The Colour Game
Ever feel overwhelmed? I mean, losing your marbles? Too much going on…can’t cope?
Can you believe (scientists think) that baby's eyesight develops slower than the rest of her senses to help her cope?
Yup. Nature gave her a better coping mechanism than yoga, a hot tea (or a glass of wine).
Apparently, when a baby is born, her sense of smell, touch, taste and hearing are all much stronger than her sense of sight.
Many scientists think this is because humans mainly use sight to learn and react with the world around us.
Eyesight probably develops slowly so that baby is not overwhelmed by too much info. (BabyCenter Article)
So, when can she see colour?
As an artist who paints wall murals, I was pretty curious when I could start teaching Audrey about colour.
Well, around 6-8 months old, your baby will be able to see almost like you.
Red is the first colour that she’ll see, and then orange, yellow, green and lastly, blue. Funnily enough, this is the exact order that colours appear in a rainbow (remember high school science? Roy G. Biv? Look it up…)
Fun fact: A researcher, Iris Zemach, discovered that most babies prefer blue and purple colours over red and yellow. (Read the article from ScienceBlogs.com)
Audrey’s 8 months old now – perfect timing!
My game to help Audrey develop her eyeballs (sense of sight)
I was looking for a game to play with Audrey that would help her develop her sense of sight - since she’s the right age now.
So I put a basket together of coloured items. Maybe 3 or 4 items in each colour – red, blue + yellow (primary colours) and green, orange + purple (secondary colours).
The items are things like toys, cloths, instruments and other odds and ends.
We’ve been going to KinderMusik since Audrey was 7 weeks old. Miss Kendra taught us to always label everything you show your baby.
On to the game…
I choose a colour (red for example) and introduce one item at a time. Audrey explores each item.
She gets a red ball, red tissue, red towel and a red plastic lid from my kitchen.
I hand Audrey the red ball and then say something like, “Here Audrey, here’s your red ball. Do you like your red ball? Let’s roll the red ball over your arm.”
We play peek-a-boo under the red towel, eat the red lid and crumple the red tissue.
By the end of the first colour, Audrey has a table full of red items to play with.
It’s a game for the other senses too!
On to blue…she jingles her blue bells (sense of sound).
Then I fill a blue water bottle with water. We swish it around so she hears the water inside (sense of sound).
Then I drip some water onto her hand so she can feel the cold liquid (sense of touch).
I usually save orange (or green) for last...you'll see why in a sec. ;)
I roll the orange ball around the highchair table to grab at, helping her hand-eye coordination.
At the very end, I give her green peas or orange sweet potato in a bowl.
She grabs it with her hands, mushing it up (feeling all the squishy goodness and helping her sense of touch) and puts it in her mouth (helping her sense of taste…and probably sense of smell, too).
And of course, she makes a big ole mess for me to clean up. :)
Here's a link to the Rainbow Cubes Wall Mural I used in the header photo to this blog post. It looks so cute in a bedroom or playroom...and only takes a couple of hours to hang. What a cool way to help teach your baby about colours! Check it out.
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I’d love to hear what colourful items you add to this game and how your baby reacts. Let me know how it goes in the comments below.
**Disclaimer: my games and activities are not scientifically proven, but are routed in my own research, experiences and explorations. Always supervise your baby while having fun with her. Never allow infants or children to play with items small enough that may be a choking hazard.