Thursday, September 17, 2015

Popsicle Matching Game
Builds on: Color identification, following directions


What you'll need:
2 sheets blue construction paper
2 sheets green construction paper
2 sheets pink construction paper
2 sheets red construction paper
2 sheets white construction paper  
10 popsicle sticks
liquid school glue

What to do:

Use your ruler and pencil to mark out a 4 1/2" x 6" rectangle on each piece of construction paper. Use your scissors to cut them out. Fold each piece in half  widthwise or "hamburger" style so that the paper now measures 4 1/2"  x 3" when folded. 

To make a popsicle spread plenty of glue around one half of the inside of a sheet of paper, place the top half of a popsicle stick on top of the glue and position it to where a popsicle stick should be on a popsicle. Fold the other half over and hold together for a few seconds or place it under a heavy book while you make the other popsicles. Once the glue is dry you can add another layer of the same colored paper to add strength if you need to. 

*Making these is a great activity to do with a helping Roo

The game is simple. Start by giving your Hoot any 2 colored popsicles, you take the other 2 matching popsicles and sit across from your Hoot. Lay your popsicles on the floor in front of you, wait until you have your littles attention, then say " _______ here's my green popsicle. (hold up your popsicle) Where is yours? " On average it takes kids 10-15 seconds to respond to a question, so give them time to process before asking again if they can find their green popsicle. Celebrate a right answer with lots of "Yays!" and hugs. We like to pretend to eat ours. Your little might prefer to hold their popsicles instead of laying them on the ground and that's ok as long as they are able to indicate which on is the one being asked for.

Add more colors once your little gets the idea and starts to recognize colors a little better.  

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