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So the little miss and I have some quality time in the mornings now that big sister is at preschool. I have been wanting to work on colors so we put together this quick little activity.
Containers (I used garbage pails)
I wanted to start simple, just 2 colors. My girl knows yellow but not blue, so I chose one she’s good with and one new one. After I did my quick little prep I was ready to go…but the little wasn’t. She became completely distracted by the Melissa & Doug Paint and Dry books. Have you guys used these? So fantastic. I have one in my nursing bucket, a bucket little miss gets when mommy is nursing the babe. Also one in the diaper bag! Here is a link if you are interested.
Once she was done with her water paint we got down to business. First we talked about the colors. Then we handled the balls. She asked if we could dump them out, so we did!
Then we talked about which color should go in which container. I showed her how to put the right color in the right container.
After doing a slow, simple sort. We got a bit more active. Time to do some tossing.
She thought this part was so fun. When she’d sorted all the balls she sweetly asked again? So we did it again. I spent most of the time repeating the color of the ball in her hand. REPETITION! My 2 year old knew exactly where each ball should go, but kept calling blue purple. Over the next few weeks we are hoping to focus on these 2 colors until she is confident with them.
How to tweak?
You could easily use pompoms or even colored blocks instead of balls. Use what you got!
If you don’t have extra garbage bins you could use some large bowls.
If you have an older child you can use multiple colors. Turn on a timer and see if your child can place ask the balls in the containers in 30 seconds.