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Shapes and colours are amongst the first concepts that babies learn and learning them helps to stimulate connections in the brain that will continue to serve your baby as they learn throughout their childhood. Learning both shapes and colours with your baby can be fun for both of you. Here's a fun idea on how to familiarise your baby with both.
Take two potatoes and cut them in half so that at least one of the cross sections makes a circle. Now carve the other faces into a rectangle, square and triangle. You now have four large stampers!
Dip the face of the potatoes in finger paint and stamp different coloured shapes onto a large sheet of paper. Practice the stamping and discuss each shape with your baby - count the sides on the shape and point your finger around each shape as you show them. Start with a single colour and state the colour with each stamp: 'red circle', 'red square', 'red triangle', 'red rectangle'. Wipe the paint off the face each time and then start on another colour.
When you have played with these for a bit, show the effect of mixing colours; demonstrate how two colours mixed together create a different colour. Try mixing various combinations of colours to create a varied array.
Playing with shapes and colours will help to cement these concepts in your child's mind and start them on a learning path that will set them up well for school in a few years!
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