Friday, October 15, 2010

Tot School: Blue and Green

Tot School
Princess is 21 months old.
For the past few weeks, I have been working with the princess on colors.  Things have not been moving very quickly or smoothly - mostly because I had no idea where or how to begin.  I expressed my frustration to my husband, and he suggested I make things easier by focusing on two colors.  Previously, I had been laying out objects of various colors and attempting to get her to focus on green.  This week, I narrowed it down to blue and green, and she did so much better.

This week, we used foam shapes that I had cut out with cookie cutters.  At first, I held up two of the same objects - one green, and one blue - and asked her to take a specific color.  She did pretty well with this, but there were times when she would be looking at my face rather than the object, and she would just grab for whatever.  This idea worked best when Daddy was home and I would say "Take the green heart to Daddy".  Then she would grab the shape and go running.  She really loved that.
We moved on to "put the green airplane on the green paper". This took a little bit of time for her to get down. (I think she wanted there to be paste on the back of them. She has really been enjoying crafts at playgroup lately.)

Then I gave her the box of cutouts.  I was hoping she would continue with her sorting game.  Ha!

 The cutouts were thrown, one-by-one, over the back of the couch.  She had a good time though, yelling "weeee!" with each one.

Then I took apart a bracelet craft we had done at playgroup.  I asked her to put the green shapes on the pipe cleaner.  She enjoyed that, though it took a bit of coaching to choose the correct color.

That was Tot School for the week.  Next week, I am planning to continue teaching colors via foam shapes.  I plan to include a few more colors and bring out the crayons for some fun times.


Giggly Girls said...

Looks like lots of fun.

Probably the easiest way to teach colors is just to point out the color of things in daily life. "Oh look at the red bird. Let's put on your pink sweater."

You'll be surprised at how quickly she'll pick it up.

You can also find a lot of games to help you over at Just click on her Tot Beginnings link. She has TONS of stuff.

Madonna (Lil' Ms.P) said...

My son absolutely loves those foam shape beads! We used them for so many activities! Oh, and great idea to create you own foam shapes.

Lisa said...

What a great idea to only focus on a couple of colors! My DD is just a little bit younger than your DD, and I've been working on colors as well . . . with very little success. I think I'll try just working on a couple at a time and see how that works!

Elle Belles Bows said...

Throwing the cutouts over the back of the couch looks like something Elle would do too! Kerri