I wanted to start this post with toddlers, such a beautiful age, full of energy and enthusiasm.
The truth is, a few weeks ago I did a few pictures for my master’s degree portfolio, modeling learning strategies for kids and I thought: “Perfect! I can use this for the toddlers post in the website!!” But, just you know, I don’t plan to be in the pictures anymore. (hehehehe)
I literally created this thinking of moms, actually thinking of a few friends with little kids, who don’t have time to do complicated learning activities. The materials for this activity are very simple.
For this activity you will need:
-Colorful sandwich bags (If you don’t find the colorful bags, just color the other bags with permanent marker in the front)
-Foamy squares (I used foamy for this activity because it is a light material)
Place the bags representing the different colors on a wall, open the bags, and let the kids take the foamy blocks (color blocks should be mixed) and introduce each block in the bag that matches. Encourage them to repeat the color of the block that they have in their hands.
Remember, how I explained in “How to Use This Page”, you can always modify and look for what works best for your kids.
The objectives of this activity are:
- Color identification
- Fine motor skills
Now some specifications, for their cognitive capacities:
a. If your toddler is between 12-14 months:
- Their cognitive development enables them to use one or two syllable words. In this case you could use just the name of the color: red, yellow, blue, green etc..
- Also they can follow a simple command associated with gestures, such as: “put it in the bag”, point at the bags.
b. If your toddler is between 15-18 months:
- Instead of just a few words, you can add a full sentence: red block, take the red block.
- Probably they can start doing the command without a gesture of what you mean.
c. If your toddler is between 19-24 months:
- They understand and speak more than 40 words. Example: “take the red block and put it in the bag that matches”.
- Also they’ve started to sort toys and things, so probably putting the blocks mixed in a box it is a way to help them to start sorting by themselves.
- Problem solving through experimentation becomes their ability to discover new things. Show them the activity and materials, ask them: “what do you think you need to do here?”
d. If your toddler is between 25-36 months:
- They can speak in full sentences; let them explain what they’re doing.
- They can easily learn new words, so maybe you can teach them how to say the color in another language.
- They anticipate routines, they like schedules so probably having the activity in a corner to practice for a few weeks, will be something they’ll look forward for every day.
Text: Massiel Cabrera
Revision and Editing: Natalia Aybar and Raymi Royo
Web support: Christian Castillo
Picture: Coche studio
Production: Massiel Cabrera