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Colors Activity • Friday
INFANTS Black, white, red, yellow, orange, and blue are stimulating colors that babies can
easily see and differentiate. This activity provides an opportunity for babies to hear
color words and to notice color differences.

Activity Instructions
Younger babies:
• Place baby on your lap.

• Talk to the baby, smile, and make funny faces.

• Allow the baby to notice the details of your face, then look away and come back
to engage again.

• Gather a brightly colored toy in the color palette listed above and hold the toy
8–12 inches from the baby’s head.

• Slowly move the toy from one side to the other, allowing the baby to track the toy.

• Bring the toy towards your face and smile.

Older babies:
• Fill two bins sorted by color of toys.

• Show the bins to the baby during playtime.

• Talk about the color of the objects. “The ball is blue. The car is blue.”
• Bring out a couple toys of the same color and ask the baby, “Where do they go?”
• Demonstrate sorting the toys by color and see if the baby notices.

• Try putting a toy in the wrong color bin and see if the baby observes the “mistake.”
Documentation Make a joke by misplacing the colored toy and see if the baby joins you in the humor.

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL
Babies develop close and caring relationships
with teachers.

MOVEMENT & COORDINATION
Babies coordinate eye movement and pay
attention to visual details of toys.

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LANGUAGE & COMMUNICATION
Babies hear and pay attention to toy and color
vocabulary. COGNITIVE
Babies notice objects and color sorting.

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