baby class LeithOn Tuesdays you’ll find our sensory play classes hanging out in Leith. We run our classes from Out of the Blue Drill Hall on Dalmeny Street in the Cutting Room. The venue has the added benefit of a lovely cafe right outside the door of our room for coffee, lunch and cake before and after class.

Our Leith classes often have waiting lists and we’ve added some more classes to our timetable to help with this. From Autumn we’ll be running four classes including one for our toddlers.

baby class Leith

Our sensory play classes are colourful, themed and each class focuses on your little one’s sensory development. We’ll give you lots of information on play and child development and lots of ideas of activities that you can do at home too. You’ll also join a community of new parents in Edinburgh sharing information and arranging meet ups. You can book onto any of our classes by visiting our booking site.

We’d love to welcome you along to our sensory play classes in Leith!

This week in class we’ve been talking a lot about visual development during our black, white and red theme. We’ve got some ideas of black and white resources for playing with your baby to share with you that we find helpful and we’d love to hear about any resources that you discover too.

When our little ones are born they initially see in black and white (light and shade), the receptors that interpret colour start to interpret colour on a very basic level from about 3 months of age. We can really help them along by introducing them to high contrast images and fabrics that they can see in focus. This video from seeker daily explains how your little one’s vision develops

How Newborns See The World

Here’s how newborns see the world.

Posted by Seeker on Wednesday, 22 February 2017

They then work on developing the skills of teaming their eyes together and around the age of 4 or 5 months they start to work on developing their hand to eye co-ordination. Over the first year of life they are developing their colour scheme and we know that the first colours that they start to see are reds and yellows. By the age of two their visual systems are nearly fully developed with little ones being able to judge distance, identifying objects and discriminating items against backgrounds.

During our classes we have activities to work on lots of visual skills including focusing, tracking, teaming eyes together, visual discrimination, peripheral vision, binocular vision and hand to eye co-ordination and we’d love to share some ideas below on how to help your little one’s visual development.

How to incorporate black and white into play

Black and white books

We love high contrast books as they are a great way to introduce high contrast and they are perfect for tummy time. You can find books by companies like amazing baby  that are shown below, Marks and Spencer’s has a cardboard book range, one of which you saw in class this week, and the Wee Gallery do some lovely contrast cards too.

Black & White Resources for playing with your baby

Black and white fabrics

Our favourite place for black and white fabrics is Ikea where you can buy a small section of a high contrast design fabric really cheaply and these are ideal for tummy time. They also do a little range of cushions and pillows too.

black and white fabrics

Black and white toys

We love our black, white & red chiffons, zebra & panda puppets and toys that have lots of different textures in. Here are a couple of suggestions

black and white baby toys

Our black and white contrast cards

We have developed a printable with black and white contrast cards and some ideas of how to use them that you are very welcome to print and use.

sensory sessions contrast cards

Have lots of fun with these black & white resources and do try to incorporate high contrast images for your little one’s visual development. As always please ensure that your little one is supervised with toys at all times – keep them at eye sight and arms reach to ensure that they are safe.

Have a great week!


Sensory Play Baby Class in InverleithWe are excited to be launching lots of new classes in our Autumn term and on a Monday afternoon you’ll find our sensory play baby class in Inverleith! We will be at the lovely St Surf’s Church in Inverleith on a Monday afternoon from 1.30pm and we’d love to welcome you along to our class. Our sensory play programme is for babies under the age of one and we are running two classes, one for babies from birth to sitting and the second class is for little ones with sitting balance until they are on the move. Our sensory play classes are full of colourful toys, amazing themes and we give you lots of information on child development too. Classes can be booked online.

Please do get in touch if we can provide you with any information on any of our classes, we’d love to welcome to see you there!

sensory class liberton

We have an exciting announcement about our Autumn term, we are adding a sensory play class in Liberton to our timetable!

Starting in August we’ll have sensory play classes for babies at Liberton Kirk Centre on a Wednesday morning. We are looking forward to bringing our colourful toys, amazing themes and information on play and child development.

We’d love you to consider joining us, please contact us at if you need any information on our classes, booking information is available here

sensory play class for babies in Edinburgh

baby class in midlothian

We are very excited to be launching our sensory play classes in lots of new venues over the coming weeks and we are taking our baby classes to midlothian for the first time.

One of our new baby class in Midlothian venues will be at the gorgeous Wellbeing Lab at the Restoration Yard, Dalkeith Country Park in Midlothian. If you haven’t visited yet, it is amazing. We can recommend the lovely tea and cake and it is a great place to take a walk with your little one.

baby class in midlothian

Our class is on the first floor of the Restoration Yard building, there is a lift and plenty of space to take your pram upstairs. There is lots of parking nearby and you’ll need your pram wheels to get from the carpark to the venue (it is a bit far to carry a carseat) and a couple of minutes to walk across.

Our classes focus on sensory play, helping little ones integrate their developing senses through play. We do some led play, lots of exploratory play and all of our classes follow a theme. You’ll discover new toys, we’ll be able to give you some help with child development tips and you’ll get a chance to meet some other parents too.

Our new timetable is out this week and we hope to be able to welcome you along to one of our new baby class in Midlothian soon!

baby class Dalkeith