Inside: Preschool color matching activity using paper rolls
Have you ever tried collecting paper rolls?
They add us fast.
Like SUPER fast.
Well, my confession is that I am a paper roll hoarder. In fact, I have accumulated so many that I was able to make this color maze and still have some to spare. (Let’s keep this collection habit between just us, okay?)
What I loved about this setup, is that it gave my three-year-old some guidelines to improve his fine motor grip.
My preschooler had to only paint on one side of the paper roll which allowed him to focus and paint more carefully than usual.
As we painted, there was no exact number of each color. We just painted a few of every color and mixed up the color combinations on the paper rolls.
- Gather paper rolls of different sizes.
- Paint the ends.
- Let the tubes dry.
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Paper Rolls – large and small
Paper shopping bags to paint on
And Now, It’s Time for Some Color Matching FUN!
Begin by connecting alike colors.
Allow your preschooler to decide how they can begin.
Stumped? Try this prompt:
“I see a lot of ends that are red. Let’s see what happens when we connect the two alike colors.“
“Look! Now the end is blue. Show me which tube we can connect to the blue side.”
- Take turns placing the correct color tube on either end.
- Extend the game by talking and creating different designs.
What’s the BIG idea behind Preschool Color Matching?
By Kindergarten, children will be asked to:
- Classify objects into given categories; count the numbers of objects in each category and sort the categories by count. – Here, your preschooler is classifying color.
- Analyze and compare two- and three-dimensional shapes, in different sizes and orientations, using informal language to describe their similarities, differences, parts (e.g., number of sides and vertices/”corners”) and other attributes (e.g., having sides of equal length).
- Problem solving, collaboration, and taking turns.
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