Learning is fun when you’re a toddler, teach them with this fun Easter game!
As much as I love teaching Hattie with real world situations-like our bike rides around the farm pointing out ants and cardinals, or our cooking sessions-I also enjoy a little traditional education with her as well. Especially when it’s cold,
or rainy, or too hot! Hattie is extremely busy and active, so trying to stimulate her little mind and calm her down in short spurts is my goal quite often. I am hoping that once she starts school, our years of slowly practicing this will pay off and she will be able to sit and focus for the majority of the school day. I think that I have mentioned before that my husband was severely ADD/ADHD, and while I put no label on my child, I would like to try to curb these side effects-should she have it as well- starting now, not later!
Our activity this week-which she LOVED- only cost me one buckaroo. You heard me. $1-4 quarters-10 dimes-however you want to pronounce it. It was cheap. And super duper fun and easily evolves into a game for older tots as well! You can tell we’ve been on an Easter egg kick here…they are the perfect medium for crafts and learning!
What you need:
-Paint color cards in colors that coordinate with the eggs
I picked up a 6 pack of the large Easter eggs from the Dollar Tree in the primary (ish) SOLID colors. While at Wal-Mart grabbing some groceries, I stopped by the paint section and collected paint color cards that closely matched the eggs (The Glidden brand cards are like super big, so they work perfect for this project). When it was time for the game, I set all of the cards out on a flat surface and gave her a basket filled with the eggs and prompted her to pick an egg. Once she had an egg in her hand (for example, orange) I then asked her where the orange card was. She actually picked the orange egg first off, and matched it successfully, followed by the blue egg. She then put the pink egg on the purple card, but eh…they look alike, so no worries. She tired quickly and wanted to start throwing the eggs around the room, so our sessions were short-like only a few minutes long! I repeated this game every day this week, and she would get excited to see me pulling the egg basket out. I sometimes would shorten her options to just 3 eggs and 3 cards, and she seemed to do well with this.
Tots can cognitively start to notice color similarities at 18 months, so this is a prime time for me to start pumping her with fun learning to stimulate her little sponge of a brain. What a perfect game for this!
For an older child I would suggest making it a 3 part game, and having small items that color coordinate with the eggs as well (these would be cute). Have your kiddo put the toy into the appropriate colored egg, then match the egg to the correct card. You can even build the game, starting with just the eggs and the cards one day, and then adding the small items/toys on day 2. Children love to have a repetitious game with a new twist, so building onto the game would be perfect!
There’s nothing better that you could do with that $1 than this game (except feed your child) so run to the Dollar Tree and Hardware store/Super Store today and gather your supplies. I’m sure your nieces and nephews over for Easter weekend would love to join in the fun, and what a great Easter Eve game to play!
Have a wonderful Good Friday my friends, and a Blessed Easter!
Virtual kisses to you all!