Toddler Color and Fine Motor Activities

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!  I am so happy to be home with Holden!  It is a day off for all sorts of places, but I somehow managed to forget the bank is closed too!  Hahaha!  Definitely pulled in before I realized that it was closed.  The Mr. and I have been working with the little one on color recognition.  He can sort by color lickety-split.  However, he will tell you that each object is “geen” when asked to name it.  I did order a game on etsy that is really cute.  See below…  Link here.  I have to tell you that the DIY route is pretty easy and so so inexpensive.

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The first game I made was a simple sorting activity using paint strips (the kind with four or so color in a row, bookmark size) that I took decided to put to good use from a certain store.  I got colors in the same family, and just cut apart the paint strips.  Using a muffin tin, we can play the sorting game together by sorting and stating (me first, Holden repeating) the colors.

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The second game is definitely more interesting to him.  I used larger paint chips (square, only one color).  I got two in each of the basic colors.  I used clothes pins left over from a class project that I’ve had for a million years.  I cut out a small square from one of the colored chips and then hot glued it onto the end of the clothes pin.  We play by laying out the whole chips and the clothes pins with the small chip.  We take turns and pick a clothes pin.  Then, “we” say the color and look for the match.  Holden (or I depending on whose turn it is) have to pin the clothes pin onto the colored chip.  This is definitely good practice for waiting, turn taking, and just not be a jerk in general.  🙂  H’s natural tendency is to grab, to do, and MINE!  We play this game usually once a day a couple times a week.

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Sometimes the simplest things can really be the best toys.  Most important to remember as we moms become obsessed focused on our children’s education…

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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When words are both true and kind, they can change the world.Buddha Please comment below.

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