I’ve seen many cute activities on Pinterest lately made out of paint chips. It must be the new trend in crafting, hehe. Many of the ones I’ve seen are basically matching up the same colors. I like that the activities are colorful, but I wanted one with a little extra educational emphasis, so my 2-year-old, 4-year-old, and my kindergartener could ALL benefit from using them.
So today I came up with this little activity to practice learning capital and lowercase letters. It is composed of cards about 2 1/4″ by 1 1/2″ or so. I glued a same-sized piece of blank index card on the back of each one, to cover up the printing on the back of the paint chip. Then I wrote a capital letter on the back of each one.
On the clothes pins, I glued a punched-out circle from the paint chips on one side, and a small rectangle of index card on the other. I wrote lower case letters on each of these rectangles, making sure that the color dot on the other side matched the color of the corresponding capital letter.
This way, the activity is self-checking. The child matches up the letters by clipping the clothes pin onto the appropriate card, then turns the cards over. If the color dots match, then the letters are correctly matched.
Here it is in action: Joseph worked on matching the letters, while Josiah (with some help from Jonathan) matched the colors. I will have to start working with Josiah on his letters…he can name most of the capitals, but doesn’t know lower case letters yet. Joanna, at 2 years old, will probably just play with matching up the colors for now.
I’m glad to have added another activity to my arsenal…keeping the little guys busy while the older boys do their school work is one of my biggest home-schooling challenges!