Toddler Color Hop
Parks and Indoor Playgrounds, like Giggle Factory, are great gross motor environments, but having a variety of ways to practice these skills at home is also important. This activity is a fun way to practice jumping and recognizing colors.
Draw different colored circles around a sidewalk or other open cement space. We did this on our deck. You could do this beforehand, but we did this together. They picked out colors of chalk and then I drew big circles while labeling the color name.
Pick a starting spot. Ours was the edge of the deck. When you are gathered, explain the version of the game you plan to play first. Keep these directions brief and exciting. These are the two ways we played Color Hop:
1) We ran and hopped around the area and then I called out "find a circle!" and they ran to a circle. I asked, "what color circle did you find?" to each child and they called out the color name.
2) The second version was that we started on the line and then called out a color. I started by calling the colors, later we took turns. I'd call out a color, such as BLUE, and then everyone would run to find a blue circle.
These two version worked on two different ways of recognizing and labeling a color.
* Do similar activity but draw shapes on the sidewalk instead to practice shape recognition.
* Do this activity inside by drawing shapes on paper and tape them down to the floor.
* Create a Color Box
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