Friday, 2 September 2011

Learning colours

Here is a little game that I made for Freddy (20 months) who is really into colours at the moment.  He is pretty good with the primary colours and a few others in both Swedish and English but if he sees more than a few different colours together at the same time he gets a bit confused.

So I decided to make a little colour matching game for him....


I bought a bag of wooden egg cups (€7,90 for 8) and eggs (€5 for 10) from Buttinette in France.


I needed 6 eggs and 6 cups so the spares went into the treasure basket that I am putting together for the new baby.

I chose to paint each egg and cup in either red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple using gloss finish acrylic paint.  You can see from the photo that each egg had a small hole in the bottom which meant that I could use a wooden skewer to hold each egg as it was being painted.  All of the eggs could then be stood up in a cup to dry.  By the way you can see from the photos that I did all the painting in the middle of the night because I just couldn't sleep.


The purple and blue look very similar in these photos but they were much more different in reality.

The final step was to put together the activity for Freddy so that he would know what he had to do without being told.  I then just left it on his little table and waited to see if he would have a go (this is my new strategy). 


The verdict?  He loved it! He played on his own for a while naming the colours and then invited me to play with him at which point we both named and matched the colours over and over again.  I don't know who had more fun though me painting the eggs and egg cups or him playing with them; is Easter coming soon??



19 comments:

  1. This is too cute Rachel, thanks for sharing! I am adding this to my to do list.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I love the colored eggs and cups...this is a fun activity for presenting colors! Blessings, Karen

    ReplyDelete
  3. Thanks! It was a lot of fun! x

    ReplyDelete
  4. Hi Rachael,
    Thank you for the inspiration. I have all those materials left after my Easter Unit. Now they are going to get a new life!!!!

    Your new follower from World WIde Montessori20

    Ewa

    ReplyDelete
  5. What a wonderful DIY color-matching activity! So attractive and appealing - and only varies in color for isolation of difficulty. Thanks so much for linking up with Montessori Monday. (If you could add the Montessori Monday button, that would be awesome!) I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/LivingMontessoriNow

    ReplyDelete
  6. Great idea!! Now I just need to find the wooden eggs and holders!

    ReplyDelete
  7. What a great idea! Now I just need to find the wooden eggs and holders! Can't wait to try it!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Thank you all for your lovely comments. Milly, I hope you find them!
    Rachael
    xx

    ReplyDelete
  9. Love these, think I'll go and paint my wooden eggs and egg cups

    ReplyDelete
  10. What a lovely idea! ;-)
    Greeting from Montreal,
    PaniTanguera

    ReplyDelete
  11. Thanks Pani,
    How fabulous to have a visitor from Montreal. I understand that there is quite a strong Montessori following there?
    Rachael
    x

    ReplyDelete
  12. What a cute, cute idea! You are so clever & crafty! I bet that took some time to do!
    Thanks for linking up on Living Life Intentionally Linky Party!

    ReplyDelete
  13. love this idea, my 2 year old is still at the very beginning of learning colours (he knows the words but struggles to match them to the right colours) so I am always looking out for new ideas. I really like the egg and cup idea because its so tactile. Thanks for sharing. (found you on the Living life internationally link up)

    ReplyDelete
  14. Thanks Monko,
    This has been extremely useful for teaching colours and I hope your 2 year old likes it as much as Freddy.
    Rachael
    x

    ReplyDelete
  15. Hi Rachael,
    Just found your blog and it's fantastic! I love your ideas and esp. this one for learning colours - I have already bought some eggs and intend to paint them too but have a problem in finding safe acrylic paint? I live in London and none of the shops I visited could guarantee their safety for infants? Could you tell me what brand of paints you used?
    I would really appreciate your help! Thanks,
    Sana

    ReplyDelete
  16. Hi Sana,
    I'm so happy you found my little site.
    For paints I always use the ones from Baker Ross (www.bakerross.co.uk) as they are water based and designed for use in schools. I find this acceptable for anything painted for a toddler but if I wanted to colour wood for a baby or a child who still likes to mouth everything I would just use olive oil mixed with natural dyes such as beetroot or saffron.
    I hope this helps
    Rachael

    ReplyDelete
  17. Thanks Rachel, this is very helpful!! When my little girl is a little older (she's only 10 wks!!) I will prepare the "coloured eggs" activity you posted - genius!! In the mean time will be following your great blog closely for more fab ideas :)
    all the best !
    Sana

    ReplyDelete
  18. I'm having a hard time trying to find wooden things to make a colour game for TJ: neither eggs, nor little bowls with wooden balls to put inside. Any good cheap websites? xxx

    ReplyDelete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...