Yep, I’ve done it.
For the love of all things Pinterest I finally did a tutorial on a project I did for my son, inspired by much cooler, much more fashionable/hipster/retro/whatever projects I either pinned or liked.
My son has been pretty good about knowing which colors are which and can point out a certain-colored object. Although if you ask him what color something is, the answer is always ‘blue’.
I decided, in my son’s land of plastic toys and stealing my iPad, that it was time to start introducing some good old-fashioned entertainment.
Besides pulling the pots and pans out and clanging them on the floor.
So here we are, with me trying to make one project and adding in a second one at the same time. And it all fits into a small bag and is pretty cheap and colorful.
You will need:
A box of your son’s crayons you keep locked up in a small box with a snowman on it.
Cupcake liners – the smaller ones I got at Michaels, the bigger one at my local bakery supply shop. (Larger one is optional- just trust me and keep reading.)
Buttons or other objects (I bought these at Michaels in the kid craft section).
To make the color-matching project, you just dig through the crayons till you find the ones that best match the buttons you are using. (Since there are seven colors in the pack, I colored a liner for each color.)
Color the bottom of the liners.
Ta-da! You are done if you are making a color-sorting activity.
For extra fun, read on. To make a project where they can sort into big and small buttons, just write ‘big’ on the big liner, ‘small’ on the small liner (I guess if they can read the words, it doesn’t matter if one is bigger than the other).
Check out my mad coloring skills and excellent printing.
And voila! There you go with your mad extra-credit abilities.
All of this fits in a sandwich bag, but if you are so inclined put it in a box or something vintage. Whatever.
This project is portable, cheap, quiet (unless they drop buttons on the tile floor) and the parts are easily replaceable.
All this rocks my socks.
Using the colored buttons was easy for my son, but then he had too much fun filling all of the liners up so this was pre-color mixing.
Then he had fun dropping them onto the table, but it kept him out of my hair so that was fine.
It’s his game, after all.
If you plan on using them for sorting by size, I suggest pulling buttons that are similar colored but different sizes for that use.
Buttons are FUN!
I just got his hair cut, it’s SO short. Sigh.
Other potential uses for this nifty project:
- Are your kids learning another language? Write the words on the liners and have them sort accordingly- repetition is good for memory!
- Cleaning out your pile of cupcake liners! Do you have a lot of colored ones? Pull out liners to match objects.
- Using some of that cute stuff you bought to make crafts with but never get around to it? let them sort some of that! There you go.
- Pull this out at a restaurant and feel smug that your kid is doing something EDUCATIONAL and not begging to play with your phone. Which you are trying to tweet and check in on.