Sunday, March 25, 2012

Popsicle Color Matching

  • Felt in various colors
  • markers to match each felt color (use a white out pen for white)
  • scissors
  • glue or hot glue
  • popsicle sticks

How to Make:
Cut 2 of each popsicle shape, from each color of felt. Glue the top and sides, leaving the bottom open as a pocket for the popsicle stick to go into.

On the first set of popsicle sticks (one for each color), color one end of the stick with the corresponding colored marker and write the name of the color using the corresponding colored marker on the other end. On the backside, write a flavor that corresponds to the color on one end and write the name of the color on the other end.

The woman who created this swap activity for our swap included a second set of popsicle sticks that only have the colors colored on one end of one side and are blank otherwise. This way families could write in a second language for each color if they desired.

She also included a printout with the color songs, which can be downloaded from the Kinder Korner website linked below under resources/inspiration.

How to Use:
Two sets of popsicle sticks are provided so that this game can grow with your child.

Match the color on the stick with the same color popsicle.
Questions to ask: Which colors do you like? What colors are you wearing today? What colors can you find in the room? Can you make two piles: light colors and dark colors?

Match the popsicle with the correct flavor stick. Which is your favorite? Which is your least favorite? Who would eat each popsicle? Can you arrange the popsicles to make a rainbow?

Basic: Start with matching 3 colors. Add more colors to progress.
Intermediate: Match the colors with the written words or the flavors
Advanced: Turn colors face down and play "memory" game to match.
Bilingual: Write the color names in your language of choice on the sticks.

Resources/Inspiration for this project:
  1. Planet of the Apels: Popsicle Matching 
  2. Kinder Korner: A Rainbow of Colors

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