Well, school's started. LegoLad and GameBoy are gone all day and all morning, respectively. It's just BusyBee (she's 20 months) and me. Time for some fun with a little learning snuck in!
Today we sorted colors. She aced this, so I need to step up my game. Here's what we did.
I put a bunch of colored pompoms in a box. I spread out corresponding colored papers for the 8 colors I had. I picked a color, named it and put it on the correct paper. By the third one she had taken over. She had to think a bit about some, but got every one correct! Every time she picked up a color I named it for her--"Ooo... red. Where does the red go?" or something similar.
Here's some other color activities that we did or are planning to do soon:
Dyed Pasta Stringing: http://www.makeandtakes.com/coloring-pasta-making-necklaces
--I love how bright the colors turn out when you use rubbing alcohol. I had BusyBee thread them on a bamboo skewer stuck into a blob of homemade playdough. I keeps her occupied for over 30 minutes while I make dinner.
**After dying the noodles and carefully scooping them out, I put about a half cup rice in the bag and there was enough "juice" to dye it, too. BusyBee loves scooping/pouring the rice into different containers.
Fruit Loop Rainbow: http://familycrafts.about.com/od/rainbows/a/cerealrainbow.htm
--Sort and glue fruit loops into a rainbow. (Also can sort and string.)
Torn paper art: Tear construction paper into small pieces. Glue pieces on a paper shape. (Blue on a rain drop, yellow star, red heart, green leaf, white cloud, black wheel, etc…)
Lacing Cards: Glue construction paper onto a cereal box for strength. Cut out shape. Punch holes along edge and use as a lacing card with string. Cover with contact paper for more durability.
For Older Kids (Preschool)--
Chameleon Hunt: http://www.brighthubeducation.com/preschool-lesson-plans/61856-a-color-of-his-own-chameleon-lesson-plan/ After reading Leo Lionni's book A Color Of His Own, cut out chameleons from different colored papers. Take turns hiding each chameleon on an object that is the same color.
What's Missing? Game: Fill a cookie sheet with 5-10 objects, all the same color. Have the children identify each object (i.e. toothbrush, sock, toy car, crayon, hairbow, cup, etc.). Cover the sheet with a towel and secretly remove an object. Uncover and have the children guess what's missing. Adjust number of objects if the game is too easy or hard.
I Spy Book: Have kids gather as many objects (even magazine pictures) that will fit on one 8.5x11 sheet of paper. Without touching, play “I spy with my little something that…(give a clue)”. Take picture of these color pages to make quiet books—I would put photos in inexpensive albums and give as Christmas gifts.
Iron-on Shapes. Have kids color a shape cut out of sand paper. Use lots of crayon! Turn upside down a white sheet of paper and cover with another piece of paper and iron. You can buy iron-on fabric crayons to transfer to t-shirts or kitchen towels.
Cookie Cutter Painting: Place a small amount of paint on a plate. Show kids how to dip in paint and press on paper.
Color Wash Painting: Color a picture with crayons. Thin tempra paint and have children paint over the entire picture. Paint won’t cover crayons making the drawing show through. Large paint brushes are best for this.
Dot Painting: Use bingo markers or ends of crayola markers (or glue sticks, pencil erasers, q-tips, etc) dipped in paint to create a picture with dots or to fill in a cut-out paper shape.