Our Dabble Finger Paints and Chunkies (crayons for 1 year olds) are available in 3 primary colours, red, blue and yellow. A lot of times parents ask us why only 3 colours ?? Why not more ?

For those who may not know the primary colors are red, yellow, and blue. There are many different colors for you to choose from when creating art, but the primary colors the ones that matter the most.
They might be the most basic of colors, but they are the colors that are used to create all other colors.


  • Children take in the world around them through their eyes, and bright, primary colors are one of the first aspects of sight that help them distinguish form and categorize objects.
  • These colors appeal to young children, as they are easier for them to see. At about 5-months old, children can see colors with their still-developing vision, though distinguishing bright colors comes easier to them.
  • As children age, they continue to be drawn to brighter colors. Bright colours stimulate the brain.
  • Color has also been known to affect their moods and behavior.
  • Children tend to be attracted to the bright block colors of the color wheel rather than pastels or muted blends. Primary colors red, yellow and blue, and secondary colors green, orange and purple, are more appealing than light shades of pink and beige or neutral shades of gray and brown.
  • Children prefer brighter colors from an early age because their eyes are not fully developed yet. They perceive these colors better than fainter shades.
  • Bright ,primary colors and contrasting colors stand out more in their field of vision. As children constantly strive to make sense of their environments, objects that are stark and bright are more stimulating and interesting.
  • One of the first ways they learn to sort things by is color. Colors are some of the earlier words they tend to learn, which is why the easily named, more basic colors appeal to children.


  • Red, Blue and Yellow are primary colours from which most other colours are created.
  • When a toddler is given a primary colour they are able to identify them with ease and also experience them on paper.
  • In the process of exploration, when 2 colours merge eg. blue and yellow, they naturally learn to create the third colour, in this case green.
  • So unconsciously their cognitive skills are being developed in a fun way by experiencing the science of colours.


  • Dabble believes in the philosophy of “less is more”.
  • It’s mostly only adults who want more options, more colours. Children are often happy even with less.
  • Having less colours helps them learn about creating new colours.