This is the first in what I hope to be a summer series on preschoolers. I have had five preschoolers so far, and they all were very different. I’ve tailored my preschool activities for each child. My boys have loved many of the “action” activities, while my girls have preferred seat work. This might be different in your house, and even with each individual child.
Each week I hope to post some ideas of what to do with your preschoolers this summer. Even if you are not a homeschooler, these activities will benefit any young child, and give them a head start in school.
Color Flash Cards
Get some construction paper and cut out a flashcard sized rectangles in basic colors; Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, white, black, brown, and gray. Then on the cards in bold letters write the color name. Use these cards just like flash cards. Hold them up and say, “What color is this card?” When they see the color they will also see the spelling of the color, which will help them later on. You can also give them the card and ask them to find something in the room that is the same color. If you have counting blocks or other colorful manipulatives you can have your child put the manipulatives on the card that is the same color. A favorite in our house is to get a bag of colorful candy and have the child match up the candy and the cards. Then they can eat one color of candy when they are finished. If you want them to last through several children I would cover them with contact paper. These cards have been enjoyed by all my preschoolers.
If you have been painting your house, as I have, you probably have numerous paint chips lying around just waiting to be put to good use. Have your children work on their matching skills by either cutting the chips in half (horizontally) or using two of each chip. Glue the one set of chips to the inside of a manila folder. Then attach a plastic bag or envelope to the other side of folder to hold the second set of chips. Have your child match up the chips. You can make this more difficult by using shades of the same color, or easier by using very different colors. My children love to play this “game” and don’t even realize they are learning. My latest preschooler also likes to pick our her favorite color from the bunch. It changes almost every time.
These are some color activities we do in our house, what do you do in yours?