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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

Photographer: Michał Bożek | Source: Unsplash

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.

Photographer: Matt Seymour | Source: Unsplash

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.”

Photographer: La-Rel Easter | Source: Unsplash

Tracking the activity:

8-20 months

Personal, Social and Emotional Development: Making relationships- Interacts with others and explores new situations when supported by familiar person

Communication and Language: Listening and attention- Has a strong exploratory impulse

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?’)

Communication and Language: Speaking- Uses single words

Physical Development: Moving and Handling- When sitting, can lean forward to pick up small toys

16-26 months

Personal, Social and Emotional Development: Making relationships- Plays alongside others

Communication and Language: Understanding- Selects familiar objects by name and will go and find objects when asked, or identify objects from a group

Communication and Language: Speaking- Uses different types of everyday words (nouns, verbs and adjectives, e.g. red, banana, go, sleep, hot)

Physical Development: Moving and Handling- Beginning to balance blocks to build a small tower

Mathematics: Shape, space and measure- Uses blocks to create their own simple structures and arrangements

22-36 months

Communication and Language: Understanding- Understands ‘who’, ‘what’, ‘where’ in simple questions (e.g. Who’s that/can? What’s that? Where is.?)

Expressive arts and design: Exploring and using media and materials- Experiments with blocks, colours and marks