Two weeks ago I found a goldmine of Thomas trains at a local consignment store and the boys were so completely obsessed with them that I didn't even attempt to get them to do anything 'school related.' They spent hours building the tracks and pushing the trains, connecting the trains with the magnets and racing them on the floor. I'm sure they were learning, it just wasn't about the color purple!
We had a good time this week focusing on all the colors in the rainbow. It was a great review too, and I might actually continue it into next week to really reinforce the concepts of each color. Should a 20 month old be able to point to a certain color or just match something red with something else red? They really enjoyed the activities too, so continuing might not be a bad idea anyway.
I tried using the R is for Rainbow printable from Making Learning Fun with balls of Play-Doh, but should have laminated the paper first. They loved sticking the balls to the paper, but peeling it off (when they got it wrong) was a bit of a mess. In general, they love Play-Doh and anything I ask them to do with it, but filling each white hole was a little too challenging I think.
I made circles out of pipecleaners for them to match with their race cars. By the end of the week, any color matching activity I asked them to do included them putting the object in every wrong color saying 'no' before finally putting it in the right spot and leaving it there. They really do get it! We used our foam/cardboard/velcro puzzle with all the colors and shapes. I think for next week I'm going to color in the shape outlines so they can match the foam colors to the outlines. I used the back of the foam puzzle board to make a Brown Bear matching puzzle for them too, which they loved! I printed two copies of the Brown Bear lap book pieces and put half of them (rainbow colors only) under the contact paper, then added a piece of velcro to the top of it and to the backs of the second set of laminated animals. They didn't quite get the heads and tails right, but they were able to match the colors very well!
We used Ikea cups and colored popsicle sticks for another color matching activity. I love watching their brains at work - they would hold a stick over a cup and pause to see if it matched before dropping it into the right cups. They used the cups for stacking practice too. (Not pictured) we used the cups with the pipecleaners and toy cars for color matching also.
The highlight of their week (I'm sure!) was the Rainbow Cupcakes. They are time intensive, but delicious and so worth it! Just watching their faces as I cracked one open to show them the colors was awesome, and they ate every bite. Good thing we still have some left for next weeks 'reinforcement' : )
Hope you had fun this week in school too! Go to 1+1+1=1 to see what other Tot Schoolers were learning this week. If you have any more rainbow ideas for this upcoming week, pass them along or leave me a link to your blog to check out your ideas.