Did you know babies need to see shapes, colors and objects at varying distances? All these images help form the brain's ability to recognize and organize visual information. Did you know babies prefer primary colors like reds and yellows? Single color objects (e.g., a red ball, a blue plush toy) will stimulate and engage younger infants. Did you know that babies are born with the ability to learn language? Make-believe and play-acting actually help develop these important language skills. That's because playing pretend involves active, two-way talking. The more talking, singing and reading that a baby hears the more words she will understand and eventually use. When you and your baby play out the story, you are helping develop creativity and language skills. Try this: Call out each new color you discover when you read a book or play with a toy. Children attach strong emotions to colors. Your child will most likely start developing a preference for a favorite color. When you encounter pictures of animals, ask your baby, Who's this? or What does a lion say? Even if your baby is too young to respond, he is thinking in complex ways just by listening.