What to do with this activity?
Show and talk to your baby about the different colours and shapes that you see, when you are in your home or out and about together. Point out different colour cars, flowers, balls, or whatever you see. Talk about any round,square or triangular things you come across. That way your baby will learn new words. As your child gets older ask them the names of the colours and shapes they see.
Toys like the one in the picture above, or similar, where your child sorts out shapes, are good for giving your child the chance to explore and learn about shapes. Talk to them as they play, giving them the right words.
You can click on the yellow activity link below if you have an android smart phone (any smart phone that is not an iPhone). The activity link will bring you to a free app. Use it to show your baby colours and shapes and how you can match them. This is great if you are out and about and stuck for things to play with. Similar apps are available for ipads and iphones.
Sit your child on your knee and name the colours and pictures on the app. Don't leave your child alone with your phone.
Why am I doing this?
Sharing stories play an important role in a child’s development. They not only help children learn language and reading skills but they also have an emotional quality which can help children make sense of their feelings. Reading to babies and young children, and giving them time to respond, will help make the most of this opportunity. Recognising shapes will help your child to learn to read later on.
How can I do more?
The most important thing is that reading is fun and enjoyable for both of you – five minutes can be enough. Just turn off the TV and find a quiet place so there are no distractions. And remember stories are not just found in books, it’s just as good to tell your child short, simple stories you know.
Remember, you’re not teaching your child to read. You learn to talk a long time before you learn to read, and sharing stories and giving your child time to respond is a wonderful way to help your child’s language development.
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