We did a color sorting activity that the children really enjoyed. I purchased buttons from the crafts store and walmart which came in six different color and in a variety of sizes.
The button colors matched the color sorting bowls that I purchased from amazon.com. I set the buttons out along with the empty sorting bowls and the children sorted the buttons into the correct bowls.
After the buttons had all been sorted the children estimated which color had the most buttons and the least buttons. We then counted the buttons. This activity was super easy to set up and not only did it work on colors and sorting but also fine motor skills. Because buttons are small objects please use supervision for children 3 and under and those still in the stages of putting items in their mouths.
To help with color recognition I made a frog themed color sort activity that the children really enjoyed doing. I printed the frog patterns on cardstock paper and the color circles on regular paper.
I cut the frogs out and glued them on craft sticks and then cut the color circles out and glue them on clear plastic cups. There are twelve colors included with this activity so you will need twelve craft sticks and twelve plastic cups if you are going to use all of the colors.
I put the frog color sticks in a container and set them out with the color cups. You can choose what colors you would like to work on and make as many copies as you want of the color frogs to be used in each sorting cup.
In this activity children pick a colored frog stick from the container and put it in the cup with the same color circle. Play continues until all of the frog sticks have been placed in the cups. You can grab the patterns here and see a video of this activity below:
The free membership printable this week is Watermelon Alphabet Sort which is a great activity for letter recognition and review. I printed the patterns on cardstock paper ... cut them out ... and laminated them.
I attached the watermelon labels to two empty baskets using craft sticks and set the baskets out on a table. I then mixed the uppercase and lowercase letters together and put them in front of the baskets.
In this activity children sort the letters by putting the uppercase letters in one basket and the lowercase letters in another basket. You can grab the patterns for free until Sunday July 12th ... after that they will only be available in the member's section which is where you can also find the watermelon even and odd number sort.
We worked on letter identification with an uppercase vs. lowercase sorting activity. I printed the patterns on cardstock paper and laminated them. I then attached the uppercase and lowercase tags to baskets I purchased from the dollar store.
I set the baskets and letter cards out in our center and the children picked a card ... said what letter it was and then put it in the correct basket based on whether it was an uppercase or lowercase letter.
The children really enjoyed this activity so I will be making more of them for different themes!! I did include alternate sorting tags that read "Uppercase Letters" and "Lowercase Letters" instead of tags with all upper or all lower.
You can see a video of this activity here or by clicking below:
I made a heart color sorting activity to round out our valentine's theme. I used craft foam that I purchased from walmart instead of cardstock paper because I liked the thickness of it and the durability. I cut the foam into heart shapes and hot glued them onto craft sticks.
I then cut small circles out of the craft foam and glued them onto clear plastic cups. I used ten different colors of foam for this activity but depending on how young the children are that you work with you may want to use less.
I set the cups and heart sticks out in a center and the children put the heart sticks in the cup with the same colored circle on the front. Not only was this a great activity for color recognition but also for fine motor as well as eye-hand coordination.
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We do a lot of learning activities outside when weather permits and this week we worked with colored ice balls. They were easy to make ... the children loved them ... and they looked awesome in the snow!!
We did counting and sorting for specific activities and then the children took the ice balls and played with them in the snow. They made shapes ... buried them ... lined them up and really had an great time with them.
I used liquid water color instead of food coloring for the ice balls. The ice balls will stain children's hands but the water color paint will wash out easier than food coloring. Because we were outside the children had mittens and gloves on for most of the time they were working with the ice balls. I also had special scooper tools that were perfect for picking up the ice balls.
I purchased a special silicone ice ball mold and filled it up with colored water that I had mixed together in a squeeze bottle. I didn't put a specific amount of the liquid paint in ... I just put enough in until I liked the color of the water.
The mold makes four ice balls of the same color at a time and it takes between four to five hours for them to freeze. One they are frozen I removed them from the mold and placed them in zip lock bags with each color having their own bag.
When we were ready to go outside I put all of the ice balls in clear plastic bowls (I had three ice centers set up) and added a special scoop that that is from a fine motor skills tool kit that I really love. The children used clear plastic cups as well as muffin tins to sort and count the ice balls.
You can see a video of this activity by clicking below:
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