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9 books to help learn colours and shapes

This selection of books will help little ones - from tiny babies to pre-schoolers - learn shapes and colours for the first time.

In the Night Garden: Shapes and Colours

Help your tot get to grips with shapes and colours with a little bit of help from CBeebies faves In The Night Garden. Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy, Makka Pakka and pals have a host of fun activities in store, such as using giant stickers to create unique and colourful scenes. This super activity book will keep little fans of the Night Garden entertained way past bedtime.

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Hello Kitty: Colours Board Book

Join Hello Kitty, her twin sister Mimmy and their friends as they introduce basic colour concepts such as Red Apple and Orange Flower through simple pictures. This vibrant board book will even appeal to the very youngest of babies thanks to its eye-catching illustrations. Read each page out loud while pointing to the corresponding image to encourage colour and name recognition. 

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My First Colours: Ladybird Learners

Designed with interactive learning in mind, My First Colours encourages very young children to search and find a range of coloured objects like a beautifully illustrated red ladybird or a cute yellow duck. These fun exercises help to reinforce concepts of colour and strengthen colour recognition skills. Reading this book together also provides a great opportunity to talk about the different words and pictures on each page and their meanings – a fun way to help them build their vocabulary.

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In The Night Garden: Shapes

This chunky board book is just the right size for little hands to get a grip off. Younger learners will love turning the pages to discover the different shapes hidden amongst the comforting setting of CBeebies magical dreamland, where the Ninky Nonk and Tombliboos are familiar and welcoming friends.  

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Baby Touch: Shapes

Created to stimulate baby’s visual and physical senses, this unique book not only contains bold illustrations of basic shapes like squares, circles, triangles and stars, but also features a tactile element on every page. Let infants look and feel how each page is different, which will encourage their cognitive growth. 

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Peppa Pig: Colours

Who better to discover the names of different colours with, than every toddler’s favourite cartoon piggy pal! In this book, Peppa Pig and her famous family introduce colours alongside simple text. Young children will love turning the pages to see which colour Peppa chooses next. 

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Baby Touch: Colours

It’s never too early to start looking at books together, and the Baby Touch range is the perfect starting point. Introduce your baby to primary colours with this interactive touch-and-feel board book. Each page features a large section for them to touch and stroke. Some are smooth, others soft, embossed or even squashy! Guide their little hands over each touchable panel as you read out the colour. 

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Peppa Pig: Shapes

Peppa and friends return to help your child learn about all of the different shapes too. This cool chunky board book will help even the very youngest Peppa Pig fans to distinguish shapes while observing the similarities and differences between them. Peppa and her piggy pals will help make learning fun for little ones.

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In the Night Garden: Colours

Firm favourites Igglepiggle, UpsyDaisy and friends are back, this time to help your baby begin to learn about colours within the weird and wonderful world of In The Night Garden. The simple text is ideal for reading out loud while the illustrations are so bright and bold your little one is bound to want to look at them over and over again.

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