Single colour play is a wonderful activity for our babies, with so many benefits.
1. Colour play helps their visual development as they see the whole toy in the same focus rather than parts of it .
2. Hand to eye co-ordination, this activity can support hand eye coordination, improve their sense of touch. By including different textures including toys that make a noise or move.
3. Colour play can help their posture and working two sides of their body together. as babies are put on their tummy and free to explore and roll.
4. Brain development. Each area of their brain is used too as they use their frontal lobe for their motor functions, their parietal lobe for their touch and sensory input, occipital lobe for their vision, cerebellum for their co-ordination and temporal for their memory & auditory processing.
So many wonderful benefits from one activity!
You will need :
A single colour fabric or blanket, any materials with different textures would be great! This will provide babies with lots of opportunities to feel and touch a few different textures.
Pick 4 or 5 toys ( or household appropriate objects! ) of similar colours. You could look to outside, use items from the garden in a plastic bottle or zip loc bag for babies to explore.
Lie your toys out in your playspace in an arc and let your little ones engage with them. For tiny babies take the opportunity to show them the toy, let them feel and touch and do some toy rotation.
A great opportunity for tummy time, place the toys around them giving them lots of opportunities to feel and touch and build up their tummy time. You could lie babies
on a pillow or rolled up blanket for support .
Babies who are sitting up , try to avoid using a bumbo or container seat, as this will restrict their play. Place the toys around them in an arc and encourage them to reach and grab for them helping their balance, co-ordination and motor control.
For active babies, encourage rolling, stretching and crawling to the toys by moving them further away.
Let me know if you try it!
These activities are suggestions of how to engage your baby in play. They need to be carried out with adult supervision and you taking full responsibility for your baby during play. Please ensure that your little one is supervised with the toy at all times. Keep your little one in arms reach and eye sight when they are playing.e activities are suggestions of how to engage your baby in play. They need to be carried out with adult supervision and you taking full responsibility for your baby during play. Please ensure that your little one is supervised with the toy at all times. Keep your little one in arms reach and eye sight when they are playing.