When we visited my parents for Easter, my mom asked me to create felt flowers for her to use with the preschoolers. (She retired from teaching preschool years ago, but still spends quite a bit of time teaching preschoolers for someone who is retired.) She wanted six felt flowers in different colors to accompany a flannel board poem.
I dug through Mom's scraps of felt and cut out a purple flower. I added a yellow center and two green leaves. When the flowers were done, I brought the purple one into the kitchen to show Mom. She approved...
... until she followed me back to the dining room table where I was crafting and saw the rest of the flowers.
Mom: Those are nice, but preschoolers hate white.
Me: What do you mean?
Mom: White. Preschoolers hate it. You need to choose colorful colors.
Me: All preschoolers hate white? Are you sure?
Mom: Yes. They hate it.
Me: (calling my 5-year old niece, who is playing in the other room) Allison!
Me: (holding up a flower) What do you think of this pretty white flower?
Allison: Yuck! I hate white!
Me: You hate white? What is wrong with white?
Allison: It's plain, like white paper. Yuck!
Me: So what colors do preschoolers like?
Allison: I like pink and purple.
Me: Yes, but what about other preschoolers? Some of them must like blue, yellow, orange, white...
Allison: NOT white!
Mom: Told you!
I'm sure somewhere out there is a preschooler who likes white, but allegedly (s)he is in the minority. I had no idea. I like white. I wonder if I hated it when I was in preschool. I don't remember Trevor having a strong opinion about white. He always chose blue, with green as his second choice if blue wasn't possible.
Preschool teachers or parents/grandparents/etc. - have you found that preschoolers hate white? Or are Allison and my mom's 40 years' worth of preschool students atypical? Let me know in the comments!