Colours, like features, follow the changes of emotion – Pablo Picasso
When I think of autumn I think of orange. Orange leaves, orange pumpkins, orange fires – you get the drift. With that in mind I thought I would plan some bath time colour play to suit the season.
Colour recognition is a really important skill that babies and children learn. This skill can be broken down further into three separate skills; matching, identifying and naming colours. To help Emily build on these skills I have planned a series of colour based activities and today’s post is all about orange. Obviously at 9 months old she is too young to name and match colours but she is able to identify. From 4 months old children are able to see all colours and tell the difference from one to the other.
I wanted this activity to take place at bath time as Emily just loves water play. It allows for a whole added level of sensory play too which is how babies learn best at her age. I gathered together all Emmy’s orange toys that were suitable for the bath, added in some extra things from around the house and a few new toys. I didn’t want to add in too many objects because I didn’t want the activity to be overwhelming but I did want to have a good mix of new things and things she was familiar with.
I ran her bath as usual and added in the orange toys. As she played I spoke about the different objects and we explored them together. Naming the objects and the colour promotes learning as it is getting her used to the colour names of the objects. An example of this is ‘you are holding the orange ring’ ‘the orange duck is floating away’ etc. This allows Emily to hear the colour name and eventually associate that with the coloured object she is playing with. It is so important for babies to be around language. Narrating a child’s play is the perfect way to introduce new words and learn concepts together.
Emily really enjoyed this activity during her bath so I decided to set it up as a ‘treasure basket’ style activity. I know Caitylis does a lot of these baskets and she always posts about them on her instagram stories so be sure to follow her there to see! I plan on making more of these as it seemed to go down well so I’ll be sure to document them here as I do!
Love Laura xx