|Babies||Walkers to 2||2s to 3s||3s to 4s|
Overview and benefit
Unlike hearing, baby’s sight develops slowly over the first 6 to 8 months of its life. This is not due to eye development, which doesn’t change, but brain development which is responsible for processing everything the eye is seeing. At first, young babies find it hard to distinguish between similar colours and tones and find high contrast images easier to see. At first they may prefer looking at black and white images, but quickly, as their sight develops, they also love to watch bright colours and contrasting patterns and they should be given lots of opportunity to look at colour.
- A variety of props or toys which the babies can look through as suggested below
One to two weeks
How it works
Babies are given different translucent coloured props which they can look through and see the world but in different colours.
What to do in the class
Provide babies and parents with coloured scarves and encourage them to play with their babies by looking through the scarves to see the world around them turned into a different colour. Parents could put the hands under the scarf or put it over their faces whilst talking to the babies and mentioning the colour everything now looks. Babies could put the scarves over their faces and look through it. Instructors could give some small props to put under the scarfs, again for babies to see and enjoy the colour change. As well as scarves, thin coloured tissue paper or translucent wrapping paper could be used.
- Chiffon Scarves
- Coloured cellophane, e.g. from yellow moon -£2.99 to make this a little stronger consider laminating and cutting into squares with rounded corners
- Clear neon plastic tumblers or cups e.g. from party kiosk
- Clear bottles with water and a few drops of food colour inside (well sealed!) Sensory blocks (. Or search ‘Rainbow Sound Blocks’ in amazon or ebay for suppliers.
- ELC wonder blocks
Adaptations for older/younger children
None required as colour is equally fascinating to both younger and older babies
What to do in a nursery setting
No adaptation is necessary.