Homeschooling Toys

Red, Black and White Toys for Infant Stimulation and Learning

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Shane appreciates the hanging RBW toy that is stirred by the fan. Be creative in finding ways to stimulate infants. Notice what looks like a red headboard–it is just foam covered in tetoron cloth.

Long before I got married, I have learned that high contrast colors, specifically red, black and white, stimulate early learning and visual development among infants because that is basically the only colors that they can see in the first six months of life. Everything else is gray. Additionally, when they are stimulated, they are encouraged to move their bodies, such as to kick, wiggle, and wave their arms.

That was in the 90s. When I was pregnant with my eldest Dindin in 2009, one of the first things that I looked for were RBW toys and stuff. Sadly, I found none. But not to be deterred, I bought cartolina of these colors and made cut out posters and even a mobile. I also bought the cheap cloth called tetoron (the one commonly used in school uniform blouses) and made sort of a tri-colored cover/blanket. Thankfully, when we went to her pedia, she had an extra hanging RBW toy that she gave to us. And I really kept it in case that I will have another child.

I am also thankful that Lamaze now has RBW rattle bracelets and socks. They are great for babies!

Shane now has RBW wrist rattles–this wasn’t available during Dindin’s time, at least where I lived.

But if you can’t find these RBW stuff or your budget does not allow them, don’t despair. Make do and make things. That is what I did with Dindin. Buy cartolina and make your own stuff. The lines don’t have to be straight and the circles don’t have to be smooth–just as long as there is contrast, your baby will still be attracted to it. Consider this another crafts time.

The RBW cover/blanket that I had made was reversible. The other side was purely red while the other side was a combination of red, black, and white. I initially did this by hand, until my mother-in-law saw me and finalized the edges using the sewing machine. I am not handy with it.

The red cover when reversed shows the three colors. πŸ˜€ Can you find Shane? LOL

So if you have an infant or have one coming, then make time to prepare these things. πŸ˜€ They can be inexpensive. Just look for materials that are baby-safe and then your imagination will be the limit. Enjoy!

Red, black, and white cartolina posters on our bathroom door. πŸ˜€
Another poster under the aircon.

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Sigrid is a work at home mom and Bacolod blogger who tries to juggle taking care of the kids, homeschooling in Bacolod, covering events, designing, writing, and blogging. After finishing her degree in Mass Communications from the University of St. La Salle, she went on to become a news reporter/writer for a local daily and eventually pursued a career in advertising as a copywriter and graphics designer. After her stint in the corporate world, she became a freelance writer, contributing to national and international publications covering a variety of topics. She was a contributing food writer to COOK Magazine before she became a food and mommy blogger. She blogs at:

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  1. Crystal Cruz says:

    wow so inexpensive po. galing mag design ni mommy diba po shane… gawin ko rin po sa baby ko. thanks po sa info.

  2. yna yns (@yns023) says:

    Wow nice Idea and Informative for the first time mommies if you can’t afford expensive stuff there is always an alternative. Some say if you are not creative before but once you became a mother the creativeness will come out naturally specially if its for your little one. Will recommend this to my friends who just recently gave birth. Thank You lovinglymama

  3. Sheryl An Mungcal says:

    thanks po sa idea,. try ko pong gumawa nyan pra sa baby ko,. πŸ™‚

  4. Marinela Diaz says:

    The mobile is really nice, and Shane looks fascinated with it. When my son is just a few months old, he didn’t like the mobile that was attached to his crib. He doesn’t cared at all. Haha! But when he reached his 4th month, we noticed that he’s leaning towards the orange color. He liked orange toys, orange books, anything orange. But he also used to like his red-black-yellow ladybug pillow. πŸ™‚

  5. Lennie G. Mungcal says:

    this is a very nice idea.. πŸ™‚

  6. Ann Cagalingan says:

    Nice design,at malilibang talaga si Baby! napaka Colorful.

  7. wow cute nmn ni baby..ganda p ng mga designs

  8. Sherry Ann gole cruz says:

    wow.thanks for a love idea,i will try to tell this to my other expectant mother

  9. maricris abarabar says:

    galing naman mommy, di na kailangan bumili ng dapat maging creative at magtipid hehehe. nice idea magawa nga rin pag ngkababy ulit hehehe…

  10. Cathlyn Joy G. Roman says:

    try kong gumawa nito para sa pamangkin ko,. πŸ™‚ thanks sa idea,.

  11. Rhea Juaton says:

    galing naman ^_^ it’s sooooo cute! cute din ni baby <3

  12. Theresa Cruz-Escaros says:

    Even before I gave birth, I made posters similar to this (red and black artpaper cut in circles/squares) and posted them in walls, especially near the changing table to keep the baby occupied while changing his diapers.

    1. Loving Mama says:

      That’s great sis! πŸ˜€

  13. Therese Decena says:

    super cute baby!! the toys look adorable! πŸ™‚

  14. julie ann Dolojan says:

    wow nice idea

  15. joy merced says:

    THose are cute wrist bands!

  16. elinor semira says:

    Thanks for sharing this as it is very helpful especially for those who had babies.

  17. annabelle mape says:

    nice idea.. i try to do it for my apo

  18. ariane may n. gamil says:

    Creativity is finding new solutions uniquely…and you give us ways we can save as a mom..thanks sa ideas….very informative!

  19. Polinda Usero says:

    DIY projects are made from creativity and passion. I’d love to do things that are DYI din, it’s more fun and challenging. And its true that high contrast pics can stimulate a child’s learning and visual acuity.

  20. katherine cagampang says:

    super cute baby…thanks po sa idea gagawin ko rin po yan pg my baby na po ako…

  21. Mary Joy says:

    What a great Idea. when i had a baby i always buy those hanging toys ..coz i know baby need something to look at while at early months of age

  22. Juliet says:

    I love the second picture! πŸ™‚

  23. Aprilrose Calinog says:

    Yeah, this is true! I’ve known this ideas from my cousin and this will really help our baby’s brain development . I even planned of giving her such toys and indeed it’s hard to find one, good thing I knew from You that stickers may do..Thanks for the info.:)

  24. caryn morales says:

    ganda! thanks for the idea and suggestion. will try to make some to give as a gift to my expectant friends!

  25. Catherine De Guzman says:

    Amazing! Every mom is really a hero for their children. Thanks for the wonderful ideas and for sharing the part of being a good mom!

  26. Angelica Nario says:

    Thanks for the idea i have a 5 months old baby girl giving an information from your blog are my appreciation. Thanks again for the idea i will surely do it The RBW…for my baby’s vision.:

  27. Lorie Nocasa says:

    I’ll keep this reference for the future.. Thanks for sharing

  28. arjayssa reyes says:

    nice mobile! πŸ™‚ thank you for the tips πŸ™‚ pwedeng pwedeng gawin ng mga mommies “:)

  29. marjorie bisagar says:

    nice design thankz for an idea :))

  30. May Ongsioco says:

    nice idea. i want to try it too πŸ™‚

  31. Arra Morta says:

    I love the room, such a lucky baby!

  32. Lau Beruin says:

    That’s a really helpful idea. Thanks!

  33. jenny esplana says:

    nice room πŸ˜€

  34. mary anne ramirez says:

    very informative and very inexpensive. I’ll make one for my baby. Thanks for sharing.

  35. Arminda Puno De Leon says:

    Wow…very practical Mommy indeed…hooray to you!
    I will share this with friends for sure!

  36. Pink2graphy says:

    Cute! But be sure to keep enough distance of toys and your baby.

  37. Leizle Demaisip says:

    Nice design! great idea para mas madaling mka distinguish c baby sa colors

  38. ang galing ganda naman ng idea kahit na wala masyadong gastos tipid.

  39. Allan Reyes says:

    good idea

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