Clip the Color Activity for Toddlers

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 I have just about every “subset” of young children:  a school-aged child, a preschooler, and a baby.  I don’t currently have a toddler at home, however, but I recently came across these colorful clips at the Dollar General and knew they would make a great (and simple) color activity for toddlers!  

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Check out more toddler activities here and on our Pinterest board!

 

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Mixing Colors with Water Balloons

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This was a super fun art activity for a hot summer day!  We had a great time mixing colors with water balloons!  We used water colored with liquid watercolors within each balloon to create secondary colors once they were popped and mixed!

 

Here’s what you’ll need:  liquid watercolors (you can use food coloring, but it might stain clothes/hands), water balloon pumper, primary colored water balloons, water, and a dish tub or plastic container.  

 

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This is the type of liquid watercolors that we use.

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 1.  Inflate the water balloons using each individual color inside the coordinating color of water balloon.  We have this water balloon pumping station and love it because of the tie-not feature (it totally saves our hands from having to tie a million water balloons).  :)

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 2.  Find a place (outside) to begin the color-mixing fun!

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 3.  Have your child choose two colors of balloons…

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 …and pop them in whatever way he/she would like.  Stomp, squeeze, or throw!

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 4.  Swish the water around to see what color the two balloons create.

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 Little Brother thought that this activity was pretty cool.  :)

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5.  Dump out the contents each time into a larger container…

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 …and see what happens when all the colors are mixed together!

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 Be sure to check out our Sum Splat learning activity also featuring water balloons!  

Sum Splat: Learning with Water Balloons

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Water balloons are so much fun for the summer!  But besides being a great way to burn off some energy, they can also be a surprisingly good learning tool!  We used water balloons to create this sum splat game to practice some simple addition.

 

 

Here’s what you’ll need:  Water balloons, chalk, a permanent marker, and a water balloon pump.

 

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1.  Fill your water balloons with water.  We use this water balloon pump that has a tying feature (no more sore fingers!).

 

 

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 2.  Write your numerals on the balloons with a permanent marker (we did 1-5).

 

 

 

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3.  Write all of the possible sums on the pavement using sidewalk chalk.

 

 

 

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 4.  Get your balloons (and kiddos) ready.

 

 

 

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 5.  Have your child choose two balloons and add them together.

 

 

 

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 6.  Splat the sum with the water balloons!

 

 

 

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 Splat!

 

 

 

What is your favorite thing to do with water balloons?  

 

 

Simple Science Experiment for Kids: Why are there craters on the moon?

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Big Brother had his first science fair this past week!  He is still very interested in learning about outer space, so he chose (with a little direction) to do his science fair project answering the question, “Why are there craters on the moon?”

 

We created this poster detailing a simplified version of the scientific process.

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We even made a “puffy moon” using shaving cream and glue!

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Finally, we completed a simple experiment to illustrate the impact of a crater.  This post was inspired by this idea from Fumbling through Parenthood.  Instead of using the “moon sand”, I found that “cloud dough” held the shape of the “meteors” much more effectively.

Here is what you’ll need for this demonstration:  

4 cups of flour
1/2 cup of baby oil
small pebbles or rocks
Round cake pan

 

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(Don’t mind the specks of black in our “moon dough”. I attempted to color it using black liquid watercolor.  Obviously, it didn’t work.)  :)

 

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Have your child(ren) drop the pebbles onto the pan.

 

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Observe the “craters” left by the pebbles.

 

We also talked about how the moon is more susceptible to craters from space rocks than Earth.  Earth’s atmosphere will burn most meteorites and asteroids before they come in contact with Earth’s surface.  The moon, however, does not have an atmosphere to protect it!

 

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The Moon by Seymour Simon

 

 

 

What is your favorite science fair experiment???

 

 

 

Seek and Find Color Hunt

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Guest Post by Jody of Growing Book by Book

One of our favorite literacy activities to do is go on a seek and find color hunt. It’s super quick and easy to put together and will keep the little ones busy on a long walk or a trip to the store.

 

What literacy skills does a color hunt build?

  • Recognizing color words
  • Categorizing
  • Noticing details
  • Discriminating
  • Building language

Here are the materials you need to prepare your seek and find sheet.

  • a clipboard or heavy piece of cardboard
  • 1 white piece of paper
  • 6 different paint color samples or construction paper
  • writing utensil
  • tape or glue

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1. On each paint color sample or construction paper square, write the name of the color at the top. Select colors that your child needs to practice.
2. Tape or glue each square down onto the white paper.
3. Attach the sheet to a piece of cardboard or a clipboard.
4. Grab a writing utensil and you are ready to start your hide and seek color hunt.
During the hunt, children should find objects that match the colors on their sheet. They can either draw a picture or write the name of the object in the correct box on their sheet. Talking about what objects they are selecting and why they are making those choices helps build language skills. This activity works well for so many age groups!
We love to take outside walks for our hunts. We also use them on trips to the grocery store. They are a great way to keep little ones occupied while running errands. There are lots of color hunts you can take with your kids. Where else could you have kids hunt for colors?

 

Jodie Rodriguez is a National Board Certified teacher, reading specialist and administrator with over 18 years of experience. She currently stays at home with her two young sons (3 years and 21 months). Her newest adventure is the creation of the Growing Book by Book blog dedicated to helping caregivers nurture young readers. You can also connect with her on Facebook and Pinterest.