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Visual stimulation cards: Colour

By the time babies are six months old it is generally accepted that they can see a full range of colours. By two months they can distinguish between red and green. Next comes blue and yellow. Strong, vibrant colours are easier to distinguish than muted tones. Researchers believe babies categorise colours into five groups, red, green, blue, purple and yellowish-brown.

Interestingly, there is some research that shows babies dislike the colour brown. Some seem to show a preference for one particular colour while others don't appear to favour any over another.

Feel free to download and print these cards for use with your baby. Try cutting so each design is separate and place next to their changing mat one at a time. Change it regularly to maintain interest. Alternatively, pop the whole page in a lightweight plastic frame and move it around the house so your little one can look at the designs at different times in different locations. Don't forget to talk to your baby about what they can see.

The cards are printable from a laptop or desktop computer. If you are using a mobile device, please email and ask for the file to be sent as an attachment.