My husband took the lead on this idea! He made DIY high contrast cards for babies that are great for visual stimulation. These are too easy. Two supplies needed-that is it!
DIY Contrast Cards for Babies
Using index cards, draw on designs using a black marker.
Start with straight bars for the newborn and increase the complexity for your infant as they grow.
You can even collect cards that will work for this like the one in the middle of the picture below. That was in a free gift from a baby products company. It is a simple design that you can DIY!
We did straight bars, then made one with zig zags, and then some solid black shapes.
My oldest son, no kidding, would stare at these contrast cards for babies while sitting in his bouncer from about birth until 3 months. Here is a pic I took right out of his baby scrapbook!
He would move his hands and arms in such an excited way when we put new cards up. I knew it was stimulating his attention. He has a great focus when he is interested in a topic now as a school age kid. Simple activities work!
After a few months you can add colors like red or blue to vary the interest. My husband got a little carried away and added in some infant world history. LOL!
Talk to your child about what they are looking at to increase the learning. You can even place these index cards in zip top bags and make the book I shared in this DIY books for infants post.
I have free printable contrast cards in a jack o’lantern theme available for download here.
The best baby mobile with this visual stimulation design is the Manhattan Toy Infant Stimulation mobile. We loved using it with our second child.
There are two sizes:
Have you noticed your baby being entertained by high contrast visual stimulation?
It is awesome to see that brain working in this way and their attention span developing! Encourage it with these DIY contrast cards for babies and our other simple DIY activities for babies.
Did you try making these ? What did you think?
Enjoy your time at home!