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Learning Tip: A Colourful Learning Experience

Did you know babies need to see shapes, colours 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 colours like reds and yellows? Single colour 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 playacting 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 colour you discover when you read a book or play with a toy. Children attach strong emotions to colours. Your child will most likely start developing a preference for a "favourite" colour.
  • 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.