Matching colours started a long time before we started learning colour names. I took the opportunity in every situation to teach my toddler colors. Read about my colour treasure baskets here.
Like when we were in a market, I showed him red, yellow and green capsicum/bell pepper and how they were all same but yet different.
I showed him a black crow, a yellow lemon, a red postbox and a green leaf. But when I pointed out to something and asked what color it was, he always replied “green”. Yup, that was his favorite color for a long time 🙂
We learnt colors when we shopped for saris ,every time we wore a dress, we learnt colours in vegetable shops, in wholesale plastic shops, in toy shops, in chocolate counters, in pastry shops, in kitchens .Literally anywhere. 🙂 I also had this sensory bean bags made.
This was the first time he matched colors
Now we are revisiting those activities here in my mom’s place. You can buy those elephants from Funskool Elephalinks
You can get these colors pdf downloaded here..
Laminate them for longer life time 🙂
Also you can find one more bus colors matching printable here.
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You must have read about the treasure baskets in my previous post. Did you try them at home? Or you didn’t get to read about it? Then read it here.
This treasure basket is usually a hit in my house and I start with it for introducing new concepts.
When trying to choose objects for your lil one, keep in mind his current interests and have them included in the basket. At present my lil Jing Jaang is learning shapes and recognizing numbers, hence the red circle, pentagon, square and the number ‘3’.The red spoons and bowl were kept open ended for him to decide what he wanted to do with it.
Mission accomplished. He undoubtedly knows red now 🙂
P.S: While I wrote this, I couldn’t stop thinking about Red– a powerful character from Orange is the New Black. If you haven’t read the book or watched the play, then I suggest you give it a shot. 🙂
If your toddler is like my son, who goes crazy for wheels on the bus, then check this out.
The action cards(PDF) below were made and I had my lil one to pick a card and I sang. This is a lovely action song were we learn vocabulary and movement.
I also made the colours card(PDF below) so he can match the buses with the color.
And through this size cards(again PDF below 🙂 ), we learnt the difference between a small and big.
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Learn Size Difference
When I looked up for sensory materials over the internet, these bean bags caught my eyes. I selected few random pieces, stuffed them with different bits and pieces and had them stitched. I read that a newborn can only see black and white for the first few months and I didn’t want to stitch the bags for a second time. So the smart brain in me got the front side with different colors/textures and the other side with different black and white patterns.
They were used for touch and feel play, to stack them, to match them (when made in double), to teach colours, to have a blindfold play, to toss them into a basket. Your little one would surprise you by using this bean bag as a pillow for her doll. You never know, how those little minds work. So keep them as an open ended play and let them decide what they want to do with these bags 🙂
You could read my other post on sensory play here.