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DIY Toddler Activity – Make a Caterpillar Puzzle with Pouch Tops

DIY Toddler Activity – Make a Caterpillar Puzzle with Pouch Tops

DIY Toddler Activity – Make a Caterpillar Puzzle with Pouch Tops

DIY Toddler Activity - Make Your Own Caterpillar Puzzle for Color Learning

Your early learner is going to love this DIY toddler activity. Making your own caterpillar puzzle, is a fun way to use some of those plastic lids from food containers and put them to good use at home! Great for fine motor skills and color learning!

A Budget-Friendly DIY Toddler Activity

Since I’m a big believer in reusing things around the home, it just makes sense that using these colored lids is perfect! I hate throwing things out that have another use left in them, and this is what this puzzle proves. 

It’s a great way to test kids interest too! If you find your kiddo absolutely loves this DIY toddler activity, then it’s a good reason to invest in buying a store-bought puzzle that is more durable and long-lasting! If you find they lose interest quickly, then save the money and bring out your DIY version from time to time instead!

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Watch This DIY Toddler Activity in Action!

In this video, you’ll see my daughter (less than 2 years old at the time), enjoying this DIY puzzle. She is at a stage when she is still learning her colors. When kids don’t match the color correctly, that’s ok! This is the perfect opportunity to use our words and guide.

While kids learn colors with this puzzle, they are also majorly working on their fine motor skills and hand eye coordination by placing the caps into the receiver and twisting it open and close!

 

Watch This DIY Toddler Activity in Action!

In this video, you’ll see my daughter (less than 2 years old at the time), enjoying this DIY puzzle. She is at a stage when she is still learning her colors. When kids don’t match the color correctly, that’s ok! This is the perfect opportunity to use our words and guide.

While kids learn colors with this puzzle, they are also majorly working on their fine motor skills and hand eye coordination by placing the caps into the receiver and twisting it open and close!

 

dot the rainbow color matching activity with dot markers

More Ways to Learn Colors!

Grab this free printable Dot-the-Rainbow activity for another fun way to play and learn with colors! You can use dot stickers, dot markers, or simply color in the circles!

We have even more free printable activities that are all about learning colors while being hands on. For example, our Rainbow Color Matching Game utilizes cotton swabs, our Discover the Color activity uses cotton rounds and watercolors, and our Color Mixing bundle is filled with ways to learn color mixing that extends beyond the page!

For even more printable activities that cover lots of early childhood education skills, check them all out in our Printables section!

 

Materials

  • Cardboard Box
  • Pouch tops with the twisty bottoms
  • Tape

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Reuse a small cardboard box and on one end, cut six holes.

Step 2

Place the screw-end of a pouch top into the holes, taping them down inside the box for added security.

 

Step 3

To make the caterpillar come to life, add a googly eye and pipe cleaner antenna to the first cap. As well as legs to the body!

Step 1

Reuse a small cardboard box and on one end, cut six holes.

Step 2

Place the screw-end of a pouch top into the holes, taping them down inside the box for added security.

Step 3

To make the caterpillar come to life, add a googly eye and pipe cleaner antenna to the first cap. As well as legs to the body!

The Benefits of This DIY Toddler Activity

One of the biggest benefits of this DIY toddler activity is that it will help kids learn and match colors. Grown ups can talk about the colors, giving their names, and having the child repeat them as a way to strengthen language development and build vocabulary.

Plus, this activity also gives kids ample opportunity to work on their hand-eye coordination and their fine motor skills. Placing those pouch tops into the twisty-bottom receiver is tricky and requires a ton of concentration for young kids!

DIY Toddler Activity - Make Your Own Caterpillar Puzzle for Color Learning
DIY Toddler Activity - Make Your Own Caterpillar Puzzle for Color Learning

The Benefits of This DIY Toddler Activity

One of the biggest benefits of this DIY toddler activity is that it will help kids learn and match colors. Grown ups can talk about the colors, giving their names, and having the child repeat them as a way to strengthen language development and build vocabulary.

Plus, this activity also gives kids ample opportunity to work on their hand-eye coordination and their fine motor skills. Placing those pouch tops into the twisty-bottom receiver is tricky and requires a ton of concentration for young kids!

More Ways to Match Colors

Here are my top picks for toys you can buy that strengthen color recognition skills!

color recognition sorting rainbowa

Color Sorting Rainbow

Transfer pom poms or balls to color sort this rainbow! If you use tongs it is great for fine motor skills too! (Caution: small parts!)

rainbow wooden stacking toy for color recognition

Wooden Rainbow Stacker

This wooden rainbow stacker is  not only great for color sorting, it is also a fantastic open-ended play toy!

color sorting magnetic game color recognition

Color Sorting Maze

This wooden board has a magnetic wand and beads that can be sorted based on color! Great for fine motor skills too!

Color sorting game color recognition

Color Sort the Objects

This game is a great way to learn color recognition while strengthening language development.

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Color Matching Activity – Make Your Own Sorting Game

Color Matching Activity – Make Your Own Sorting Game

Color Matching Activity – Make Your Own Sorting Game

color matching activity with paper tubes and pom poms great for fine motor skills

Make your own color matching activity out of paper tubes and pom poms. This is a fun way to play with color recognition and fine motor skills! Keep on reading to find out how easy this activity is to make!

Where Color Matching Activity and Fine Motor Skills Collide!

This easy-to-make color matching activity is also a great way to strengthen fine motor skills. The kids will be able to use tongs and place the correct colored pom poms into the same colored tube all on their own! This is great for both finger muscles and hand-eye coordination!

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Watch This Color Matching Activity in Action! 

In this video, you’ll see how both preschoolers and toddlers can enjoy this activity! While many preschool aged kids can easily match colors, this game takes it to the next level by using tongs. This may be tricky for some kids to use, but the more they practice, the more their hand-eye coordination and finger muscles will strengthen. Toddlers who are not quite ready to use tongs yet, can use their hands to transfer the pom poms into the paper tube.

 

Watch This Color Matching Activity in Action! 

In this video, you’ll see how both preschoolers and toddlers can enjoy this activity! While many preschool aged kids can easily match colors, this game takes it to the next level by using tongs. This may be tricky for some kids to use, but the more they practice, the more their hand-eye coordination and finger muscles will strengthen. Toddlers who are not quite ready to use tongs yet, can use their hands to transfer the pom poms into the paper tube.

 

color matching activity with paper tubes and pom poms great for fine motor skills

Tips for Making This Color Matching Activity

Colors. Make paper tubes colorful by using acrylic paint, or an even faster process for grown ups to do is use spray paint!

Cardboard. Cardboard makes the best puzzle boards! It is thick and durable. But the best part? It’s a free resource if you have constant at-home deliveries like us! 

Tongs. For the added fine motor strengthening component of this activity, get some tongs that are kid-friendly! We bought a set that are for serving hors d’oeuvre – they are small and easier for kids to use.

For more color matching activities, be sure to visit our comprehensive list of ideas

 

 

Materials

  • Cardboard
  • Paper Tubes
  • Paint

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Cut toilet paper tubes in half (or leave them whole for double the filling!). Paint tubes — acrylic paint, tempera paint sticks, spray paint, whatever you have on hand!

Step 2

Glue painted tubes down to a piece of cardboard. I used hot glue since it dries super fast. For the older kids, grab a tong and set aside pom poms, or bottle caps, or erasers, anything smallish that will fit inside. And watch those fine motor skills at work!

Step 1

Cut toilet paper tubes in half (or leave them whole for double the filling!). Paint tubes — acrylic paint, tempera paint sticks, spray paint, whatever you have on hand!

Step 2

Glue painted tubes down to a piece of cardboard. I used hot glue since it dries super fast. For the older kids, grab a tong and set aside pom poms, or bottle caps, or erasers, anything smallish that will fit inside. And watch those fine motor skills at work!

Get a Free Printable and Other Fun Ways to Explore Colors!

This printable worksheet is such a fun way to learn and match colors! Be sure to read all about this hands-on, sensory-packed way of learning colors!

To dive even deeper into learning colors, you have to download our All About Colors printable bundle. We shine a light on every color of the rainbow and beyond! Each color gets a dedicated page where kiddos can dive deep into learning all the vibrant details.

These pages are hands on and fun, integrating paint, scissor skills, and games too! If your kiddo loves colors, don’t miss our full printable bundle all about colors!

discover the colors worksheet printable color matching

We also have the following free worksheets: Dot the Rainbow, Rainbow Color Match using Cotton Swabs, and our bundle that is all about Color Mixing!

discover the colors worksheet printable color matching

Get a Free Printable and Other Fun Ways to Explore Colors!

This printable worksheet is such a fun way to learn and match colors! Be sure to read all about this hands-on, sensory-packed way of learning colors!

To dive even deeper into learning colors, you have to download our All About Colors printable bundle. We shine a light on every color of the rainbow and beyond! Each color gets a dedicated page where kiddos can dive deep into learning all the vibrant details. These pages are hands on and fun, integrating paint, scissor skills, and games too! If your kiddo loves colors, don’t miss our full printable bundle all about colors!

We also have the following free worksheets: Dot the Rainbow, Rainbow Color Match using Cotton Swabs, and our bundle that is all about Color Mixing!

 

More Ways to Explore Colors

Here are more color and rainbow activities that make great gifts!

wooden rainbow color sorting toy

Color Sorting Rainbow

Transfer pom poms or balls to color sort this rainbow! If you use tongs it is great for fine motor skills too! (Caution: small parts!)

rainbow wooden stacking toy for color recognition

Wooden Rainbow Stacker

This wooden rainbow stacker is  not only great for color sorting, it is also a fantastic open-ended play toy!

color sorting magnetic game color recognition

Color Sorting Maze

This wooden board has a magnetic wand and beads that can be sorted based on color! Great for fine motor skills too!

Color sorting game color recognition

Color Sort the Objects

This game is a great way to learn color recognition while strengthening language development.

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Activity for Toddlers – Colorful Taste Safe Sensory Play With Cereal

Activity for Toddlers – Colorful Taste Safe Sensory Play With Cereal

Activity for Toddlers – Colorful Taste Safe Sensory Play With Cereal

activity for toddlers colorful taste safe cereal sensory bin

This activity for toddlers is a colorful way to use stale cereal for sensory play that is also taste safe! Keep on reading to find out how easy this is to set up! 

A Taste Safe Activity for Toddlers

This activity is not about eating the cereal! Taste-safe and edible play are not synonymous. We prefer not to do edible play because to avoid the confusion of what sensory bases are safe to eat versus not safe to eat. I want my kiddos to assume that all sensory bases are not meant to be put in the mouth! 

Therefore, this activity is taste-safe. Allowing a toddler to explore the sensory bases while learning not to put it in their mouth. Of course, if a toddler were to eat some, grown ups will know that it will not be harmful!

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How to Make This Activity for Toddlers

Watch this short video to see how easy it is to make stale cereal colorful. I want to emphasize to use stale cereal because there is no use in wasting good cereal you can eat! However, if you have cereal that would otherwise go in the trash bin, always think about how you could use it for sensory play first!

My daughter, two years old at the time, had so much fun scooping and pouring and mixing it all up!

How to Make This Activity for Toddlers

Watch this short video to see how easy it is to make stale cereal colorful. I want to emphasize to use stale cereal because there is no use in wasting good cereal you can eat! However, if you have cereal that would otherwise go in the trash bin, always think about how you could use it for sensory play first!

My daughter, two years old at the time, had so much fun scooping and pouring and mixing it all up!

activity for toddlers colorful taste safe cereal sensory bin

Tips for Setting Up This Activity for Toddlers

Bowls and Spoons. Make sure to include them in the set up! They are perfect tools for young kids to learn the practical life skill of scooping, pouring, and transferring!

Keep it stale! As mentioned above, we don’t want to encourage playing with good food that can be eaten. Instead, this is about utilizing stale cereal that would otherwise hit the trash bin!

Food Coloring. We used a gel-based food coloring as it spreads a bit more evenly. The water-based food coloring is likely to absorb too quickly into the cereal and not spread as well. Also, be sure to let the cereal dry before playing with it to avoid the color transferring to the skin. However, if it does, wash hands with baking soda as this has been an effective way to remove stains on skin.

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

In a sealed container, add 1/2 cup of cereal. We used Cheerios. Add a squirt of gel based food coloring. (It may help to squirt it to the side of the container, not directly on the cereal itself.)

Step 2

Seal the container and shake, shake, shake! Once the color is spread throughout, lay the cereal out to dry for an hour to minimize the color from transferring. Repeat for each color.

Step 1

In a sealed container, add 1/2 cup of cereal. We used Cheerios. Add a squirt of gel based food coloring. (It may help to squirt it to the side of the container, not directly on the cereal itself.)

Step 2

Seal the container and shake, shake, shake! Once the color is spread throughout, lay the cereal out to dry for an hour to minimize the color from transferring. Repeat for each color.

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The Importance of Sensory Play 

It’s important to teach kids sensory play because it teaches them to learn with their bodies’ various senses. 

This also teaches them colors as well as lets them feel the shapes of the cereal and hold the various colors with their hands. 

Teach them the importance of not putting things in their mouth without understanding that it’s safe to do so as well. 

This is one fun colorful activity that is perfect for toddlers and younger learners.

activity for toddlers colorful taste safe cereal sensory bin
activity for toddlers colorful taste safe cereal sensory bin

The Importance of Sensory Play 

It’s important to teach kids sensory play because it teaches them to learn with their bodies’ various senses. 

This also teaches them colors as well as lets them feel the shapes of the cereal and hold the various colors with their hands. 

Teach them the importance of not putting things in their mouth without understanding that it’s safe to do so as well. 

This is one fun colorful activity that is perfect for toddlers and younger learners.

 

More Sensory Bases to Explore

Beyond this taste-safe cereal activity for toddlers. Here are some more sensory bases to explore!

slime kit sensory play for kids

The Ultimate Slime and Putty Kit

This kit includes 8 fascinating varieties of slime and putty, including premade putty, magnetic slime, glow in the dark putty, and so much more.

sensory sand play for kids

Sensory Sand

Sensory sand is moldable! This bulk pack comes with enough to fill an entire bin for lasting fun! Bonus points for including a storage bin!

mad mattr sensory dough modeling dough

Modelling Dough

This modelling dough compound NEVER dries out! It is a fun texture – it is stretchy like play dough, moldable like kinetic sand, and odorless.

play dough wild dough sensory

Premium Play Dough

This play dough is the cream of the crop! It is ridiculously silky and smooth, lasts for 6 months, and is scented!

What’s Next?

Fun for Toddlers – Color Sort Game with Big Buttons

Fun for Toddlers – Color Sort Game with Big Buttons

Fun for Toddlers – Color Sort Game with Big Buttons

fun-for-toddlers-activity-diy-button-color-sorting-fine-motors

This easy-to-set-up button color sorting activity is fun for toddlers! A great way to learn colors while strengthening fine motor skills and hand eye coordination! 

Fun for Toddlers in Everyday Objects!

I’m always amazed at how fun and easy activities can be using recycled materials or everyday items. You don’t need a ton of fancy supplies or ideas to make learning fun for toddlers! 

It’s also a great way to show kids that they don’t need expensive toys to play with, either. When you can recycle supplies that you can spruce up, it teaches them that it’s completely possible to use your imagination to transform a random object!

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Watch This Button Color Sorting Activity in Action!

Even the littlest can enjoy this activity so long as you have big buttons! (Little buttons are a choking hazard and should be avoided with kids under 3 years old!).

In this video, you’ll see my daughter at 18 months. She doesn’t always color sort correctly, but it’s a great opportunity for grown ups to use language and vocabulary to support that learning. Also see how much she loves shaking the containers like a maraca!

Watch This Button Color Sorting Activity in Action!

Even the littlest can enjoy this activity so long as you have big buttons! (Little buttons are a choking hazard and should be avoided with kids under 3 years old!).

In this video, you’ll see my daughter at 18 months. She doesn’t always color sort correctly, but it’s a great opportunity for grown ups to use language and vocabulary to support that learning. Also see how much she loves shaking the containers like a maraca!

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Tips for Creating This Fun For Toddlers, Button Sorting Activity

Biggest tip is to start saving your containers! I saved any size, any height, as long as they had a lid that I could cut a slot on top! It was really as simple as that. At that point, you have options. I like to spray paint the entire container since it is such a quick process to cover the entire surface, but you can also just paint the lid with non toxic paint, or use a colorful tape around a section of the container for an even quicker set up! 

Also make sure to get the right size buttons based on your kiddo’s age. As mentioned above, small buttons are choking hazards. For kids 3 and under, large buttons are the way to go. Plus, you’ll want to get a set that includes each color as it will be fun for toddlers to match as many as they can!

 

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Use a sharp knife to cut a slot on the top of each container.

Step 2

Use paint or tape to color each container.

Step 3

Provide big, colorful buttons to sort and color match. This activity is so fun for toddlers!

Step 1

Use a sharp knife to cut a slot on the top of each container.

Step 2

Use paint or tape to color each container.

Step 3

Provide big, colorful buttons to sort and color match! This activity is so fun for toddlers!

More Fun for Toddlers!

There are so many fun and easy ways for toddlers to learn colors! It can be as simple as going on a walk and talk about the colors of the cars you pass!

Color recognition activities are so fun for toddlers that we have done many – be sure to check out our comprehensive list!

One of our favorites includes a free printable that’s a hands on way to color match using cotton rounds and colored water. 

For more printable activities, check out our full collection!

discover the colors worksheet printable color matching
discover the colors worksheet printable color matching

More Fun for Toddlers!

There are so many fun and easy ways for toddlers to learn colors! It can be as simple as going on a walk and talk about the colors of the cars you pass!

Color recognition activities are so fun for toddlers that we have done many – be sure to check out our comprehensive list!

One of our favorites includes a free printable that’s a hands on way to color match using cotton rounds and colored water. 

For more printable activities, check out our full collection!

Color Recognition Toys!

Here are my top picks for color recognition toys and gifts that are fun for toddlers!

color recognition sorting rainbow fine motor skills

Color Sorting Rainbow

Transfer pom poms or balls to color sort this rainbow! If you use tongs it is great for fine motor skills too! (Caution: small parts!)

rainbow wooden stacking toy for color recognition

Wooden Rainbow Stacker

This wooden rainbow stacker is  not only great for color sorting, it is also a fantastic open-ended play toy!

color sorting magnetic game color recognition

Color Sorting Maze

This wooden board has a magnetic wand and beads that can be sorted based on color! Great for fine motor skills too!

Color sorting game color recognition

Color Sort the Objects

This game is a great way to learn color recognition while strengthening language development.

What’s Next?

Rainbow Activity – Easy Set Up for Learning Colors

Rainbow Activity – Easy Set Up for Learning Colors

Rainbow Activity – Easy Set Up for Learning Colors

rainbow activity using dot stickers also have free printable dot the rainbow activity

This Rainbow Activity is super simple to set up! Use dot stickers on cardboard or grab our free dot-the-rainbow printable worksheet! Keep reading to get it!

Color Recognition and Fine Motor Skills Collide with This Rainbow Activity!

For obvious reasons, this DIY rainbow activity is great for learning and matching colors! A rainbow and a pack of a colorful dot stickers is a great way to display the many colors we see!

What may not be so obvious is how good this activity is for fine motor skills! Fine motor skills involve the strengthening of the muscles in the hands and fingers, and peeling and placing stickers down is a great way to practice those skills! 

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rainbow activity using dot stickers also have free printable dot the rainbow activity

A Budget Friendly Rainbow Activity 

There’s no need to go out and buy a fancy puzzle to practice learning colors and matching them! A piece of cardboard will do just fine as a makeshift puzzle board and affordable dot stickers can be used just like puzzle pieces!

Of course, if you want that fancy puzzle, go for it! There are lots of fun color-focused gifts that I’ve shared below!

 

A Budget Friendly Rainbow Activity 

There’s no need to go out and buy a fancy puzzle to practice learning colors and matching them! A piece of cardboard will do just fine as a makeshift puzzle board and affordable dot stickers can be used just like puzzle pieces!

Of course, if you want that fancy puzzle, go for it! There are lots of fun color-focused gifts that I’ve shared below!

 

rainbow activity using dot stickers also have free printable dot the rainbow activity
rainbow activity using dot stickers also have free printable dot the rainbow activity

Our Free Dot-the-Rainbow Printable Activity!

Skip the cardboard altogether and grab our free printable rainbow activity. You can use dot markers, dot stickers, paint and cotton balls, or simply color in the dots with crayon! There are lots of ways you can play and learn with this worksheet.

Our color matching game using cotton swabs is a great compliment to this activity and it also comes with a free printable to make set-up even easier for grown ups!

We have lots of other fun hands on activities for learning colors. Be sure to check out our comprehensive list

And when your kiddo is ready to dive into color mixing, you’ll have to check out another one of our free printables which has 5 creative ways to explore color mixing

 

 

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Draw an outline of a rainbow on the cardboard. 

Step 2

Grab the stickers and have the kids complete the rainbow by adding in the various colors. 

Step 1

Draw an outline of a rainbow on the cardboard. 

Step 2

Grab the stickers and have the kids complete the rainbow by adding in the various colors.

Why Playing With Stickers is Great

I think this rainbow activity really stands out because it’s the perfect combination of fine motor skills and color fun. The kids will use their finger and hand muscles to take the stickers off and then their hand-eye coordination to put the stickers on the cardboard.

This takes patience, skills, and the ability to think ahead so that they can create the rainbow from start to finish.

As they’re creating the rainbow, this is also a great time to talk about the colors and the names to develop vocabulary and language skills. 

rainbow activity using dot stickers also have free printable dot the rainbow activity
rainbow activity using dot stickers also have free printable dot the rainbow activity

Why Playing With Stickers is Great

I think this rainbow activity really stands out because it’s the perfect combination of fine motor skills and color fun. The kids will use their finger and hand muscles to take the stickers off and then their hand-eye coordination to put the stickers on the cardboard.

This takes patience, skills, and the ability to think ahead so that they can create the rainbow from start to finish.

As they’re creating the rainbow, this is also a great time to talk about the colors and the names to develop vocabulary and language skills. 

More Ways to Explore Colors

Here are more color and rainbow activities that make great gifts!

wooden rainbow color sorting toy

Color Sorting Rainbow

Transfer pom poms or balls to color sort this rainbow! If you use tongs it is great for fine motor skills too! (Caution: small parts!)

rainbow wooden stacking toy for color recognition

Wooden Rainbow Stacker

This wooden rainbow stacker is  not only great for color sorting, it is also a fantastic open-ended play toy!

color sorting magnetic game color recognition

Color Sorting Maze

This wooden board has a magnetic wand and beads that can be sorted based on color! Great for fine motor skills too!

Color sorting game color recognition

Color Sort the Objects

This game is a great way to learn color recognition while strengthening language development.

What’s Next?

Color Recognition Game – Super Easy to Set Up!

Color Recognition Game – Super Easy to Set Up!

Color Recognition Game – Super Easy to Set Up!

color recognition game pegs clothespins and dot stickers

This color recognition game is where color matching & fine motor skills collide! It is super easy to set up and you’ll only need 3 simple supplies! Keep on reading to see what we used!

Make Your Own Color Recognition Game!

Sure there are a million products out there that you could buy that will help your kiddo learn about colors, but guess what?! You can also make something simple like this in less than 5 minutes and just as well keep your little one engaged and learning! 

A pack of dot stickers and clothespins will always be handy when you have young kids because there are so many other simple DIY activities you can use them for!

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color recognition game pegs clothespins and dot stickers

Where Color Recognition Collides with Fine Motor Skills

This activity isn’t just about color recognition and matching colors. It’s also about strengthening fine motors skills

Clothespins, aka pegs, are one of those household supplies that kids love to tinker with, but are also secretly amazing at strengthening their small muscles in their hands and fingers! Spray bottles and peeling tape are other examples of household supplies that can be magic for fine motor skills!    

Where Color Recognition Collides with Fine Motor Skills

This activity isn’t just about color recognition and matching colors. It’s also about strengthening fine motors skills

Clothespins, aka pegs, are one of those household supplies that kids love to tinker with, but are also secretly amazing at strengthening their small muscles in their hands and fingers! Spray bottles and peeling tape are other examples of household supplies that can be magic for fine motor skills!    

color recognition game pegs clothespins and dot stickers
learn and teach colors with this free printable worksheet for kids printable

Printable Worksheets All About Colors!

This printable bundle is all about learning and teaching colors!

The pages shine a light on every color of the rainbow and beyond! Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, brown, black, gray, and white to be exact! Each color gets a dedicated page where kiddos can dive deep into learning all about the vibrant details.

This bundle all about color recognition is hands on and fun, integrating paint, scissor skills, and games too! 

If you are looking for more ways to supplement your playful learning, definitely take some time to explore our other bundles as well as lots of our free worksheets!

Also don’t miss our comprehensive list, full of activities all about colors!

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Put the stickers onto a piece of leftover cardboard. I actually used the cardboard from a book of watercolor paper that we finished using. The cardboard backing is so strong and sturdy!

Step 2

Have the kids play the color recognition game, and match the clothespins to the stickers. The smaller the clothespins, the trickier they are to use. If your kiddo gets tired, take a break and finish later!

Step 1

Put the stickers onto a piece of leftover cardboard. I actually used the cardboard from a book of watercolor paper that we finished using. The cardboard is so strong and sturdy!

Step 2

Have the kids play the color recognition game, and match the clothespins to the stickers. The smaller the clothespins, the trickier they are to use. If your kiddo gets tired, take a break and finish later!

The Importance of Recognizing Colors

Being able to recognize and communicate colors, is an essential part of language development in early childhood education!

While doing this color recognition activity, talk to your kids about the various colors, have them repeat the names of the colors, and then have them think about other items that are of the same colors. This is a way to expand the activity and make it a learning experience that they can build on and use in the future.

color recognition game pegs clothespins and dot stickers
color recognition game pegs clothespins and dot stickers

The Importance of Recognizing Colors

Being able to recognize and communicate colors, is an essential part of language development in early childhood education!

While doing this color recognition activity, talk to your kids about the various colors, have them repeat the names of the colors, and then have them think about other items that are of the same colors. This is a way to expand the activity and make it a learning experience that they can build on and use in the future.

More Ways to Match Colors

Here are my top picks for toys you can buy that strengthen color recognition skills!

color recognition sorting rainbowa

Color Sorting Rainbow

Transfer pom poms or balls to color sort this rainbow! If you use tongs it is great for fine motor skills too! (Caution: small parts!)

rainbow wooden stacking toy for color recognition

Wooden Rainbow Stacker

This wooden rainbow stacker is  not only great for color sorting, it is also a fantastic open-ended play toy!

color sorting magnetic game color recognition

Color Sorting Maze

This wooden board has a magnetic wand and beads that can be sorted based on color! Great for fine motor skills too!

Color sorting game color recognition

Color Sort the Objects

This game is a great way to learn color recognition while strengthening language development.

What’s Next?

Wreath Craft – Genius Re-Use of Old, Colorful Magazines

Wreath Craft – Genius Re-Use of Old, Colorful Magazines

Wreath Craft – Genius Way to Recycle and Re-Use Old, Colorful Magazines

making a wreath craft

This wreath craft is a fun way for kids to create festive door decor using simple supplies – just cardboard, glue, and old magazines! Whether you want to add some kid-made wreaths to the front door during holiday season or not, this is an awesome way to create one!

Why a Magazine-Made Wreath Craft is Awesome!

First and foremost, recycling is a great way to show the kids how fun repurposing can be! Kids will learn how to think outside the box and tap into their creativity even with the simplest household items.

Plus, kids will have fun looking through old magazines and picking out colors that they want to use to make their very own wreath. You could make one in all the colors of the rainbow (like my son did!), make it in Autumn colors for Thanksgiving-time, or green and red, or blue and white for a festive holiday look!

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Wreath Craft Collides with Scissor Skill Strengthening

Using scissors to make the cuttings is fantastic for fine motor skills!

This is a great opportunity for them to learn how to hold the scissors correctly and really work on cutting out the colors that they want on their wreath.

For young kids, the beauty of pasting the wreath craft pieces into a collage like this means that the cuttings and angles don’t need to be perfect and it will still look really awesome! 

If you are looking for more ways to encourage scissor skills try our free printable haircut worksheet!

Wreath Craft Collides with Scissor Skill Strengthening

Using scissors to make the cuttings is fantastic for fine motor skills!

This is a great opportunity for them to learn how to hold the scissors correctly and really work on cutting out the colors that they want on their wreath.

For young kids, the beauty of pasting the wreath craft pieces into a collage like this means that the cuttings and angles don’t need to be perfect and it will still look really awesome! 

If you are looking for more ways to encourage scissor skills try our free printable haircut worksheet!

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wreath craft tray of colors

How to Set Up A Recycled Magazine Wreath Craft

It couldn’t be more simple! Just grab a bunch of magazines that haven’t been opened in ages and that you don’t mind parting with. Then, task the kiddos with finding and sorting all the different colors! They can even sort them into a sectioned tray like we did! 

When preparing the backbone of the wreath, we used some old cardboard. Depending on the age of your kid, it can be tricky to cut a circle shape out with a hole in the middle, so an adult may have to do this part.

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Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Grab some old magazines that you don’t mind having the kids cut up!

Step 2

Make a color plan – do you want all the colors of the rainbow, or something festive, or just pick and choose freely?

Step 3

Task the kiddos with cutting out the colors of their choice and then sorting them in a tray if you’d like.

Step 4

While the kiddos are cutting and sorting, a grown up can use a sharp craft knife to cut a piece of cardboard with a hole in the center to be the backbone of the wreath craft.

Step 5

Use glue to stick on the recycled pieces of magazine paper!

Step 6

Once dry, display the final product up on the door!

Step 1

Grab some old magazines that you don’t mind having the kids cut up!

Step 2

Make a color plan – do you want all the colors of the rainbow, or something festive, or just pick and choose freely?

Step 3

Task the kiddos with cutting out the colors of their choice and then sorting them in a tray if you’d like.

Step 4

While the kiddos are cutting and sorting, a grown up can use a sharp craft knife to cut a piece of cardboard with a hole in the center to be the backbone of the wreath craft.

Step 5

Use glue to stick on the recycled pieces of magazine paper!

Step 6

Once dry, display the final product up on the door!

Beyond Making a Wreath Craft

Making a wreath craft my look simple, but we love how it taught the kids so many different things. Not only does it work on their scissor cutting skills, but it is a wonderful way to learn and sort colors, and simply be creative! 

Fine motor skills will also be worked on when they pick up and stick the cut-out pieces of paper. See if they can make a fun pattern or design, or let them explain to you the process as they’re working through it – a great way to build language and vocabulary!

Last but not least, talk to them about what other items in the house can be used to create something new. 

making a wreath craft

This is a great way to have them thinking outside the box and, in the end, find ways to cut down on waste and reuse, recycle, and repurpose!

making a wreath craft

Beyond Making a Wreath Craft

What we really loved about this craft is that it taught the kids so many different things. Not only does it work on their scissor cutting skills, but it is a wonderful way to learn and sort colors, and simply be creative! 

Fine motor skills will also be worked on when they pick up and stick the cut-out pieces of paper. See if they can make a fun pattern or design, or let them explain to you the process as they’re working through it – a great way to build language and vocabulary!

Last but not least, talk to them about what other items in the house can be used to create something new. This is a great way to have them thinking outside the box and, in the end, find ways to cut down on waste and reuse, recycle, and repurpose!

More Ways to Explore Artistic Mediums

Here are my top picks for arts and crafts kits that encourage hands on creations!

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Water Marbling Kit

Create beautiful marbled art with this easy to use kit. This is water based art and comes with all the tools needed to create 10 masterpieces!

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Spin and Spiral Art

This fun kit allows kiddos to explore both spin art and spiral art. The kit comes with 3 spiro gears, 6 markers, 3 ink bottles, 15 paper discs, and an art station base.

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Sand Art Kit

This sand art kit comes with 8 different colors of sand to create sand bottles and pendant bottles. A great way to discover art through a different medium!

arts and crafts kit string art

String Art Kit

This kit is a fun way for kids to create and display amazing shapes and designs artistically made with string.  Use a pattern included in the kit or create your own!

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Teaching Colors to Toddlers – Make Cotton Vibrant

Teaching Colors to Toddlers – Make Cotton Vibrant

Teaching Colors to Toddlers – Make Cotton Rounds Vibrant

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Teaching colors to toddlers has never been more fun with this color matching worksheet that makes ordinary cotton rounds turn vibrant! Your little one will love this match-the-color activity. It’s a simple way to help them figure out how to sort colors based on real world objects they are already familiar with.

Where Teaching Toddlers Colors and Fine Motor Skills Collide

Whether you decide to use a paint brush or droppers, both of these tools are great for fine motor strengthening! Babies are not born with fine motor skills, but doing fun activities like this will help them tremendously in gaining this valuable and necessary skill! For more information about what fine motor skills are and why they are important, read all about it here.

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Teaching Colors to Toddlers Made Easy!

There’s nothing hard about setting up this activity! Watch to see just how easy it is in this video. All you need is our free printable (read on to get it!), plus some ordinary cotton rounds to be colored! 

Be sure to integrate lots of language development during this activity as well. In other words, talk about the colors and the items. For example, ask your little one what color the turtle is, and repeat the correct response to reinforce that vocabulary!

Teaching Colors to Toddlers Made Easy!

There’s nothing hard about setting up this activity! Watch to see just how easy it is in this video. All you need is our free printable (read on to get it!), plus some ordinary cotton rounds to be colored! 

Be sure to integrate lots of language development during this activity as well. In other words, talk about the colors and the items. For example, ask your little one what color the turtle is, and repeat the correct response to reinforce that vocabulary!

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Tips for Making This Discover the Colors Activity 

Budget Friendly Printer. We love the Canon PIXMA MegaTank Printers because they are budget-friendly and produce super vibrant colors! Its refillable MegaTank ink system prints up to 6,000 black / 7,700 color pages from one set of ink bottles— that’s 30 times what you can print with a conventional ink cartridge set!

Choice of Color. We love liquid watercolor because you can dilute it significantly and still have incredibly vibrant colors – lots more bang for your buck than food coloring! You could also simply use a paintbrush and watercolors too!

Laminate. I would highly recommend using a laminator because this is an activity your little one is going to want to do over and over again! Just swap out the colored cotton swabs for a fresh one and toddlers and preschoolers can keep on learning colors over and over again!

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Print out our free printable worksheet and laminate for multiple uses. 

Step 2

Use double-sided tape to stick cotton rounds inside the circles on the worksheet.

Step 3

Dilute liquid watercolor with water in individual containers and provide large droppers. Alternatively, provide a liquid watercolor set and paint brush.

Step 4

Task your kiddo with using a dropper to soak up the liquid watercolor and drop it onto the correct cotton pads.

Step 1

Print out our free printable worksheet and laminate for multiple uses. 

Step 2

Use double-sided tape to stick cotton rounds inside the circles on the worksheet.

Step 3

Dilute liquid watercolor with water in individual containers and provide large droppers. Alternatively, provide a liquid watercolor set and paint brush.

Step 4

Task your kiddo with using a dropper to soak up the liquid watercolor and drop it onto the correct cotton pads.

discover the colors worksheet printable color matching

Get the Free Printable and Other Fun Ways to Explore Colors!

This printable worksheet is such a fun way to learn and match colors! For an alternative, mess-free, way to play with this worksheet you could split a cotton pad in half and color the top of one layer with washable markers. Then, cover the colored half with the plain half so that the color is hidden! Give your kiddo water and a dropper to pour on top of the cotton pads to discover the colors!

To dive even deeper into learning colors, you have to download our All About Colors printable bundle. We shine a light on every color of the rainbow and beyond! Each color gets a dedicated page where kiddos can dive deep into learning all the vibrant details. These pages are hands on and fun, integrating paint, scissor skills, and games too! If your kiddo loves colors, don’t miss our full printable bundle all about colors!

We also have the following free worksheets: Dot the Rainbow, Rainbow Color Match using Cotton Swabs, and our bundle that is all about Color Mixing!

 

Beyond Teaching Toddlers Colors

This activity is not only a perfect way for toddlers and preschoolers to learn colors, but it’s great for fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination as well. Using droppers may look easy, but it is quite tricky for young kids! Squeezing the dropper and picking up the water takes a lot of coordination while strengthening pincer grasp.

Whether using a dropper or paint brush, both tools provide excellent practice for aim and precision. Utilizing hand-eye coordination, kids will learn how to get the color to fall directly on the cotton rounds. 

And as mentioned above, this activity is a great opportunity for language development. Talk about the colors. Talk about the objects. Repeat your child when they say the color to emphasize the vocabulary!

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Also talk to them about how the water disperses through the pad and “bleeds” into other areas. This will be a great way to show them that science and learning can be so much fun! 

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Beyond Teaching Toddlers Colors

This activity is not only a perfect way for toddlers and preschoolers to learn colors, but it’s great for fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination as well. Using droppers may look easy, but it is quite tricky for young kids! Squeezing the dropper and picking up the water takes a lot of coordination while strengthening pincer grasp.

Whether using a dropper or paint brush, both tools provide excellent practice for aim and precision. Utilizing hand-eye coordination, kids will learn how to get the color to fall directly on the cotton rounds. 

And as mentioned above, this activity is a great opportunity for language development. Talk about the colors. Talk about the objects. Repeat your child when they say the color to emphasize the vocabulary!

More Ways to Match Colors

Here are my top picks for toys you can buy that strengthen color recognition skills!

wooden rainbow color sorting toy

Color Sorting Rainbow

Transfer pom poms or balls to color sort this rainbow! If you use tongs it is great for fine motor skills too! (Caution: small parts!)

rainbow wooden stacking toy for color recognition

Wooden Rainbow Stacker

This wooden rainbow stacker is  not only great for color sorting, it is also a fantastic open-ended play toy!

color sorting magnetic game

Color Sorting Maze

This wooden board has a magnetic wand and beads that can be sorted based on color! Great for fine motor skills too!

Color sorting game

Color Sort the Objects

This game is a great way to learn color recognition while strengthening language development.

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Colorful Popsicles – Quick & Easy Recipe Kids Will Love!

Colorful Popsicles – Quick & Easy Recipe Kids Will Love!

Colorful Popsicles – Quick & Easy Recipe Kids Will Love!

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These colorful popsicles are so easy to make! Follow my simple hack for creating perfectly layered popsicles and you’ll be making them in no time!

Colorful Popsicles Made Easy

What I love most about this simple popsicle recipe is that it’s fast and easy to do. The kids are going to be amazed that a treat as fun-looking and as delicious as this can be made right in your very own kitchen in minutes. Perfect for the summer heat or just a great way to have a day dedicated to all things rainbow. 

I use two ingredients in this recipe – yogurt and food coloring – but if your child has an allergy to food coloring or you prefer to not prepare foods with it in general, you can always use my popsicle layering hack with natural fruit-based coloring instead!

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How To Create These Colorful Popsicles

In this video you’ll see how quick and easy it is to make colorful popsicles in every color of the rainbow! You can use this technique for special occasions too like Independence Day with red, white and blue, or Christmas with red and green!

To make the perfect layers, all you need is a medicine dropper! It collects the perfect amount of yogurt, and allows you to dispense it slowly and directly to make even layers that look beautiful!

How To Create These Colorful Popsicles

In this video you’ll see how quick and easy it is to make colorful popsicles in every color of the rainbow! You can use this technique for special occasions too like Independence Day with red, white and blue, or Christmas with red and green! 

To make the perfect layers, all you need is a medicine dropper! It collects the perfect amount of yogurt, and allows you to dispense it slowly and directly to make even layers that look beautiful!

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Tips for Making These Rainbow Popsicles

Food Coloring Choice. While my family does not have allergic reactions to food coloring, we are comfortable with adding it to food occasionally. But when possible, I make sure to choose a food coloring brand that uses natural fruits, vegetables, and roots instead of artificial coloring.

If you prefer to not use coloring at all, you can integrate natural foods and vegetables yourself to make colorful popsicles. For example, blueberry puree added to yogurt will make a purple color, strawberry puree added to yogurt will make a pink color, and turmeric added to yogurt will make a yellow color.

Yogurt Choice. Make sure the texture of the yogurt is not too thin and not too thick! It is important that the layers can easily be sucked up into the medicine dropper, but also sturdy enough that they stay as separate layers once dispensed into the popsicle mold!

 

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Split yogurt into six bowls.

Step 2

Add a small drop of food coloring, just a tad will do!

Step 3

Use your medicine dropper to layer each color in one at a time!

Step 4

Freeze overnight and enjoy!

Step 1

Split yogurt into six bowls.

Step 2

Add a small drop of food coloring, just a tad will do!

Step 3

Use your medicine dropper to layer each color in one at a time!

Step 4

Freeze overnight and enjoy!

Eat and Learn with these Rainbow Popsicles

Colorful popsicles are a great way to talk about the various colors of the rainbow. You can also introduce or reinforce the concept of patterning with this popsicle-making technique.

Get the kiddos involved. This can be a fun sensory-based way for kids to work on their hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills as they help to mix the coloring and then fill the popsicle molds with the ingredients.

Don’t forget to also talk to them about how natural foods can be used as a food coloring in place of food dyes. This is a great way to discuss how food items can be used in a lot of different ways as well.

colorful popsicles rainbow layers frozen yogurt snack for kids

If your kiddo loves all things rainbow, be sure to check out our comprehensive list of activities all about color recognition!

colorful popsicles rainbow layers frozen yogurt snack for kids

Eat and Learn with these Rainbow Popsicles

Colorful popsicles are a great way to talk about the various colors of the rainbow. You can also introduce or reinforce the concept of patterning with this popsicle-making technique.

Get the kiddos involved. This can be a fun sensory-based way for kids to work on their hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills as they help to mix the coloring and then fill the popsicle molds with the ingredients.

Don’t forget to also talk to them about how natural foods can be used as a food coloring in place of food dyes. This is a great way to discuss how food items can be used in a lot of different ways as well.

If your kiddo loves all things rainbow, be sure to check out our comprehensive list of activities all about color recognition!

More Ways to Explore Colors!

Here are my top picks for toys and games that strengthen color recognition skills!

rainbow wooden stacking toy for color recognition

Wooden Rainbow Stacker

This wooden rainbow stacker is  not only great for color sorting, it is also a fantastic open-ended play toy!

color recognition sorting rainbowa

Color Sorting Rainbow

Transfer pom poms or balls to color sort this rainbow! If you use tongs it is great for fine motor skills too! (Caution: small parts!)

color sorting magnetic game color recognition

Color Sorting Maze

This wooden board has a magnetic wand and beads that can be sorted based on color! Great for fine motor skills too!

Color sorting game color recognition

Color Sort the Objects

This game is a great way to learn color recognition while strengthening language development.

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Teaching Toddlers Colors – Fireworks Inspired Activity

Teaching Toddlers Colors – Fireworks Inspired Activity

Teaching Toddlers Colors – Fireworks Inspired Activity

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Teaching toddlers colors doesn’t have to be complicated! This simple set up requires minimal supplies and time to set up. Plus whether you are celebrating Independence Day or New Year’s Eve, this is a festive way to get in the holiday spirit!

Not only that, but it also helps with fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination too. Read below on how to set up this color matching activity and to grab our free printable version!

An Simple Way for Teaching Toddlers Colors

Gaining confidence and learning how to match colors is a skill that is important for toddlers to learn. Instead of just sitting down at a table and reading through the process, why not create an interactive, hands on way to approach to teaching colors to kids? I love how this simple pom pom activity will help kiddos visually recognize matching colors and use their senses to put them into place.

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Watch How Fun it is Teaching Toddlers Colors!

Here’s how you can make and play with this fireworks color matching activity. In this video, you’ll see how fast and straightforward this idea can come together to create a fun and interactive learning experience for your child.

Not celebrating the 4th of July or New Years? You can alter this activity if you don’t want to use it as fireworks, and just turn them into squiggly spiders instead!

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Watch How Fun it is Teaching Toddlers Colors!

Here’s how you can make and play with this fireworks color matching activity. In this video, you’ll see how fast and straightforward this idea can come together to create a fun and interactive learning experience for your child.

Not celebrating the 4th of July or New Years? You can alter this activity if you don’t want to use it as fireworks, and just turn them into squiggly spiders instead!

All activities should be supervised by an adult. Pom poms can be small parts and a choking hazard. They can be sold in larger sizes to prevent risks. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

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How to Set Up This Activity, Plus Grab the Free Printable!

Not only is this activity educational, but it’s just full of magical and sticky fun as well. My kids loved this activity because the vertical set up made it super engaging. By keeping the set up vertical, you’ll need to grab some kind of adhesive paper or tape!

And even though this activity is super simple to put together, we totally understand that grown ups are busy! So we created a free printable version of this activity! There are lots of ways to play with it – use dot markers, or even practice using tongs to place poms poms on top! Also try these free printables: Dot the Rainbow, Rainbow Color Match, and 5 Hands on Color Mixing Activities.

Teaching toddlers colors is one of our most favorite things – so be sure to check out our comprehensive list of color learning ideas!

Materials

What is adhesive paper?

Adhesive paper (the Con-Tact brand for exaple) is typically used for covering surfaces and lining things like drawers and shelves, but it’s also an excellent tool for play activities! I use this all the time for crafts, and it’s just so slick and easy to set up.

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Draw fireworks in various colors on the non-sticky side of the transparent adhesive paper.

Step 2

Remove the paper backing to reveal the sticky size of the adhesive paper.

 

Step 3

For a vertical set up, tape the paper to the wall, sticky side up.

Step 4

Provide pom-poms and task your kiddo to match them with the correct firework! 

Step 1

Draw fireworks in various colors on the non-sticky side of the transparent adhesive paper.

Step 2

Remove the paper backing to reveal the sticky size of the adhesive paper.

Step 3

For a vertical set up, tape the paper to the wall, sticky side up.

Step 4

Provide pom-poms and task your kiddo to match them with the correct firework! 

Educational Benefits for Sticky Fireworks

This is all about teaching toddlers colors. Whether just beginning, or continuing to exercise established color recognition skills, this is a fun way to match and identify colors. Always integrate opportunities for language development by saying the names of each of the colors, and asking your kiddo to repeat them. 

Plus, use this simple fireworks craft as a great way to work on fine motor skills. In addition to learning their colors, they’ll be able to work on picking up the pom pom balls with their pincer grasp and apply them directly to the adhesive paper. This action is perfect for hand-eye coordination.

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teaching-toddlers-colors-firework-inspired

Educational Benefits for Sticky Fireworks

This is all about teaching toddlers colors. Whether just beginning, or continuing to exercise established color recognition skills, this is a fun way to match and identify colors. Always integrate opportunities for language development by saying the names of each of the colors, and asking your kiddo to repeat them. 

Plus, use this simple fireworks craft as a great way to work on fine motor skills. In addition to learning their colors, they’ll be able to work on picking up the pom pom balls with their pincer grasp and apply them directly to the adhesive paper. This action is perfect for hand-eye coordination.

More Ways to Match Colors

Here are my top picks for toys you can buy that strengthen color recognition skills!

color recognition sorting rainbowa

Color Sorting Rainbow

Transfer pom poms or balls to color sort this rainbow! If you use tongs it is great for fine motor skills too! (Caution: small parts!)

rainbow wooden stacking toy for color recognition

Wooden Rainbow Stacker

This wooden rainbow stacker is  not only great for color sorting, it is also a fantastic open-ended play toy!

color sorting magnetic game color recognition

Color Sorting Maze

This wooden board has a magnetic wand and beads that can be sorted based on color! Great for fine motor skills too!

Color sorting game color recognition

Color Sort the Objects

This game is a great way to learn color recognition while strengthening language development.

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Color Matching Game – Cotton Swab Rainbow

Color Matching Game – Cotton Swab Rainbow

Color Matching Game – Cotton Swab Rainbow

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This color matching game using cotton swabs is a fun way to learn colors while strengthening fine motor skills. It’s a budget-friendly way to make your own puzzle using an old box and cotton swabs. You can draw your own patterns, or grab our free printables to tape on top! Read on below to get it!

A Color Matching Game You Can Make!

The best part about this simple craft is that it’s so easy to do. Our printable comes with 4 different images, all of which showcase each color in the rainbow! Setting it up is a fast way to have the kids working on something beautiful, creative, and fun. They’ll really enjoy the process and won’t even realize that they’re working on their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination at the same time!

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How to Make This Color Matching Game

In this video you’ll see how easy this game is to create! Grabbing our free printable images will make the set-up process even quicker! This makes it super simple to print out and have the kids start working on their color matching skills right away! 

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How to Make This Color Matching Game

In this video you’ll see how easy this game is to create! Grabbing our free printable images will make the set-up process even quicker! This makes it super simple to print out and have the kids start working on their color matching skills right away! 

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

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Free Printable Sheets for Cotton Swab Puzzle Making!

Our free printable pages come with 4 different ways to explore the colors in the rainbow! It includes a peacock, chameleon, bouquet of flowers, and of course, a rainbow!

We used an old cardboard box, but you could also use some styrofoam if you have some leftover from packaging! There are a few ways you can color the cotton swabs – I made things easy and quick-drying with a non toxic marker. You could also dip them in paint or watercolor and allow them to dry.

Also, make sure to grab a screw driver because it is a great tool for making small holes!

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

On an old box or piece of styrofoam, tape one of our free printable images. You can also draw something else of your choice!

Step 2

Use a screw driver to poke holes.

Step 3

Color the tips of the cotton swabs with various colors, and cut in half.

Step 4

The game is ready to start matching up the colors!

Step 1

On an old box or piece of styrofoam, tape one of our free printable images. You can also draw something else of your choice!

Step 2

Use a screw driver to poke holes.

Step 3

Color the tips of the cotton swabs with various colors, and cut in half.

Step 4

The game is ready to start matching up the colors!

color mixing printable worksheet for kids

More Ways to Explore Colors!

If your kiddo asking questions like – red and white make what color? You can’t miss our printable Hands on Color Mixing Activities. This printable set has 5 unique activities for exploring color mixing!

Enjoy coloring and distinguishing each of the colors in the rainbow! Then, learn all about what happens when primary colors mix to form secondary colors. Next, learn about shades (making colors darker) and tints (making colors lighter). And finally, go over all those concepts in a final round up review!

Plus, don’t miss our fun Dot the Rainbow activity for toddlers! 

 

The Educational Benefits of This Cotton Swab Rainbow

One of the most significant benefits of this cotton swab craft is that it’s an easy way to help kids learn and be able to match colors. This is geared toward early learners but older kids will enjoy it as well. My four year old had a blast putting all the pieces together!

It’s also a great way to strengthen hand muscles and fine motor skills. Fine motor skill development is critical for your kids! Through this activity, as kids pick up the cotton swabs and put them in the colored areas, they are exercising hand-eye coordination, pincer grasp, and strengthening finger and hand muscles. 

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 Fine motor skills is a skill we often incorporate into activities. Here is our full list of fun ways to strengthen find motor skills!

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The Educational Benefits of This Cotton Swab Rainbow

One of the most significant benefits of this cotton swab craft is that it’s an easy way to help kids learn and be able to match colors. This is geared toward early learners but older kids will enjoy it as well. My four year old had a blast putting all the pieces together!

It’s also a great way to strengthen hand muscles and fine motor skills. Fine motor skill development is critical for your kids! Through this activity, as kids pick up the cotton swabs and put them in the colored areas, they are exercising hand-eye coordination, pincer grasp, and strengthening finger and hand muscles. Fine motor skills is a skill we often incorporate into activities. Here is our full list of fun ways to strengthen find motor skills!

More Ways to Match Colors

Here are my top picks for toys you can buy that strengthen color recognition skills!

wooden rainbow color sorting toy

Color Sorting Rainbow

Transfer pom poms or balls to color sort this rainbow! If you use tongs it is great for fine motor skills too! (Caution: small parts!)

rainbow wooden stacking toy for color recognition

Wooden Rainbow Stacker

This wooden rainbow stacker is  not only great for color sorting, it is also a fantastic open-ended play toy!

color sorting magnetic game

Color Sorting Maze

This wooden board has a magnetic wand and beads that can be sorted based on color! Great for fine motor skills too!

Color sorting game

Color Sort the Objects

This game is a great way to learn color recognition while strengthening language development.

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Oobleck Experiment – Everything You Need to Know!

Oobleck Experiment – Everything You Need to Know!

Oobleck Experiment – Everything You Need to Know!

oobleck science experiment with corn starch and water

Have you ever heard of oobleck, also known as goop? It is one of the coolest sensory bases! This oobleck experiment only take a few minutes to set up, but will results in such lasting fun and playtime! Since the ingredients are non toxic it is safe for even the littlest of toddlers, but still so fun for older kids! Keep on reading for all the details you ever need to know about oobleck!

Oobleck Experiment – Discovering a Non Newtonian Fluid

If you are looking to do a fun messy sensory play activity with your little one, then this oobleck experiment is for you! The consistency of this rainbow oobleck is the best! It’s both a liquid and a solid depending on how you play with it. This type of fluid is called Non Newtonian.

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How to Make This Oobleck Experiment

 

Oobleck is simply the combination of water and corn starch. You can also make it more vibrant by adding in a pop of color. Make one color, or make them all like we did! Once I made the rainbow oobleck (see the how-to below!), I added it to one bin, then added some water into the other bin. The bin of water is critical! Even my mess-loving kids still want to clean their hands after playing with this ooey gooey oobleck! Having the water nearby was a lifesaver because my kiddos can easily wash his hands when they got too sticky and then keep on playing!

How to Make This Oobleck Experiment

Oobleck is simply the combination of water and corn starch. You can also make it more vibrant by adding in a pop of color. Make one color, or make them all like we did! Once I made the rainbow oobleck (see the how-to below!), I added it to one bin, then added some water into the other bin. The bin of water is critical! Even my mess-loving kids still want to clean their hands after playing with this ooey gooey oobleck! Having the water nearby was a lifesaver because my kiddos can easily wash his hands when they got too sticky and then keep on playing!

oobleck science experiment with corn starch and water

Tips on Making and Disposing Oobleck

What color to use? Making oobleck is so simple, it only takes a few minutes! When adding color, I prefer to use diluted liquid watercolor because it is washable! Using it prevents stubborn stains that are more likely with food coloring. When mixing in the color, I like to add the color first to the water as it is easier to mix in!

Should I use a 1:1 ratio? Lots of recipes will say to do a one to one ratio of corn starch to water. However, since I add the color into the water, I prefer to slowly add the water into the corn starch mixture. Stop adding the water when the mixture can be squeezed into a solid and then turns into a liquid when your palm is open.

Mixture too soupy or too hard? If your mixture is not turning into a solid when squeezed, just add a little more corn starch. If your mixture is too hard and not turning into a liquid when held in a relaxed hand, then add a little water!

Tips on Making and Disposing Oobleck

What color to use? Making oobleck is so simple, it only takes a few minutes! When adding color, I prefer to use diluted liquid watercolor because it is washable! Using it prevents stubborn stains that are more likely with food coloring. When mixing in the color, I like to add the color first to the water as it is easier to mix in!

Should I use a 1:1 ratio? Lots of recipes will say to do a one to one ratio of corn starch to water. However, since I add the color into the water, I prefer to slowly add the water into the corn starch mixture. Stop adding the water when the mixture can be squeezed into a solid and then turns into a liquid when your palm is open.

Mixture too soupy or too hard? If your mixture is not turning into a solid when squeezed, just add a little more corn starch. If your mixture is too hard and not turning into a liquid when held in a relaxed hand, then add a little water!

If I make all the colors in one bin, will they mix up? Yes they will! To avoid all of your beautiful colors immediately combining into a green or brown, use separate containers. One of my kids favorite. setups was when I made only the primary colors in separate bins and then they experimented with color mixing and creating secondary colors.

What if my kid tastes the oobleck? When using food coloring, oobleck is taste-safe. However, your child will quickly realize it tastes disgusting! As with all sensory bases, do not encourage tasting and always supervise.

How do I clean oobleck up? For these types of activities, it’s best if you set them up outside for easy clean up. I literally just hose everything down. It is safe for the grass. If playing outdoor is not an option, place some towels on the ground. Mix what is left of the oobleck with enough hot water to completely dilute it. With the water running in the sink, add small amounts of the mixture at a time to avoid the cornstarch from re-solidfying and clogging the drain. For oobleck on the floor, it can be easily wiped up or vacuumed when dried.

Can I store oobleck for later? Yes, you can store it in an air tight container. However, the cornstarch will separate from the water so it will have to be remixed. Discard if black dots are visible as this is mold.

If I make all the colors in one bin, will they mix up? Yes they will! To avoid all of your beautiful colors immediately combining into a green or brown, use separate containers. One of my kids favorite. setups was when I made only the primary colors in separate bins and then they experimented with color mixing and creating secondary colors.

What if my kid tastes the oobleck? When using food coloring, oobleck is taste-safe. However, your child will quickly realize it tastes disgusting! As with all sensory bases, do not encourage tasting and always supervise.

 

How do I clean oobleck up? For these types of activities, it’s best if you set them up outside for easy clean up. I literally just hose everything down. It is safe for the grass. If playing outdoor is not an option, place some towels on the ground. Mix what is left of the oobleck with enough hot water to completely dilute it. With the water running in the sink, add small amounts of the mixture at a time to avoid the cornstarch from re-solidfying and clogging the drain. For oobleck on the floor, it can be easily wiped up or vacuumed when dried.

Can I store oobleck for later? Yes, you can store it in an air tight container. However, the cornstarch will separate from the water so it will have to be remixed. Discard if black dots are visible as this is mold.

Materials

  • Water for mixture
  • Water for separate hand-washing bin

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Place 1 cup of corn starch in a bowl.

Step 2

Measure 1 cup of water and add in your color.

 

Step 3

Gradually add the water to the corn starch, but do not add all at one time. You’ll want to slowly mix it in so as not to add too much water. The mixture is ready when it becomes a solid in your hand when you squeeze it and then a liquid when you relax your palm.

Step 4

Place a bucket of water nearby for a quick hand-washing station!

Step 1

Place 1 cup of corn starch in a bowl.

Step 2

Measure 1 cup of water and add in your color.

Step 3

Gradually add the water to the corn starch, but do not add all at one time. You’ll want to slowly mix it in so as not to add too much water. The mixture is ready when it becomes a solid in your hand when you squeeze it and then a liquid when you relax your palm.

Step 4

Place a bucket of water nearby for a quick hand-washing station!

Educational Benefits of This Oobleck Experiment

Yes, even creative messy play can be educational for your kids! Making oobleck is a fun science experiment, sensory experience, and allows for great opportunities to learn colors and strengthen fine motor skills!

Did you know that sensory play can cause the brain to make new connections and grow? This is one of the many reasons I love sensory play! Add some cups and spoons and this will also help your child strengthen their fine motor skills. See our full list of sensory activities for more sensory play ideas!

Older kids can enjoy making the oobleck, experimenting with the amount of corn starch to water to make the perfect non newtonian fluid. They will be amazed to see how the mixture. can be both a solid and a liquid at the same time.

oobleck science experiment with corn starch and water

 If you makes lots of oobleck, you could even try to walk on top of it! Kids will see that if they walk quickly it will stay solid, but if they walk slowly, their feet will sink into the liquid!

oobleck science experiment with corn starch and water

Educational Benefits of This Oobleck Experiment

Yes, even creative messy play can be educational for your kids! Making oobleck is a fun science experiment, sensory experience, and allows for great opportunities to learn colors and strengthen fine motor skills!

Did you know that sensory play can cause the brain to make new connections and grow? This is one of the many reasons I love sensory play! Add some cups and spoons and this will also help your child strengthen their fine motor skills. See our full list of sensory activities for more sensory play ideas!

Older kids can enjoy making the oobleck, experimenting with the amount of corn starch to water to make the perfect non newtonian fluid. They will be amazed to see how the mixture. can be both a solid and a liquid at the same time.

If you makes lots of oobleck, you could even try to walk on top of it! Kids will see that if they walk quickly it will stay solid, but if they walk slowly, their feet will sink into the liquid!

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What’s Next?

Blooming Paper Flower Experiment

Blooming Paper Flower Experiment

Blooming Paper Flower Experiment

blooming paper flowers experiment

This blooming paper flower activity is magical! Kids can enjoy crafting their own flowers, or cutting out our free printable flowers while working on their scissor skills! Fold in the petals before dropping them down on a shallow plate of water, and get ready for your kiddos to be amazed! Watching the paper flowers bloom in the water is truly magical!

Blooming Paper Flowers for All Ages

This fun activity can be enjoyed by kids of all ages (adults too!). It is such a fun science experiment where kids will learn all about absorption! Even toddlers will enjoy placing the paper down onto the water to see the vibrant colors inside! It is a great way to develop language skills while strengthening color recognition.

Read on to get the free printable flowers and for more color recognition activities, visit our full list of easy to set-up ideas!

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How to Set Up This Blooming Paper Flower Activity

 

In this video, you can see how we put together this magical activity! We used our free printable flowers for a quick set up too. All of the vibrant colors magically opening in water is such a fun sensory experience! Kids will have the best reactions!

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

How to Set Up This Blooming Paper Flower Activity

In this video, you can see how we put together this magical activity! We used our free printable flowers for a quick set up too. All of the vibrant colors magically opening in water is such a fun sensory experience! Kids will have the best reactions!

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

blooming paper flower free printable

Download the Free Blooming Paper Flower Printable

We know grown ups are busy, so we created a free printable so you can easily set up this activity! These flowers come in different shapes, sizes, and colors, but they will all magically open when placed in water!

Make sure that you don’t miss out on our Dot the Rainbow and our Color Mixing Bundle for more ways to explore vibrant colors!

For more printable activities, visit our Printable Shop. It is filled with easy to set-up activities that help strengthen early childhood education skills!

Materials

  • Shallow Dish
  • Water

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Print out our free printable blooming paper flowersWe have the Canon PIXMA G3260 MegaTank printer – we love it because it is budget-friendly and super efficient with color with it’s refillable tanks!

Step 2

Cut out the flowers.

Step 3

Fold the petals into the center of the flower.

Step 4

Place the folded paper on a shallow plate of water and enjoy the magic as the flowers bloom! Be sure to experiment with different types of papers and make predictions about how fast it will absorb the water to open the flower!

Step 1

Print out our free printable blooming paper flowersWe have the Canon PIXMA G3260 MegaTank printer – we love it because it is budget-friendly and super efficient with color with it’s refillable tanks!

Step 2

Cut out the flowers.

Step 3

Fold the petals into the center of the flower.

Step 4

Place the folded paper on a shallow plate of water and enjoy the magic as the flowers bloom! Be sure to experiment with different types of papers and make predictions about how fast it will absorb the water to open the flower!

Educational Benefits of this Blooming Paper Flower Activity

This is such a fun STEM project! It certainly looks like magic, but this is all about absorption. As the fibers in the paper absorb water, it expands and opens up! You can experiment with different types of paper thickness, noting that some papers open up slower or quicker depending on how easily it is able to absorb the water.

Younger children can also learn something too! They will be able to practice their understanding of color recognition while working on language development. Ask them what colors are being revealed, or have them repeat the names of the colors.

blooming paper flowers experiment
blooming paper flowers experiment

Educational Benefits of this Blooming Paper Flower Activity

This is such a fun STEM project! It certainly looks like magic, but this is all about absorption. As the fibers in the paper absorb water, it expands and opens up! You can experiment with different types of paper thickness, noting that some papers open up slower or quicker depending on how easily it is able to absorb the water.

Younger children can also learn something too! They will be able to practice their understanding of color recognition while working on language development. Ask them what colors are being revealed, or have them repeat the names of the colors.

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These wooden peg dolls are beautifully made, vibrant, and multi-cultural! 

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