Sorting & Matching Colours

Fine Motor and Colour Activity
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This Sorting and Matching Activity involves matching the small coloured elastic bands (loom bands) and placing them over the matching coloured push pins that have been placed onto a cork board. 
It is a great activity to develop fine motor control, coordination, concentration and learning about colours. 
Sorting and Matching Colours is simple to set up and will arouse any child’s curiosity to play and have fun.
 
*Please remember safety when using push pins.  If your child is not ready to be putting the push pins into the cork board by themselves, complete this part first before giving your child the activity to complete.*
 
What you will need?
Invitation to play with push pins and elastics bands for fine motor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
To set up this invitation to play, you will need a cork board, variety of coloured push pins and coloured elastic bands.  I have used loom bands for this activity because this is something that my older children love doing at the moment and we have lots of them in different colours.  I think large elastic bands would work just the same or could alternatively be placed handing on the cork board over the push pins.
 
If you do not have a cork board, play dough would make a great alternative for this activity.
 
Let’s Play
Matching Colours Activity Idea
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
We only had a limited number of coloured push pins for our activity and decided to add the clear coloured push pin.  We made the clear push pin for orange elastic bands which added an extra challenge.  
Some ideas:
  • Match the coloured elastic bands to the same coloured push pins.
  • Talk about the colours and spot items in the room that are the same colour.
  • With larger elastic bands you could stretch the bands to reach and match up all the coloured push pins together.
Let’s Learn
Simple to set up Fine Motor Activity Ideas
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Learning Opportunities
  • Fine motor control
  • Hand and eye coordination
  • Concentration and problem solving
  • Determination and perseverance to accomplish a task
  • Colours and patterns
  • Matching, sorting and classifying
  • Language development – Colour names
  • Problem solve and overcome challenge
For more Colour Activities and Ideas <CLICK HERE>
Sorting Colours with Cardboard Rolls 1
 

Threading, Fine Motor and Measurement

Fine Motor Threading with Pipe Cleaners and Straws
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
Threading Pipe Cleaners with Straws involves threading smaller length straws onto longer length pipe cleaners.  It is a great fine motor activity that is simple to set up and will arouse any child’s curiosity to play and have fun.  
 
This is also a great activity to introduce and play with the concept of measurement such as length.  Giving children the opportunity to play with measurement helps them learn how to compare objects and use language associated with measurement, such as ‘tall’, ‘taller’, ‘tallest’, ‘short’, ‘shorter’ and ‘shortest’.
 
What you will need?
Learning Tray threading pipe cleaners and straw for fine motor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
You will need thin pipe cleaners cut in half and three longer lengths, straws and scissors.  We also cut the straws to a number of lengths and made three straws to match the length of the pipe cleaners.
 
Let’s Play
Fun Fine Motor Activity Threading Pipe Cleaners with Straws
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
Some Ideas:
  • Measure and match the three length straws to the three pipe cleaners.
  • Set a challenge – Thread the pipe cleaners so that it is completely covered with straws. This is a great opportunity to discuss length, “that straw is too long, let’s find a shorter one.”
  • Create colour patterns with the straws as you thread them onto the pipe cleaner.
  • Bend and mould the pipe cleaner to make shapes. The straws act as the sides of the shape.
*To avoid the straws sliding off the pipe cleaner, create a small bend on one of the ends.*
 
Let’s Learn
Measurement Activity using Pipe Cleaners and Straws
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Learning Opportunities
  • Fine Motor Development
  • Hand-Eye Coordination and Control
  • Cause and Effect
  • Concentration
  • Language development – Such as taller, tallest, shorter, smaller, longer, middle size, too long.
  • Mathematics – Measurement (Length)
  • Problem solve and overcome challenges
Find more Fine Motor Activities <CLICK HERE>
Fine Motor Activities and Play Ideas for Toddlers, Preschoolers and Kids

Hidden Shapes in the Salt Tray

Shape Activities for Kids
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
What shapes can you find in the salt tray?  They are hidden under the salt; use your paint brush to sift through the salt to see if you can find them….
Hiding black paper shapes in our homemade Rainbow Salt Tray and searching for them is a fun, engaging and motivating activity for kids to learn about their shapes.
 
What you will need?
making a salt tray
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
For this activity we have re-used our Rainbow Salt Tray from a previous activity and added black paper cut out shapes. 
Firstly I removed all the salt from the tray and sticky taped 6 main shapes we have been learning onto the rainbow paper.  Then I added the salt back into the tray again.  You will also need a paint brush for this activity.
shape books for kids
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Before starting this activity Miss 2 and I read the book Play Shapes by Begin Smart Books, which is a board/foam book that has removable shapes much like puzzle pieces that are used to match the shapes on different pages.  You can see the black circle in the middle picture is matched to the circles to the ladybug, it inserts into place. 
Let’s Play
hidden shapes in the salt tray
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This was such an exciting play opportunity to learn about shapes for Miss 2 as she sifted with the paint brush through the salt to find the hidden shapes.  The concentration on her face was priceless as she tried to control the stokes with the paint brush.  Miss 2 also tried different techniques for moving the salt around the tray, some were more fast circular sifting strokes and others were long and slow strokes but she had every success in finding the shapes.
Miss 2 loves to copy and repeat words that I say at the moment so this was a great opportunity to continue to encourage this and say the names of the shapes she found.  It is also a great opportunity to count how many sides and corners some of the shapes have.
learning benefits of a salt tray
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Learning Opportunities
  • Creativity
  • Fine Motor Development – Pre-writing skills
  • Hand-Eye Coordination and Control
  • Cause and Effect
  • Concentration
  • Spatial awareness – experimenting with shape and space
  • Language development – shape names
Shapes activities for kidsFind more shape activities & other ideas…..
Exploring Shapes
Rainbow Salt Tray

 

 
 
  
 
 
 
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Animal Rice Art – It’s Colourful magic!

Today I feel incredibly privileged to share a guest post with you written by a lovely blogging friend of mine, Penny  from Wildlife Fun 4 Kids.  Be sure to visit her fabulous website where you will find so many inspiring ideas, fun activities for kids and so much more!
activity for kids
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Children love to touch, they love to play and they especially love magic. This activity extends on one of the activities created here at Learning 4 Kids. It doesn’t take much to prepare but can give your children hours of magical fun (while they learn)!
We are avid followers of Learning 4 Kids. I can’t help getting excited about the activities Janice creates with her children because I know my girls will love each and every one of them. We’ve had fun with the soap slime activity, camping indoors and nature painting, but our favourite so far is the coloured rice! We made a heap of it and tried out all of her suggestions. Then, I had an idea for another extension on this activity and I couldn’t wait to try it out with my girls.
 
While Miss Possum and the Twinkles were playing with the coloured rice (you can learn to make it here), I grabbed a glue stick from the cupboard and drew an animal on the paper in glue. I quickly handed the paper to Miss Possum and asked her to cover the whole sheet with rice. She looked back at me confused.
rice art
 
‘There’s a secret picture on there, it’s magic,’ I said.
‘Oooooh,’ she responded, and her quick little fingers started to cover the paper with rice. Magic is a great encouragement tool!
It’s important to get the rice onto the paper as soon as you’ve finished drawing the animal with the glue stick. Once the glue is on the page it can dry very quickly and that means the rice won’t stick.
 
Once the paper was covered with rice, we patted the rice down with our hands. We then folded the paper slightly and tipped the loose rice into a container and viola, beautiful animal rice art!
Art for kids
We made quite a few animals and then Miss Possum took over and used the magic glue stick herself and it was my turn to cover the paper with rice.
We also extended the activity by drawing numbers, letters and shapes with the glue stick.
Learning experience for this activity
  • Fun, interactive and motivating!
  • Animal recognition
  • Animal appreciation
  • Great for fine motor development and hand/eye coordination
  • The texture of the rice makes for a great sensory activity too!
Thank you so much to Janice for all her hard work on Learning 4 Kids. She is doing a wonderful job teaching her girls, and she’s even teaching mine too!
 
ABOUT PENNY ANE WILDLIFE FUN 4 KIDS
Penny is a wildlife education officer and a mother of three little girls. She writes Wildlife Fun 4 Kids to show parents that it’s not hard to bring wildlife appreciation into the daily life of your child. Her website encourages a love of wildlife in children through engaging, meaningful and fun wildlife activities.
 
You can visit Penny’s website at Wildlife Fun 4 Kids,  follow her Facebook Page or Pinterest

Rainbow Salt Tray

Pre writing activities
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
Why would you need crayons, textas, pencils and paper to draw when you can have more fun with a Rainbow Salt Tray!  Draw pictures, create patterns and practise writing your name with this simple to make Rainbow Salt Tray.  The greatest thing about a Rainbow Salt Tray is that it is cheap to set up, educational, you will find all the items around the home and it will entertain the littlies for hours!
A Rainbow Salt Tray is a great activity for kids of all ages, my 22 month old had a go and my 6 year old also had a play.  I just adapted and encouraged some ideas for them to try as they played.
 
What you will need?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
You will need 5 basic things to create your very own Rainbow Salt Tray: about 100g cooking salt, sticky tape, coloured paper, a tray (see below for some ideas) and a paint brush.
  1. Cut the paper to fit and cover the base of the tray in order of the colours of a rainbow.   
  2. Place sticky tape over the joins of the paper to avoid the salt moving underneath the coloured paper.
  3. Cover the paper lightly with salt.
Tip: Only a small amount of salt is required for this activity as too much can make it harder to see the drawings.  You can also make your tray any colour you would like, possibly your child’s favourite colour, whatever motivates or interests them! 
Some ideas to use for a tray:
  • The lid to a plastic tub or container.
  • A cardboard box with the side cut down to size if needed.
  • A medium to large plastic container that has low sides.
Time to Play!
There are SO MANY things you can do with a Rainbow Salt Tray – here are a few ideas to try!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Rainbow Salt Tray is a great activity for Miss 4 to practise writing her name and for Miss 22 months exploring the cause and effect of what happens when using the paint brush in the salt.  I think the look on her face says it all – FUN!
 
The Rainbow Salt Tray is a fabulous motivator to get kids who need that extra support to learn how to write their names.  The fun is watching the colours come through when writing and drawing in the salt. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Miss 4 loves her numbers at the moment but is reluctant to try and write the ‘more difficult’ shape numbers such as 2 and 5.  She was more willing to have a go in the salt tray because she could so easily shake the tray and try again!  I also lightly formed their shaped in the salt for her to copy and trace over.
Miss 6 practising her current sight words, no boring paper and pencils here!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Rainbow Salt Tray is great for encouraging creativity, with the freedom to make patterns and pictures.
Pre-writing skills actvities 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Shake it and start again!  Hours of fun!!
 
Learning benefits of playing with a Rainbow Salt Tray:
  • Creativity
  • Fine Motor Development – Pre-writing skills
  • Hand-Eye Coordination
  • Cause and Effect
  • Spatial awareness – experimenting with shape and space
Eye spy with my little eye, I spot other great salt tray activities around the web!
Laughing Kids Learn - Salt Drawing or Writing
Teach Preschool - Feather Tip Salt Tray Writing
 
Thanks so much for visiting! xx
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