Car Painting

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Reagan has been totally into matchbox cars lately, so it was no wonder that on a recent Michael’s trip she was immediately drawn to a small wooden race car and a train engine. So, for a dollar a piece, we brought them home to be dolled up and played with!

Materials
Paint
Paint Brushes
Egg Carton
Wooden Toys
Something to cover work area

Directions
I like Reagan to be able to make her own choices, especially when she’s creating something. I line up the paint bottles in front of Reagan and have her choose which colors she would like and which egg hole each color should go in. We only squeeze a small amount of paint into each hole; that way when Reagan needs more of a specific color, she can ask for it by name (I need more ‘red’ paint). This activity aides in the strengthening of her color identification skills.

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The paint color will inevitably get mixed together, but who cares, it adds to their creativity. Fine motor skills are practiced by holding a paintbrush, dipping it into paint and then carefully placing it onto the wooden toy.

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The finished products are awesome! The race car has already been designated to daddy’s desk at work, while the train engine has already made it’s way into the ‘parking garage’ in Reagan’s playroom!

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Color Identification/Matching

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When you ask Reagan the color that a specific object is, more times than not, she will answer ‘blue’. Is blue her favorite color or have I been slacking in the color identification aspect of life? I put together a small activity for Reagan and I to play this afternoon and she absolutely loved…eating the pieces to the game. Seriously though, this was a great activity and will be super beneficial in strengthening her color identification and color matching skills.

Materials

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Tape
5 pieces of white paper
One crayon of each color- red, green, yellow, purple and orange
Fruity Cheerios

Directions
On each piece of paper write the name of the color crayon that you are using at the top of the paper, draw a large circle, using the same color, and fill in the circle.
Tape down the pieces of paper to a flat surface, in a arched shape, so that each color can be easily seen and reached by your child.

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At this point, Reagan and I did various things.
1- I pointed to each color, one by one, and told her the name of the color.
2- I then pointed to the colors again, one by one, and repeated their names. This time I asked Reagan to repeat the colors name aloud.
3- I laid each color Cheerio in front of Reagan and one by one, I told her the color name of each Cheerio.
4- I then pointed to each Cheerio, one by one, and repeated their color names. This time I asked Reagan to repeat the color names aloud.
5- I then showed Reagan how to match the Cheerio color to the circle and name color on the papers in front of her. ‘ this Cheerio is red. Can you find the red circle that matches/is the same as this red Cheerio?’ We continued this activity for several minutes.
6- I then gave Reagan multiple Cheerios of the same color and had her group them together onto the matching circles. ‘ can you place all of the yellow Cheerios onto the matching yellow circle?’ Etc.

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Reagan definitely ate more Cheerios than she matched, but she was learning, having fun and eating all at the same time! Which, in my opinion, is a successful activity!
I folded back the pieces of tape and stuck them to the backs of the paper. I stacked up the papers and put them away for future use.
A super easy activity that your child will enjoy, if not the activity portion, at the very least, the Fruity Cheerios!

Have Fun!