Single colour play is amazing for our babies, great for helping their visual development as they see the whole toy in the same focus rather than parts of it pin sharp. It is amazing for hand to eye co-ordination, their sense of touch if we include different textures, motor planning, their posture and working two sides of their body together.
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 much benefit from one little activity, repeat it often!
You will need
– two texture fabrics for lying out on your playspace, give them lots of opportunities to feel and touch a few different textures at the same time
– four or five toys of similar colours
Lie your toys out in your playspace in an arc and let your little ones engage with them. For our tiny babies take the opportunity to show them the toy, let them feel and touch and do some toy rotation. For our tummy timers, pop the toys around them and totally distract them to give them lots of opportunities to feel and touch and build up their tummy time. For our sitters pop the toys around them in an arc and encourage them to reach and grab for them helping their balance, co-ordination and motor control, please keep them safe while they are stretching forward and doing lots of work on their dynamic balance. For our little ones who are on the move, encourage rolling, stretching and crawling to the toys by moving them further away.
Today’s play suggestion is to choose 3 toys that we can rotate to help our little ones with their engagement and their concentration.
Choose a toy that shakes, one that rattles and one that rolls. Today is not about all of the toys, it is choosing a couple to listen to, to engage with and concentrate on.
Shaking toy – smaller toy, softer noise, links, small maracas, little music toys
Rattle – maybe a larger louder toy, a rainmaker, bottle with beads, peas or coins in or maybe a bell toy
Roll – ball or round object that we can practice our fine finger control with holding
For our youngest babies we are lying our little one’s down, playing noises to the side so we can track and work out where the noise is coming from, our hearing is most developed at birth so this is a great opportunity to track a noise. We are letting them hold and touch and for our larger toys we can pop them onto their side and support them so their hands come together for two handed play.
For our sitting babies pop the toys in front so your baby reaches for the toys working on their hand-eye co-ordination and their balance skills. Be on hand to support the if needed. Practice toy rotation so if your little one shows a particular toy lots of attention give them the opportunity to swap so we are experiencing lots of textures. Support them to shake the toys.
For our moving babies encourage lots of moving, rolling, cruising and crawling towards the toys, spacing the out really helps. Lots of shaking the toys to work on our motor skills too.
This little activity helps our little ones
– discover textures
– listen to different noises and helps with directional noise
– working the big muscles in our body
– their fine motor skills
– gives opportunities to work on moving and motor planning
– great for helping with balance
– supporting to develop hand-eye co-ordination
– increase their concentration skills
– visual skills and controlling the very small muscles in their eyes
– helping their body scheme, working two sides of our body,
– awareness of where our body is in space
– their ability to screen information
– it is great for stretching our their bodies and distracting them during tummy time too!
– you can even do the activities with some music on in the background to help with auditory screening, rhythm and tracking skills. This playlist is the one we use – click for playlist on amazon music
A little activity with so many benefits!
Contrast play is amazing for your baby, great for helping their visual development. When your baby is born they originally see in light and shade so things that are high contrast are really visually interesting for them.
It is amazing for helping the tiny muscles in the back of their eyes strengthen, for their hand to eye-co-ordination, their sense of touch if we can include different textures, motor planning, their posture and working two sides of their body together.
Black, white and red is an amazing combination as it involves contrast and one of the first colours that our little ones can see in focus. We repeat contrast play often with our babies, toddlers and our preschoolers, it is an amazing activity to repeat.
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 much benefit from one little activity, repeat it often!
We’ve got a visual development printable
You will need –
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