Monday, June 24, 2013

Red Week: 21 Months

We have been working on colors, so I decided to break the next few weeks into a "color of the week" for our weekly theme.  This will help us explore each color in depth and look at language and vocabulary associated with each.  We are still talking about all the colors throughout the week but many of the sensory and art activities will focus on our weekly color. We planned sensory, art and tray activities around red this week! You can see our trays on the bottom shelf along with Lexi's rolled up mat that she uses during tray time, our red toys for our toy rotation on top of the shelf and our art hanging above. 
Here we are apple printing.
Reviewing our colors by sorting animal manipulatives by color on our color mat.

Do-A-Dot Marker activity, practicing our aim and grasping skills.

Color Drop activity to reach and drop pom pom in the matching colors chute.  I think Lexi liked watching the pom pom fall to the ground more than she cared about getting the colors correct but it was still fun, nonetheless.

A gross motor "Color Run" game we made up on a rainy day this week, combining two of our color "board" games together for some activity fun.  I'll explain this more later in the week!

Do-A-Dot Markers...we made pictures, then practiced aiming for making the dots right on the smiley faces and finally tried to color the apple by aiming for all the dots.  Making Learning Fun has tons of free Do-A-Dot printables you can use with these markers and they are a great way to practice early pencil grasp development.

We practiced matching the right rainbow foam piece with the right color on our homemade puzzle.

Each week I will be making a color themed discovery basket with found objects from around the house.  I spend 15 minutes Monday morning rounding up red toys and objects from all over the house and use it throughout the week.  This is a great language development tool to work on vocabulary and also a wonderful way to develop imaginative play.  It's so fun to watch the ways a child "plays" with these tools and toys in unconventional way.

My DIY magnet board covered with red objects.  Lexi always likes playing with magnets each week and she loves her homemade pom pom ball magnets.  I found a rainbow do-a-dot sheet online, laminated it and used it for a pom pom magnet activity on our board this week.

Our sensory bin this week involved red dyed rice and a scavenger hunt for hidden red buttons.  I think a red finger puppet was snuck in before the pictures after he escaped from our discovery basket :) Lexi LOVED this activity and later in the week I threw in the magnifying glass to help her "search" for button.  

In our reading nook we displayed and read our all our books with red spines from our book collection.

Lexi created this activity herself (aka she brought be these beads and spoon and was begging me to create something with them).  So this week we practice spooning beads into the ice cube tray compartments and counting beads as we dropped them into each space.  Lexi loves counting objects.  When she counts she can only say "oh, two, oh, two" but she still point at each object and likes me to say all the numbers.  

And for some fine motor practice we hammered golf tees into styrofoam and practiced tracing some alphabet letters with tees.

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  1. I love these ideas. Can't wait to try these with my 22 month old daughter!

  2. Awesome activities, Erin ... and I LOVE your photos! Thanks so much for linking up with Montessori Monday! I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page and pinned it to my DIY Sensorial Extensions Board at

  3. These are fantastic ideas! Thank you for documenting!


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