I’ve completely fallen in love with creating new games and activities for my boys – loving the freedom that homeschooling gives us. These dotty cards are great for ages 2 years and older – it’s an awesome fine motor skill and great for color recognition.
These color dots are so easy and simple to “make” or you can use anything colored like buttons, pompoms, or even counting blocks. It’s up to whatever you have in your home/class. I used my glue gun and some baking paper, made circles, waited for them to dry and colored them using permanent markers (I couldn’t find a link for the ones I used, but I got mine from Pick N Pay, a local supermarket, and this is what they look like) and done!
The printable cards available are in colors and there is also a black and white one that you can print as many as you need and color the circles, or laminate it and use a whiteboard marker to color them and wipe off to change it, to fit with the colors of your buttons, counters etc.
You will need:
- An egg carton with 9 “holes”
- The Dotty Printables (there are colored ones or a black and white one)
- Your choice of colored dots, buttons, pompoms, counters etc.
Once you’ve got it all together – let the child choose a card, put it next to the egg carton and look where the right colors need to go. For instance, if there is a green one in the top left corner, then it needs to be the same in the carton, copying the card. This can keep them busy for a while. My boys are 6, 5 and 3 years old. All 3 of them love it and the older two like to see how quickly they can do it, because everything is a race.
I think that this is such a fun and frugal way to teach color recognition and fine motor skills – kids don’t even know they’re learning! Enjoy it!
Written by Ashlea Zinn