I've been working with my daughter on recognizing her color words. I wanted to come up with a fun way for her to practice matching the words with the colors on her own. And that's how I came up with...
I punched out some squares of paper and laminated them. (Actually I didn't feel like going to the copy store, so I just covered both sides with clear packing tape and trimmed) I focused on the basic colors--red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, white, and black. You could obviously use whatever colors you want or start with the basics and add more later. Then I gathered some clothespins and some small flat wooden craft spoons. I wrote the color words onto the spoons with a black sharpie. Then I glued the spoons onto the clothespins, using some E6000 glue. This isn't totally necessary, but it allows you to use a little larger "font". The clothespins didn't give me quite enough room to write.
All you have to do is have your child clip the color card with the appropriate clothespin.
I purposely wrote the words in black, because I wanted my daughter to actually read the words without any other visual clues. But, there are at least two ways to make this game a little easier:
1. You could write the color words with colored ink. In other words, use a red marker for the word "red" and a blue marker for the word "blue", etc. This would give the child a visual clue as well as introduce them to the written word.
2. Or if you just want a color matching game, dip the ends of the spoons in paint (or color them with a marker). Your child would match the color on the clothespin to the color square.
COLOR CLIPS are a fast and fun educational craft. My daughter loves playing with them. I love that she is recognizing color words. Win. Win.
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