Popsicle Stick Homes

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Another super easy activity, to strengthen a few important skills! Color identification, letter recognition, word recognition, matching and fine motor skills are all utilized and strengthened in this basic activity.

Materials
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Scissors
Various colored sheets of paper ( we used 5 different colors)
Popsicle Sticks ( the same number as the number of color sheets you are using ( we used 5)
Matching colored markers to sheets of paper
Tape

directions
Cut sheets of paper around 3 inches wide. Fold ends in and secure with tape.

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Write the name of each colored sheet of paper, in large letters, with corresponding colors, on the end of each popsicle stick. Have your child assist with this by asking them the color of the sheet of paper and then allowing for them to listen to you sound out the color name as they guess which letters come next.

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Call out a color name for your child to find, both that color marker and color folded sheet of paper. Allow your child to color corresponding marker color on corresponding sheet of paper.

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Line up folded sheets of paper and explain to your child that the sheets are the sticks ‘homes’ and they need to find which home the popsicle sticks live in. Have your child pick a popsicle stick, read the letters on the stick, sound out or guess the color name and then match the stick to the correct home, by placing the stick inside the corresponding color house.

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We’ve stored this activity in a plastic zipped sandwich bag and have taken it to restaurants as a distraction and it’s worked wonders!

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Source: Somewhere in the big wide Pinterest world. If I come across post again, I’ll attach site name.

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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!

Felt Board & Matching Ice Cream Color Game

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I came across this fabulous DIY tutorial for a felt board and color matching game on Mamma, Papa, Bubba. I strayed from their felt board tutorial and created my own, but stuck to their adorable ice cream and ice cream cone matching game. One important piece of advice…SHARP, SHARP, SHARP SCISSORS! Although short lived, for now, Reagan loved this activity!

Materials:

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Cork Board – whatever size you like- I found a large framed cork board at target for around $10.00

SHARP Scissors

Large Sheet of White Felt- I got one yard of white felt and have a lot left over. You just need enough to cover your board.

Various Smaller Sheets of Multiple Colors of Felt (the JoAnn Fabrics near our house sells felt squares, that worked perfectly) I purchased two beige squares for the cones and single squares of red, brown, orange, blue, yellow, green and pink for the ice cream and matching circles.

Hot Glue Gun and Glue

Ruler

Marker

Quarter

Directions:

1) Iron the large white felt sheet to remove any bumps and/or creases.

2) Lay the white sheet of felt on top of the cork board and trace, with a marker, around the inside of the cork board molding.IMG_2659

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3) With your SHARP scissors cut along the traced lines.IMG_2662

4) Using your hot glue gun, attached the white sheet of felt to the cork board. I did very small areas at a time, pulling the fabric so that it lined right up against the molding and showed no cork board. I only applied glue along the edges of the cork board. I did not glue anywhere in the middle of the board. ( the picture is from before glueing)

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5) Using a ruler or free hand; draw a cone on the beige piece of square felt (size will depend on how large or small you want your cones to be). Cut out the drawn cone and trace it to create however many cones you may need. Cut all cones out. Early Learning Activities have fabulous printables that can be printed, cut out and traced. I free-handed my first cone…not too shabby!

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6) Free hand an ice cream scoop or print, cut and trace Early Learning Activities free printable. Trace the cut out scoop onto each colored felt square. Cut out all scoops.

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7) Trace the quarter on matching color squares to the ice cream scoops previously cut out. Cut out circles.

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8) Using a hot glue gun, glue one colored circle to each ice cream cone.

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9) Ta Da! And there you have it!

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At first I left all of the cones on the board and handed Reagan one color scoop at a time and said ‘Here is a (color scoop), can you find the (color circle) that is the SAME as your ice cream scoop?’ I then left all of the scoops on the board and did the same having her match the cones to the matching scoop. ‘Here is a (color circle), can you find the (color scoop) that is the SAME as your cone circle?’ After repeating these two activities multiple times. I placed the cones on the board and scattered the scoops next to Reagan and had her match the scoop to the cone independently. I would randomly ask her the color of each cone and/or scoop. Reagan enjoyed this activity and I can definitely see her color identification skills strengthening with the continued use of this activity!

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Reagan walked around the board to place the orange, blue, brown and pink scoops on the cones, which is the reason why they are upside down.
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