Last week I was at Dollar Tree brainstorming ideas to teach SunnyGirl about colors and further LittleMan’s literacy work when I noticed a plastic storage container which was somewhat oblong and had a lid for pouring. I believe these containers are usually used for storing dry cereal.
When I saw this, I was immediately drawn to it, but I wasn’t 100% sure what I was going to do with it. I just knew it had potential. So I bought one, brought it home, and pondered on it for a day.
Then I discovered that the hole for pouring was the *perfect size* for some of our ball pit balls to easily be dropped in and then poured out. (The balls that fit so well are Playhut brand, in case anyone is curious. The other brands we had handy can be pushed in but are too big to pour out.)
Sunny had already been posting with pompoms, coins, and glass gems for several months now and was quite proficient at it, however I wanted to make this activity more about the colors than about fine motor skills. I gathered one ball of each color (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple) and using a Sharpie marker, wrote the color onto the ball.
We’ve made a bit of a game of it: SunnyGirl picks a ball, LittleMan talks to her about the color of the ball she picked (for example, “its a red ball, red like my milk cup!”), then LittleMan (without looking) guesses at the first letter of color. If he gets it right then we tell SunnyGirl to put the ball into the container and we all clap, if he gets it wrong then SunnyGirl gets to pour the balls already in the container out. Sort of like knocking someone back to start in Sorry.
The kids both seem to be having fun with it, and I’m sure we’ll think of other games to play with these. For $1 and 2 minutes to write colors on the balls, I think its a pretty nifty game.
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