DIY Color Game for Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers
Learning about colors and playing with colors doesn't always have to be a messy adventure. With this simple DIY Color game you can create a fun learning tool to use with your children on road trips, at the dinner table, or on rainy days when you want to add in a dash of learning play.
There are several ways to use this game, and you will learn three different ways in this post. However, we suspect this game will spark some creative ideas of your own too. Shall we get started?
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1. Cardboard from a cereal box or manila folders-any type of light-weight cardboard
2. Sheets of colored paper-(we used this origami paper)
3. Markers- (We used these markers)
5. Glue Stick- (We love this glue stick)
6. Optional (and not pictured) to help your game cards last longer consider laminating the cards, or use this contact paper.
Step 1. First, select the colors you wish to include in your color game card set. We decided to stick with the colors of the rainbow with a few additional lighter colors too.
Step 2. To make the cards select a sheet of origami paper to start with. We chose to work with red first. We like using the origami paper as it is already a great size and eliminates the need to cut another piece of paper. Simply, apply a bit of glue to one side of the paper and then stick it onto your cardboard (we are using manila folders).
Step 3. Using the scissors cut around the edges of the origami paper you just glued down to the cardboard. Once cut-out, go around the corners of the square one more time to ensure they are all well glued.
Step 4. Turn your new color square over and on the back using the corresponding color of marker write the name of the color. In this case, we wrote the word Red to match with the red paper.
Step 5. If you are using the contact paper or lamenting your cards, at this point your cards are ready to be secured and finished. Do steps 1-5 for each color you are adding to your deck.
Now, how do you use these cards? Great question! These cards are such a great way to help young children interact with the colors in their environments or to introduce them to a color they are about to work with. You can have children pull cards from the deck and ask them to locate that color in objects from around the room. For older children have them hunt around the room to find objects of the same color and place the items on the corresponding card.
Create a color play basket for young babies, or simple go through each card and introduce each color to your baby. If there is a color your baby particulary enjoys, spend more time on that color and talk to your baby about other objects or items around the room or on their clothing that is the same color.
Watch this video for more ideas of how to use your new color game cards!