High Contrast Fun
Written on December 1, 2005 by Kevin.
After I knew that my wife and I were having a baby, I quickly went out on the web and searched around for information. One thing that kept popping up on sites was the fact that babies are fascinated with high contrast images. I have since found toys that are strictly black, white and red and are sold as developmental toys. It is said that the connections in the brain can decrease or increase by up to 25% depending on the stimulation and environment your baby receives. When researching websites, I found numerous posts from dads talking about their experiences with showing their babies high contrast images and I knew that I wanted to do the same. These images I like to consider developmental experiments. Experiments are the reason for having the baby in the first place right?
The other day I decided to finally get around to making some high contrast images. I laminated the 2 together and tied some ribbon to it. I have since hung it from our mobile and I have to say, Rylan certainly enjoys watching it spin. We used to have a Winnie the Pooh mobile that Rylan enjoyed but would not stay locked deeply onto. The images that I created however will keep his attention and generally soothe his crying when we are changing him.
Eventually, Rylan will get bored of these images and I will swap them with some new ones. The second part of this experiment will be to test different images. My idea is that if I show Rylan a picture of a dollar sign, will he become a millionaire? If I show him a picture of a Mickey Mouse head, will he become a Mickey fan? Only time will tell.