Seek and Find Color Hunt

seek and find color hunt

 

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.

 

Shape Ornaments for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Shape Ornaments for Toddlers and Preschoolers

 

These Shape Ornaments were so simple to make and would be a great craft for toddlers and preschoolers learning to recognize shapes!  Little Brother enjoyed getting to decorate some ornaments for our tree while I was happy to sneak in a little learning.  :)

Here’s what you’ll need:  craft sticks, Elmer’s glue, paint (which we received compliments of CraftProjectIdeas.com), a paintbrush, ribbon, decorations, and a hot glue gun (or tacky glue).

 

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1.  Glue your craft sticks in the shape you wish to make.  We made a triangle for a tree and a square for a present.

 

 

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2.  Paint!

 

 

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3.  We let the first coat dry and then painted a second coat.  Let dry completely.

 

 

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4.  Start adding your embellishments.  We used leftover pom-poms from our pom-pom sorting activity.

 

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 5.  Use your hot glue gun to add the ribbon to the back (and we added a bow on the front of our square “present”).

 

 

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They look so cute on our Christmas tree!

Christmas Pom-Pom Sorting

Christmas Pom-Pom Sorting

This Christmas Pom-Pom Sorting activity is super simple and great for both cognitive and fine motor development.  Classifying and sorting according to a common attribute is an important skill for preschoolers.  We chose to sort according to size, but you could easily sort based on color as well.  The tweezers must be held in the child’s hand similarly to a pencil, so it is great pre-writing practice as well!

Here’s what you’ll need:  tweezers, various sizes and colors of pom-poms (small, medium, and large), a marker, and 3 separate containers.  

 

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1.  Dump your pom-poms into a bowl.

 

 

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2.  Let your child use the tweezers to pick up each individual pom-pom and place it in the corresponding cup (small, medium, or large).

 

 

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 Big Brother was surprisingly VERY focused on this activity…he really enjoyed it!

 

 

 

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Check out more fun Christmas activities here or on our Christmas Pinterest Board.  

Domino Addition with Dot Markers

Domino Addition with Dot Markers

 

Big Brother is learning to add, so we took the opportunity to turn a traditional game of dominoes into a fun and educational activity.  This domino addition with dot markers activity can also be used to teach the concept of odd and even numbers using two  different colors of dot markers.

 

Here’s what you’ll need:  Dominoes, Dot Markers, a regular pen or marker, and a piece of paper.

 

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 1.  Write numerals 1-12 randomly on your piece of paper.  I wrote each number 4 times.

 

 

 

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 2.  Have your child draw a domino and add the two numbers together.  Use the dot marker to mark the sum.  This is also a great time to discuss odd and even numbers–we used orange for odd numbers and blue for even numbers.

 

 

 

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 3.  Continue playing the game, marking off the sums as you play.

 

 

 

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This was a huge hit with Big Brother and an activity I foresee repeating many times.

And please excuse the gross pictures.  A cloudy, rainy day = Absolutely no natural light.  :)

 

 

 

 

Counting Sun Spots Busy Bag

Counting Sun Spots Busy Bag

 

We combined a busy bag idea and a little learning about outer space into this fun activity.  The child will count the sun spots on the sun and match them to the corresponding numeral found on the clothespin sun rays.  This counting sun spots busy bag is great for number recognition and one-to-one correspondence.

 

>>>Print off the free counting sun spots printable here. <<<

 

Here’s what you’ll need:  10 clothespins, yellow paint (we received compliments of CraftProjectIdeas.com), paintbrush, black permanent marker, and this Counting Sun Spots printable.

 

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 1.  Paint one side of the clothespin yellow and let dry.  After completely dry, paint on the other side if you choose.

 

 

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 2.  Write numerals 1-10 on each clothespin with your permanent marker.  Notice we are missing #10…I have no idea where it is and didn’t want to delay the post just because we were missing a clothespin.  :)  Print and laminate the sun spot printable (I’ve had this inexpensive laminator for a couple years now and it does a great job).

 

 

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3  Give your child the sun spot printable and clothespins.  Have him/her count the number of sun spots and attach the corresponding clothespin.

 

 

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 All done…except for #10, which is MIA.

 

 

 

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 The back has the directions and a short definition of sun spots.

 

 

 Store in a gallon-size Ziploc and save it for later!