Friday, March 9, 2012

Color Word Clips

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...

Color Clips!  

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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