After a long day at work, coming home and trying to come up with creative and educational activities to play with your child can sometimes be harder than you’d think. Here is one quick and easy idea that my son loves to play!
I gather some paper, crayons, or paint if I’m feeling daring, and some random toys that are all of the same color. I place all of these items on his toddler table, and in my best Celine Dion voice start to sing a little song to the tune of “Oh My Darling.”
“What’s the color, what’s the color, what’s the color of the day? Oh, tell me Aiden, what’s the color, what’s the color of the day?”
We then explore the different items on the table. We talk about how apples and tomatoes are red and I ask him what else he sees that is red. You can extend this activity out to go on a scavenger hunt around the house for other items that match the color of the day, look in favorite books, or even venture outside! We then use our crayons or paint and write out the color, practicing our letters and drawing some of the items we talked about. The last little bit of time is more of a free for all where he just goes nuts with coloring or painting.
Although it doesn’t seem like much, he gets so excited when I pick him up from daycare and tell him that we are going home to work on our Color of the Day!
This little activity is a great way to reinforce colors, numbers, and letters by counting the items of each color, naming the colors and writing out the word of the color. You are even working on increasing fine motor skills if you are using a paint brush or crayon.
I'll be sharing many more simple play ideas right here on the Piñata Blog. So tell me, what simple games and lessons do you play with your kiddos? I'm always pining for more!