found to help them keep work on the page. Additionally assisting with headaches, sore eyes, blurred print and fatigue.
Children who suffer from tantrums, hyperactivity, sleepless nights, tummy ache’s (usually caused by anxiety ) or night fears have proven to benefit from using their kaleidoscopes at night before they go to sleep to calm down. It has been noted that their breathing becomes easier and more regular. They may let out a sigh or two as they become more relaxed & their whole emotional body returns to a calm and balanced state. What’s your child’s mood? Is he or she happy, excited, sad, frightened or angry? Psychotherapists teach children to distinguish feelings using colour. They get to draw on a piece of paper what they are feeling using colours, then they discuss them in a positive way.
This technique is known as ‘Colour in your imagination’. The best results are achieved with children above six, who know the names of colours and understand their own feelings. For example if he or she is sometimes happy, sometimes sad, then he or she may use different colours to help connected with different moods. This technique is also used when working with colour therapy for children to help children become more self-aware by helping them to get in touch with what they are feeling both good and bad. The use of colour and specifically the work done with kaleidoscope’s is to understand what colours are and how you can use them to empower and gain a greater sense of self-affirmation and self-worth.