This has been Matty’s favorite sensory box so far, yet his least favorite crafts. We did finger-painting and he hates getting his hands dirty.
Color Learning Tip #3
Use the word “color” when teaching colors. For example, say “this is a flower and it’s color is yellow.” We often ask kids, “what color is this?” or “do you know your colors?”, but rarely attach the attribute “color” to what we’re teaching.
- Popcorn base
- Wooden blocks
- Mega Bloks (he loved putting them in the holes and pouring)
- Counting bears
- Foam stickers
- Foam ball
- Wooden puzzle piece (duck)
- Lemon-scented felt square
Total Spent: $3.88 for popcorn
He LOVED the popcorn. He liked to just sit and run his hands through it, or drop it just a few at a time into the cups to hear the “plink plink” sound. His favorite, though, was leaving tiny little piles of it all around the house. “For keet” (for kitty). He thought they were cat treats for some reason. I even witnessed him chasing the cat down with one and trying to force feed it. Needless to say, this box didn’t last as long as the others–I can only pick up so many tiny piles of popcorn kernels–but definitely worth it.
1. Press Here. I fell in love with this book a while ago, but have been waiting for a good time to introduce it. Matty’s really into “dots” and pushing buttons right now, so it was perfect. The book starts with one yellow dot, with instructions to “press here”. As the page is turned, it’s morphed into 2 dots, with instructions to turn the book on it’s side or shake it, with the dots corresponding to the action. There’s a lot of emphasis on the yellow dots, so it fits well with this theme. Really fun, really cute, and got lots of giggles from Wee One.
2. This is My Duck. Matty got this for his birthday in September, and it’s been a favorite ever since. Each page points out a different attribute of a duck (fluffy yellow feathers, webbed feet), and ends with, and “she says”…which prompts kiddos to push the button to hear “quack, quack”. It also has touch and feel for each attribute. **It seems this book is out of print now, but there’s still some second-hand ones being sold on Amazon.
3. My Many Colored Days. Not specific to yellow, this book covers all colors in a unique way. Ever have a gray day, or a blue day, or a red day? I thought this book might be a bit too abstract and subdued for an active toddler, but alas, he was enamored. We checked it out from the library and ended up renewing it.
1. Handprint Sun. This didn’t work out for us–somebody had too wiggly of hands. But once I let him go back to just using one finger, he had a blast fingerpainting. Sometimes simpler is better!
2. Yellow Song & Dance. Ah, yet another annoying toddler song. But, of course, Matty loves it. We had a bout of sickness around here, so this got played over and over and over again…at least toddler dancing is the cutest thing ever.
3. Lemonade from Scratch.
4. Yellow Snack Tray. Try bananas, yellow peppers, butternut squash, pineapple, corn, peaches, different cheeses, or yellow apples.
5. The Basics. Yellow playdough, markers, stickers, and stamps. Again, simpler is sometimes better!