Updated: Sep 16, 2020
Another day, another way to entertain Joshua. Right now, I am teaching Joshua all about colours, and this is a game I play with him very often. It is super simple, and he can work on his motor skills and language skills at the same time.
Here is what you will need:
Colour Popsicle Sticks
Colour Cups (I use his stacking cups)
Masking Tape the Popsicle sticks onto the wall.
Place the cups underneath and let your little one go wild.
Where can I buy the materials?
You can buy these multicolour popsicle sticks in most stationery shops. They are normally very cheap, between HK$6-12, depending on the area you live in. Don't let your little ones bite them though, as the colour runs once they get wet.
I got my stacking cups from Toys'R'Us, but you can use any colour cups. If you have some paper cups at home, you can just paint them with the colours you desire.
Be patient, this can take a few tries before your toddler understand what he/she is suppose to do. I think it was only after the 2nd or 3rd time we played the game with Joshua that he started to understood what he was supposed to do.
If your toddler hasn't grasped the idea of colours yet, you can try handing him/her the stick and put it in the correct colour cup with them. After a few tries, they will start to understand that they are supposed to place the colour stick in the same colour cup.
Stick the masking tape loosely on the wall. Do not press down too hard, or else it will be very hard for your toddler to pull them off.
To begin with, you might want to leave a bit of the corner of the masking tape up, so it is easier for them to peel off the wall.
Don't give them too many popsicle sticks at once. I found for Joshua, he only has patience for 2 popsicle sticks per colour. Any more, he starts to lose patience and he walks away or starts throwing things.
It is very rewarding once you see your toddler understanding the concept of colours. They will get faster and will be able to correct themselves if they make a mistake. I found this game a good indicator of how they are learning as well, which is always facinating to watch. Don't feel discouraged though if they are not performing as well as the day before. I find toddlers, just like adults, have their good days and bad days too. Or they are simply not in the mood. Just keep going, and they will get again the next time.
I hope you enjoyed the post. I will be posting more home play ideas with you in my upcoming blog posts. Stay safe!
Sending you love & positive thoughts,