Toddler Colour-Matching Activity
This activity is created with young toddlers in mind. It is easy to create and links to many areas of the EYFS Development Matters. Just a few items are needed to make this activity which helps to build on language, physical and mathematical development.
Follow our simple step-by-step guide to have a go at this activity today:
What you will need:
· Coloured building blocks
· Pieces of coloured fabric or coloured bowls
Preparing the activity:
1. Find some coloured building blocks in an assortment of colours, at least five. Ensure there is enough for each child to have multiple turns, so the more blocks the better!
2. Lay out 5 pieces of fabric of bowls on the floor which are the same colours as the blocks.
3. Arrange the blocks randomly on the floor near the fabric/bowls.
Doing the activity:
Demonstrate to the children how to play the game. Pick up a block and identify its colour. Then actively point out the fabric/bowls, naming each colour. Again, say the colour of the block and place it on the corresponding fabric or in the bowl of the same colour, explaining how they are the same. For example, “I have a red block, so I’m going to put it on the red fabric, they are the same.”
Encourage the children to do the same, picking up blocks and putting them with their matching fabric or bowl. Some children may not have the language skills to respond verbally but adults should be talking through out the activity, saying the colour they are holding and asking them to find the same colour fabric or bowl.
Constant communication with young children is the best way to help them learn, so maintain verbal interactions through talking and singing. With any activity for young children, close supervision is crucial to ensure they do not put unsuitable items in their mouths.
This activity can be further extended by counting out how many blocks are found of each colour and the blocks can also be used for building colourful creations. Again, adults should be continuously narrating the children’s play to develop their language skills and understanding, such as “I can see you have built a tower using three green blocks, two blue blocks and four red ones.”
Tracking the activity:
Communication and Language: Understanding- Responds to the different things said when in a familiar context with a special person (e.g. ‘Where’s Mummy?’, ‘Where’s your nose?’, ‘Where’s the blue block?’)