A colourful learning experience

Explore colours with your baby through play. 

You'll Need

  • Baby books or toys

Time

10 minutes

Create a colourful learning experience for you baby based on how babies learn:

  • Did you know babies need to see shapes, colours and objects at varying distances? All these images help form the brain's ability to recognise and organise 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 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 they 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 favorite 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, they are thinking in complex ways just by listening.